“I’m going to behave myself this Easter. I’m going to just have a couple of bites of my chocolate bunny and that’s me done!” Next minute, you’re surrounded by empty wrappers and in a near-comatose state, nursing a majorly swollen belly.

Sound familiar? It happens to the best of us. Let’s face it: chocolate is delicious and it’s nearly impossible to stop at just one bite (unless it happens to be 99% dark chocolate.) The important thing to remember is that it’s just one day, so there’s no need to go all ‘Dobby is a bad elf’ on yourself.

I know, I know — it’s easier said than done. Which is exactly why we’ve compiled this practical guide to not beating yourself up after the Easter chocolate binge.

Remember the facts

Right now, it may feel as though you’ve gained a billion kilos and that someone is going to enter you into a freak show as ‘The Incredible Elephant Woman.’ But trust me — you haven’t, and they won’t. Let’s look at the facts, shall we? To gain one pound (about half a kilo), you’d have to eat 3500 calories. Somehow, I doubt you ate that much chocolate and even if you did, the weight is unlikely to stay on for long. Just make sure you stay well away from the scales — the number is going to be up, even if you haven’t actually gained weight.

Another important thing to remember is that fat is not a feeling. That is, if you didn’t feel fat this morning and now you do after all those easter eggs — guess what, you ain’t fat!

Get active

Considering it would take 20 minutes of HIIT just to burn off one mini Cadbury easter egg, trying to undo your bingeing with exercise would be pointless. However, getting outdoors and smashing out a workout will automatically make you feel a helluva lot better, even if the benefits are only psychological (gotta love those endorphins!) It also helps you sweat out some of the toxins and will make you feel less sluggish and bloated.

Have a plan

One of the best ways to immediately feel better after you’ve binged is to have a plan for how you’re going to move forward and eat healthier tomorrow.

“I think I speak for everyone when I say that the Easter break goes hand in hand with overindulging,” Fitness Expert and Personal Trainer Sam Wood told Sporteluxe.“The good news is that when we’ve been a bit naughty over Easter, it can actually act as the perfect catalyst and much needed kick in the pants to be more conscious about our health, and of course, burn off all of those choccie eggs.”

The A Girl In Progress goal setting worksheet is the perfect way to get yourself back on track with your health and fitness goals. You can grab it here.

Gain some perspective

Yes, you overdid it on the chocolate. But (providing it’s not an everyday thing), is it really going to matter in week’s time, let alone in a year? I think not. You got to spend Easter with your friends or family (who were kind enough to buy you choccies) and that’s pretty damn awesome. And even if you didn’t, you’re alive and got to eat chocolate! Sometimes, you just need to remind yourself that what you’re dealing with pales in comparison to what many other people are going through. I highly recommend reading this letter from Holly Butcher, who recently lost her battle with a rare type of cancer at the age of 27. It really puts things into perspective.

Emma Norris

A Girl In Progress