I think you're right on the money on delayed gratification. It can be tough, but it's so worth it.
I have mixed success with choosing the long term goal, too. I think you're definitely on the right track.
Ideas from a very imperfect Sparker:
*Never forget that each choice you make is an opportunity to help you reach your ultimate goal: Drinking water, eating fruits and vegetables, counting calories, exercise. All of these things in little steps work together to create something awesome.
*Never forget that everyone makes choices that they'll later regret. We've all been there and you're not alone. Share your experiences with others that support your goals.
*Get in the habit of asking yourself "What do I want" before making choices (snacking, fast food, exercise). Do you truly want the short term or the long-term item? I think it's just as much about "getting into a habit of pausing before you choose" as it is about the actual choice you make. You become more mindful.
*Embrace the journey to the new you.
*Keep your goals in front of you or keep motivational quotes in front of you.
*Surround yourself with people who will unconditionally support you in this.
Take care and don't forget to enjoy the journey!
Edited by: NEWRUNNER2 at: 2/19/2013 (15:30)