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Put the ''I'' Back in Your Vocabulary

Increase Your Chances for Weight-Loss Success


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Hey, this guy is a behavioral psychologist! This is probably one of the best articles I have read on SP!!! I am going to read the entire three parts. Thanks again SP this article is a big home run! Report
Thank you for a much needed and helpful article! Report
I found this article very insightful. I've been on track, losing weight and increasing my activity levels since July 2014. I still have 70 more pounds to lose. I like this author's suggestion that I am responsible for my own success. I make the choices.
For me, two other concepts have also helped. I saw a motivational sign here in SP that said, "There are 1,440 minutes in a day. Can't you spare 30 of them for exercise?". The other was what my doctor said that kicked off my weight loss quest. "Barb, losing weight is simply more calories out than calories in." It's a simple equation, that I am totally in control of IF I HONESTLY TRACK MY FOOD INTAKE AND ACTIVITIES. Sometimes, the progress is very slow. But it works. Report
I feel (see what i did there) that it should be pointed out that people with eating disorders do this compulsively. Accepting personal responsibility is nice and all, but as a person who is recovering from eating disorders, let me assure you, the "I" thing can get out of hand. For example (trigger warning) i can say "I don't have to eat." I can use that to fuel my disordered behavior all day long.

So, perhaps a more balanced approach is needed? Perhaps we should all learn to see when something is within our power to change and when it is not? Report
Why do I exercise? I do it for me. My health is my responsibility. Not my mother's, my signifant other, my dog, my kid, or whoever. I don't do exercise for my family, my church, god, my mother, the dog, the cat, or the weather. Or whatever.

I do it for me. It's ok to deserve things like self-care. If you feel "controlled", then you definitely need more "I" statements in your life. If you are feeling controlled by others, seeking out some professional help can be a good thing.

I work to make better choices most days.

The hard part about some of these articles is knowing which might apply to your own situation and which ones might not. Report
I really needed something like these 10 steps. I want to keep the weight off. I am grateful! Report
Very good article, Can be applied to all aspects of ones life especially if they
unknowingly have the victim mentality. Report
This story is ridiculous. It's like the whole "power of positive thinking" mentality. The problem with this is that talk is cheap. Take some action, be mindful of your food intake and exercise regularly and you'll lose weight. Report
"I" will make intelligent decisions about my own behavior regarding food and exercise. Report
I need to prioritze making a habit of using I in my weightloss strategy. It reallymakes sense I think itwill be bery helpful Good article. Thanks! Report
Great article. "I" had never thought of this before, but it is SO true. Report
Very insightful! I will definitely be putting the "I", back into my way of thinking Report
I too have put 'I' into my action, thank you SparkPeople!!! Report
I've put the I back into my vocabulary. Report
Taking responsibility for our actions...mmmm seems like a concept that is very lacking in todays society... everyone is too busy pointing fingers and making excuses. Report

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