Do you feel like you need to make enormous changes to lose the weight? What if all it takes are small changes. Would you be surprised?
Actually, it's the accumulation of small changes that gives you the power and ability to lose the weight successfully.
The small changes we encourage you to make are not really so small.
They seem small relative to what precedes them. Each little new step
you take should be relatively easy, different from what you were doing
up to that point, but not very different. That's why little changes
don't take much effort, and each little change you make gets you ready
for the next little change. These little changes add up to a real
transformation. There is power and strength gained as you go through
the change process in this way. It is a multi-faceted strategy that
accomplishes the following:
Lets you gradually tear down bad habits, the same way you gradually built them up
Helps take the pain and struggle out of the weight-loss challenge
Builds self-confidence through the experience of many mini-successes
Avoids the impatience that comes from having only one big goal to shoot for
The whole sequence of small, cumulative change steps ends up in a
complex and meaningful change in relation to your starting point. And
yet, when you get there, you should feel perfectly comfortable, as
though it is natural for you to be there.
This contrasts sharply with trying to change big things about you
and your eating habits all at once. This takes huge effort and can make you
feel like you are attempting the impossible, as though you are defeated
before you even begin.
If you are like so many other women, you may have said to yourself
in the past: OK, Monday I'll start dieting and I'll be good. I won't
cheat. I'll lose 30 lbs by the spring. I'll eat just what the diet says,
and I'll walk every day for 45 minutes.
Wow, that sounds hard and all-of-a-sudden. But, what if you said to
yourself something like this: Tomorrow I will take note of times during
the day when I tend to eat too much.
Doesn't that sound easier? And it will tell you a lot.