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A Strategy for Success

Posted Sep 17 2010 2:35am

The other day, I had to make cookies for a bake sale. They were ordinary chocolate-chip cookies. But I found myself eating one and wanting another one. I quickly packed up the cookies and sent them on their little way.

This incident made me think of the hundreds of times over the last 13 years that I’ve had to stop eating “dangerous, bad or tempting foods.” I’ve had a lot of opportunities to gain weight and eat foods that aren’t good for me.

I’ve been to weddings, celebrated countless birthdays, attended uncountable church pot luck dinners and many meetings where food was the focus. Whether it’s a social situation or a situation at home, I still have to make the right choices most of the time.

I know from reading some of your blogs and talking to people “in real life” that we all have countless choices to make throughout the day.

Countless opportunities to make a choice that brings you closer to your goals for yourself or farther away. That brings me to one of my core maintenance and weight loss strategies.

I look at every food as an opportunity to bring me closer to – or farther away from my goals.

Sure, I may want that M&M package or an extra big piece of cheese cake. But do I really want the results of that choice may bring? One cookie or treat won’t hurt anything, and I do eat sweets on occasion. But for the most part, I keep myself reigned in from my danger foods because I never forget my ultimate goal. I want to be healthy, look healthy and set a good example for my family.

Over time, the choice got easier. I’m not perfect – no one is – but I wanted to encourage you to begin thinking about one special strategy that will carry you through your weight loss journey and take you right into maintenance.

Any ideas on what strategy helps you make the right choices – most of the time? Diane

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