We are now getting into the 3rd month of 2019. How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions? Are you still committed or have you quit trying? One thing I see commonly with a new diet or eating plan and that I have done myself is starting over on Monday, sound familiar? That is the same thing as quitting. Quitting is a habit, initially you feel relief but then you feel guilty. If you feel bad (deprived) when you are initially trying to eat healthy and you feel bad quitting, you might as well choose to eat healthy which will get you closer to your goal.
The problem is that we beat ourselves up when we don’t follow our eating plan and then we tell ourselves, “Oh well, I blew it, might as well keep going and start over again next week”. The problem with this thinking is that something always comes up as to why we can’t start next week and our hope of a thinner body becomes a pipe dream. Stop listening to the toddler part of your brain and use your pre-frontal cortex or parent brain to pause, learn from your mistakes and move on at the next meal instead of next week, month or year.
Remember, not eating is easy, it is what we do with all the chatter our toddler brains come up with that will make the difference. Remind yourself why you want to eat healthier and why that matters more than the cupcake in the moment. Write the reasons why you want to lose weight, eat healthier, exercise on 3 X 5 cards with some thoughts that will keep you motivated and put them in your car, lunch box, on your mirror, on the refrigerator, and in the pantry. Honoring commitments to yourself can become a habit as well.
Here are a few commitment thoughts I had:
I am committed to losing the last ____ lbs no matter what.
I will do whatever it takes to lose the last _____ lbs.
I am becoming a person who sticks to her eating plan.
Losing weight for the last time means more to me than eating ______ in the moment.
Don’t forget to plan your meals 24 hours ahead of time and plan the exceptions as well; you will be more likely to stick to your eating plan that way. Bring your lunch to work and just decide that you won’t eat anything you have not brought yourself and that makes it easier to say no to all the cookies, cakes, candies, etc that everyone brings in. Initially it is hard to say no to all of that but after a few times it becomes easy and now people don’t even ask me anymore because they know I will say no. My thought for this was, “I prefer to stick to my plan” or “I choose to not eat food off my plan at work; I prefer to plan it for my off time with family”.
Think about where you want to be at the end of 2019 with your health, weight and fitness. You are worth the time and effort it takes to complete your goal. Are you tired of dieting and want to lose weight for the last time? Now is the time to recommit and make 2019 the last time you lose weight. If you want to learn what worked for me and make an eating plan tailored to the reasons why you overeat, click on https://weightlosswithwendy.coach