Task 3 is about making time. JB tells us that "to lose weight successfully, dieting should be your top priority for a long time, and maintaining your new habits will always be high on your list if you want to keep off the excess weight for life."
She goes on to say that "Making excuses is a slippery slope that leads to failure."
"No duh," right?
That's it. No quick fix. No "magic" pills or food combinations. No miracle cure promising that the weight will "just fall off." This plan is about making the time, staying focused on developing and maintaining the healthy habits that work.
We all know this, of course.
But in about a month, the holidays will be over and we'll stop being bombarded with food ads and start being bombarded with ads for miracle weight loss plans. They'll all be making promises about how much we can lose in the shortest amount of time.
But we're smarter than that, right?
Yes, of course we need to make time for dieting. We need to make time to read her book, practice our new skills, exercise regularly, plan and prepare our meals. It takes time. It also takes time to get used to this new way of thinking.
What seems to work for me is to get up early in the morning and do some Sparking before breakfast. I read my Advantages & Response cards, some blogs, my Beck book. I decide what I'm going to have for dinner. Then I'm ready to start my day with my intentions firmly in place. After dinner, while tracking my food, I take 15 minutes to go through Sparkcoach. That helps renew my motivation and tends to keep me from "blowing it" with night time eating.
This seems to work for me but I need to work on CONSISTENCY. As much as I hate to (I'm retired, after all!) I may need to set an alarm so I get up early enough EVERY day so I don't find myself making excuses that I don't have the time!
We all have the same 24 hours in every day. If losing weight is truly important to us, we will move it up the priority list and make the time!