The sneaky problem with waiting until Monday... [episode 54]

Uncategorized Dec 02, 2019

Did you overdo it for Thanksgiving? I’ve got you.

It’s Monday, and this past weekend was Thanksgiving. If you’re feeling like it’s no big deal and you can move on with your life, congrats! This post isn’t for you. This post is for the person that feels like they’ve “wrecked their weekend” and should just wait until Monday to “get back on track”. This is for the person that feels compelled by the ads to “detox” and “fast” after your big thanksgiving meal. Let’s get right to the point:

You haven’t wrecked anything.

You don’t need to detox, fast, or juice the rest of the weekend to “make up for it”.


What you do need to do?

  • Recognize that YOU are driving the train.
  • Recognize that “Monday” is arbitrary. Today is Friday. Who decided we need to wait THREE ENTIRE DAYS before “getting back on it”?  If you think about it Friday or Saturday is actually a much better time to get yourself prepped and ready instead of a Monday start time. You’ve got more time and less stress, and even if your weekend is busy you’ve likely got a handful of hours that you can carve out to do this.


I’ve been racking my brain to think of examples to compare this tendency to start on Monday to, especially when this mentality of all or nothing starts so early in the week and here are a few examples. I hope at least one resonates with you!


  • Getting a bad grade on a college assignment and waiting until you get four more bad grades to refocus.
  • Being late to work Tuesday and just deciding you’ll start getting to work on time next week since you’ve already been late.
  • You realize you’re only going to get 6 hours of sleep tonight so you decide to forgo it altogether and just sleep tomorrow.


These sound ridiculous, right?! So is waiting until Monday. We can’t see how ridiculous our (very common) line of thinking is because we are too close and have layers of feelings. Things like guilt, frustration, overwhelm, despair, triumph, rebellion and feeling justified all mix together and we can’t see clearly or make an objective choice


Take yourself out of the situation and look at it objectively. From Friday-Sunday if your’e eating 3 meals a day, you have NINE opportunities to change your perspective and make a choice that will make you feel good. One meal does not (and ideally should not) have the power to determine what the other EIGHT meals should be. It’s like the fallacy of flipping a coin - we tend to see each outcome as related to the other and dependent on what happened in the past, but in reality the odds of a heads is 50% and the odds of a tails is 50% and those odds don’t change regardless of what came before it.


So girl, take a deep breath and take the drama out of what you’re eating. It doesn’t make you a bad person if you had too much pie, and you don’t need to punish yourself, throw away all the hard work you HAVE been doing, or lay on the guilt for whatever you ate yesterday. You are SO MUCH MORE than what you ate, and you are going to feel SO MUCH BETTER if you just go back to your normal routine ASAP.




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