I learned about positive "mantras" from running. When times get tough or if I really need to buckle down and focus on something, I'd often find that a mantra would just pop into my head and it would be exactly the thing that I needed to hold on to to push me through.
While running CRAZY miles and eating like a fiend to match the calories I was burning every week, I got in the habit of saying "I deserve..." and following that up with some high calorie food because I felt like anyone who ran that far deserved to: drink beer, eat donuts, binge on chocolate, etc. etc. etc. And I was very kind with myself about all of those things "I deserved". I didn't spend time on feeling guilty at all about eating anything because I was working so hard to do it.
Well, mantras work for all kinds of things, and since returning to calorie counting this week I have a new one. Calorie counting is JUST as hard as running 26 miles. Seriously. So instead of saying "I deserve to eat cheese" I've replaced that with:
"I deserve to feel thin"
"I deserve to lose weight"
"I deserve to fit into smaller sizes"
"I deserve to like what I see in the mirror"
And so on. So far, it's working. And MAYBE it might get me through this first weekend. Let's hope so.
What do you deserve?
"It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not" ~Anonymous
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." ~George Elliot
| Pounds lost: 106.2