A Plan for Losing Excess Weight May Not Be All That It’s Cracked Up To Be. If So, Here’s How to Fix It.
Posted Jan 16 2013 5:00am
“Here’s how I’m going to ___________.” How many times have
you thought or actually said this to yourself during the process of weight
loss? “Here’s how I’m going to handle my afternoon hunger.” “Here’s how I’m
going to deal with my frustrations so I don’t snack myself to death tonight.” “Here
how I’m going to improve my eating today.”
You didn’t know if it would work. You thought it might, and
you thought it was worth a try.
Here’s something you can do to make this kind of weight-loss
activity—what you’re thinking of doing—more likely to work.
You establish what you’re going to do, let’s say about not
eating off your diet the way you did yesterday. Then set the opposite of what
you’re going to do up against what you’re going to do. This kind of mind
experiment opens up alternative ways of handling the situation.
For instance, making sure you have a better day emotionally
is the way you’ve chosen to keep on the diet straight and narrow today. What
you will set against that plan is the idea of having the worst kind of day
emotionally today. As you think over just what it means for you to have the
worst day emotionally, you may come up with some thoughts about what
specifically would cause you to have such a lousy emotional day. You could then
turn your attention to these matters in order to prevent them or turn them
around into that better day you need for diet management.