Sunday, March 18, 2012
Dear Family Members,
I have decided to commit to a healthy lifestyle program. These changes are important to me - I want to live a long, healthy life. I have been told, and I believe, that it is actually selfish not to take care of myself. If I get sick the entire family will suffer.
Your help will be tremendously appreciated.
Ten Commandments For Family Members
1. Periodically ask me if there is anything you can do to help me in my quest for health.
2. Be open to trying new foods.
3. Never ask me how much I weigh.
4. Never be a "saboteur". Saboteurs make statements like: "Oh, you don't have to exercise today; you can eat that - you've lost enough weight; you're getting neurotic about this". Saboteurs also ask questions such as: " Why are you eating that - I though you were on a diet; how are you going to lose eating that way; why aren't you exercising today?"
5. work with me to find solutions to problem foods in the home. There is always a solution. Possible solutions include: hiding problem food; finding substitute foods that i don't like; going out to eat the problem food rather than having it in the house.
6. If you bring the problem foods in the home, please do not leave them hanging around to "tempt" me.
7. All me personal time I need to complete this program: time to exercise, time to shop for healthier foods, time to "de-stress."
8. Please become a team player in my quest for health.
9. Periodically ask me if there is anything you can do to help me in my quest for health.
10. Encourage me when I feel overwhelmed.
Lifestyle Management Associates and Dr. Jane Pentz 2005