As weird as this sounds it works for me. I PROMISED my treadmill and elliptical (and myself of course), that "if" I got on it I would stay on for my pre determined amount of time. Meaning, if I actually enter the room and get on the treadmill with my expectation of doing 30 minutes, I will.
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I made a pact with myself that I would only make changes to diet or exercise that I was willing to and knew that I COULD do forever. I did Atkins before and failed, gained it all back plus more ... this time I did it with more vegetables and smaller portions, and while I am still working on losing more, I have lost 80 lbs and have maintained that for six months. I'm still eating the way I did in the beginning and now I love my vegetables and crave them if I miss them.
When I started my journey I was great following healthy foods and giving up all the "junk" foods I was eating...then the "cravings" started... I wanted to eat everything...that was full of fat and carbs and so high in calories it was going to put on 20 lbs in one meal!!~~ Started to chat to myself...lol...I do that often...AND made a pact with myself...that IF I hit a mini-goal...I would "Treat" myself to ONE of those cravings~~BUT I had to go right back to my healthy foods....334
So Along comes first mini goal...I had my "fatty fast food treat" and DID go right back on my healthy eating plan....then set another Mini goal....and started "PLANNING" my next "treat"... May not be everyone's Cup of Tea...but it motivated me to get to each new mini-goal and I lost 90 lbs~224
I have made a pact with myself that I will eat mostly whole type foods. It's great b/c they tend to be more filling and lower in calories. It took me some time to get used to not having processed food and junk, but now I crave fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean meats. I do indulge in some processed foods, but I try to make them healthier things like tofu and lighter cheeses.
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