Do You Always Start Your Diet On A Monday?

MondayI teach my clients how to lose weight without diets.

I teach them exactly how to know when to eat, what to eat, how much to eat, and when to stop.

Yet, many of them still have leftover snippets from their dieting days.

And when they make a mistake, they love to start over again on a Monday.

Some of us seem to be addicted to the fresh-start quality of beginning something on a Monday.

And so we get in the spin cycle of working on learning how to lose weight, making an error, and starting all over again.

On Monday.

Here’s the problem with this type of thinking:

It’s not that you don’t get a second chance if you make a mistake.

Of course you do.

But we can’t wipe out what we’ve done.

And, we don’t want to.


The reality is that without mistakes we don’t grow. Or learn.

We need to keep making mistakes so that we know the path we need to follow. And so we can be clear about what doesn’t work.

Once we learn something, there really is no such thing as wiping the slate completely clear.

And we don’t really want to do that.

What works is having a plan.

Inevitably falling down as you progress on your plan.

And then… keep on going.

In order to make progress we don’t want to keep going back to the starting line.


We want to brush ourselves off, learn from what we did, and keep on truckin’ forward. Oh yes, also, we forgive ourselves immediately. And we keep moving.

There is no start over here.

And no need for it.

Every single moment of your day is a new opportunity to recommit to the changes you want to make.

And every choice is another chance for a different result.

To point you in a slightly different direction.

All the mistakes we have made have brought us to now.

To who we are in this present moment.

Nothing has gone wrong.

So we don’t need to start over.

But we do need to keep going.

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4 Responses to “Do You Always Start Your Diet On A Monday?”

  1. Lilia Lee says:

    Well said, Cookie! Now is the only moment we have to do.

  2. Yes, Lilia! And all the things we do NOW add up and take us where we want to go.

  3. Karen Blevins says:

    Wow! I needed to read this today. This, in addition to the 100 Days of Weight Loss by Linda Spangle, are helping me out right now. I had lost 6 pounds in the past month, and after the past 2 days of out of town workshops, the scale went up 3 or 4 pounds. But I am NOT giving up.

  4. Karen, good for you for being able to move in the right direction for the past month. The road changes a bit when we’re out of our routine, but as Linda Spangle says, ‘you are never off the road; it just gets wider or more narrow’. You might also find some good exercises in my book, ‘Clearing Your Path to Permanent Weight Loss’. Keep it up! C.