Sunday, January 04, 2009
Day 71 with 29 days to go
It's Too Hard!
Every few months we decide we're going to lose weight. We gear up by telling ourselves that "This time I will stick to my diet perfectly, walk every day and never eat when I'm NOT hungry." On the chosen day, which is usually Monday, we begin weighing and measuring food, writing on our journal, tracking food and exercises. Everything is going smoothly til an unexpected event comes along. We struggle to stay on the plan. Demands put on us from family, work, even the dog make every day a challenge. Finally, we want to give up on the diet because "It's just too hard, I can't keep up with it."
That's not a good reason to give up! You need to learn how to face the tough times without allowing them to pull you off track.
I Can Do Hard Things
Think about it, you have done many hard things in your life, giving birth, working at a job you don't particularly like, moving to a new city, cleaning the house -- you CAN do hard things! Instead of caving in on your food program because you think it's too hard, buck up and tell yourself: "Of course it's hard, but I've done a lot of difficult things in my life and this isn't any different. I know what I have to do, and I can do it -- I can do hard things."
Be Willing To Do The Work
There's no way to avoid it -- losing weight takes a lot of effort. You have to plan your meals, track what you eat and avoid temptations. Sometimes you have to make difficult decisions, tackle challenges, and manage people or situations that feel extremely difficult. If you can find the courage and the focus to put up with the hard parts, you'll reach the goals you want so badly.
... In your notebook, write, "I can do hard things."
...make a list of hard things you've done in the past. Remind yourself that you are a strong person.
...renew your commitment to doing the work that's involved in this project. Tell yourself that you can do hard things, including staying on your diet and your exercise plan. Then DO IT.