They are all perfect at different times of the day depending on what is going on at the single moment.
I like number 5 and that is what I tell myself when I see a Reeses and know I can't have it. There are a million foods out there, and I love them all. Just because I can't have Reeses or Cheetos doesn't mean I am stuck with something I don't like, just different. I can change my mood with tools I learned in WW far more easily than I can lose weight again.
Nell Reston, Virginia (DC suburbs)
No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.
Today is a great day to start over. Which idea(s) will help you the most? Mine is definitely # 6
Title: :The THIN commandments diet by Stephen Gould, Ph.d.(2005) Superb book!
Make an AUDIO TAPE and listen to it again and again, or print it and read it over and over. Here are only 8 of his many excellent ideas.
1. "What is wrong with this picture of my life that I am losing to a piece of food, taking orders from a cookie(or whatever your problem food may be)?"
2. I will start my food plan today. I don't want to wait. I wont say that I'll start eating well tomorrow. How many times have I said it before? Saying tomorrow is saying I'll NOT do it today. THIS is the tomorrow I spoke of yesterday. I would never run a buisiness the way I've treated my own body and my weight problem. If this were something I needed to do for my children or someone I love, I would have done it a long time ago. Now, indeed, I'LL DO IT FOR SOMEONE I LOVE- MYSELF."
3. "Today, I'll start living as never before. I'll remember that thin begins in the supermarket. I'll buy the foods that support my success and AVOID the ones that sabotage it. if it's not in my kitchen, IT'S NOT ON MY HIPS."
4. Remind yourself why you're doing this. "None of my clothes fit. I can't bear to look at the picture of my myself or in the mirror. I'm not taking care of my health or the QUALITY of my life."
5. Talk about the journey. "There's not a single food that I'll see today that I haven't seen or tasted before. I have seen it all. I have tasted it all, and it hasn't made me happy: IT HAS ONLY MADE ME HEAVY. This is not a mountain to climb. It is just a few patterns to master. I've overcome a great deal in my life. I CAN LEARN to manage three meals and two or three snacks a day. That is my only challenge to buy a lifetime of being trim. What's the worst that can happen to me? I will just see or smell a food that I'd like to eat. It will not be new. I have seen and tasted it before. A food temptation is simply a feeling. It's NOT A COMMAND. It lasts about 4 to 12 minutes. If I break the eye contact and say "NO WAY!" it will pass. ISN'T THIN WORTH 4 TO 12 MINUTES OF STANDING UP TO A FEELING?"
6. Remind yourself of your history. "What I have done in the past has not worked. That's why I'll do it a new way using strategy. Strategy gives me the road map that makes it possible. I'll work on my strategy one day at a time".
7. If you are a stress eater, be sure to remind yourself that FOOD DOESN'T SOLVE PROBLEMS. "If I have an upsetting situation, I will say to myself, I have an uncomfortable feeling, but it is NOT about food. Eating over it will not make me happy. IT WILL ONLY MAKE ME HEAVY. Even if I can't solve the problem or change the person who is upsetting me, but not eating, I break a major pattern that has made me heavy. May be I can't do anything about other problems in my life, but my weight is one area that I HAVE THE POWER To CHANGE. And I'll use that power."
8. End with EMPOWEMENT and PRESPECTIVE. "In a world that there is cancer, and AIDS, and homelessness, WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL IF I SAY NO THANKS TO PROBLEM FOOD SO I CAN SAY YES TO BEING THIN? Did I come so far in life to take order from a (problem food)? Remind yourself of your POWER. I deserve to be trim. I deserve to succeed with this. I deserve to be in control in my life with food".
Again, tape it on a taperecorder and listen again and again, or print it and read it over and over.
I'll celebrate 12 years of maintenance on July 2nd, 2016!
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