Time-Out

 

“I wish someone would tell me to sit in the corner and think about what I ate.”

-someEcards

I don’t know about you, but I spent hours a day (I kid! Maybe.) facing the corner wall. You say “time-out”, I think of pastel striped wallpaper staring back at me.

All that time in the corner was for me to pull it together. To think about what I had done and make a plan for how I could do better next time. In a way, this could apply to eating decisions as well. Instead of jumping on the hamster wheel and running with the guilt, face the pastel striped wallpaper and really think about it.

There is a fine line between guilt and regret. Guilt shames the person, regret shames the actions. (Find a corner and) think about it.

Regret provides you the opportunity to change.

Let’s say you overate at a meal. Stuffed to the brim and had to unbuckle one (or two) notches on your belt. Guilt says one of two things. First, “You have several more notches on your belt to go, let’s stop for ice cream.” Or, “You have failed so miserably, you shouldn’t eat the rest of the day.”

Regret finds the middle road. Regret sits with the uncomfortableness from that meal (yes, facing the pastel striped wallpaper in the corner of the room) and learns from the experience. Regret allows you to change, and for you to do better next time.

As a side note, I did not sit in time-out for two hours a day. That was my sister :)

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