Oh dear! It’s Monday, the most popular day for starting a diet and here you are ……again. Don’t be too hard on yourself as there are millions who feel the way you do right now.
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got”. This is so true for dieting so I hope you will agree that you need to do something different this time.
Over the years, I have realised that one of the biggest reasons that people fall off the wagon is because they start bargaining with themselves. “Just one won’t hurt”, “I can take tonight off and be extra good tomorrow”, “I’ll stop for the wedding I’m going to and get back on after”, “I’m feeling exhausted tonight. I’ll allow myself one takeaway”, “If I do a workout, I can have a chocolate”.
The problem with thinking this way is that it starts a slippery slope and it’s short term thinking.
If you are serious about losing weight and keeping it off, you need to be pushing yourself to do things you thought you couldn’t do, to learn new good habits and to set yourself testing boundaries that you aim not to cross. For example, instead of allowing yourself time off for the wedding, challenge yourself to stick to plan. Yes it will be hard but imagine how great you will feel once you’ve achieved it! By stepping out of your comfort zone, learning new coping skills and more importantly setting and respecting a new boundary, you take the first step in realising you are in control, you can achieve more than you think and you learn really important behaviours that will get you to your goal. When you are slim and gorgeous, you will be saying “no” a lot more often so now is a great time to start learning.
Be strong. Set a time limit and make a contract with yourself that you will stick to your plan …… no matter what!