This works for me - if I am "stuck" and having difficulty motivating myself, or I notice a lot of negative 'self-talk,' I start writing down a conversation with this inner voice, using an objective, journalistic, "adult" voice to ask questions of myself and get to the root of my feelings. Tapping into this encouraging, grown-up part of who I am helps to work the negatives out of my thinking and return me to a more positive and courageous mindset. It's like being my own best friend!
Setting up shop with the food journal takes time, but once you've made lists of "favorites" and "food groupings", it can usually be done in less than 10 minutes a day. Once selected, the groupings can easily altered by adding or subtracting a food to that particular meal.
If you can't find the motivation to put pen to paper everyday, try http://750words.com and they will e-mail you every morning to log in and write your private 750 words. That's usually just the amount of rambling I need to get to the heart of what I am thinking about. Plus there is a wall of awesomeness for people who write everyday for the month!
If you're in the supermarket at a certain time, you'll see little trays of sample foods in the store. Don't taste them unless you are willing to log what you ate and count the calories. Remember: Every Little Bite Counts!
Learn to recognize when you're beginning to sabotage yourself. Separate yourself from that voice and say to it, "I'm not listening to you -- I can do this!
when i feel that way I take a journal and write on one page and answer the negative ideas on the opposite page after taking a break. Often then I can respond as I would if answering a friend or colleague and listen to the positive side of myself.
I printed out The 10 Secrets of Success Mind Over Body Series that was re-issued this month. I bought a notebook for journaling.
I love to write and anybody who knows me knows I keep many journals. One I keep is called a Humour Journal, another a Blessings Journal and a Happy Journal. They sound similar but are different. When I am feeling down I pick up one of these and flip through my entries and it picks my mood up.
I have a journal that I write three positive steps that I took that day towards a healthier lifestyle. Sometimes, it's the only thing that I write in the journal, sometimes I write more. But if I'm ever feeling down or need a reminder on how far I have come, I can look at that journal.