Here you are clipping away
on Day Three of your diet. You’re past Days One and Two, and you’re still going
strong. You like this diet. It’s a good one for you. You’ve been on it before,
and you know you like the selection of foods. All that’s left is for the weight
to start dropping off you.
Wrong. There is something
you don’t know. But what is it that you don’t know, and is it
important to know what you don’t know?
Yes, and it goes straight
to the heart of successful dieting. In order to be a truly
successful dieter, you need to be able to assess your ongoing competence as a
dieter. On Day Three or Week Three, you might assume you have what it takes to
diet successfully. But you may be wrong—unless you know what you don’t know
about you and dieting.
What’s the catch? There's no catch: the better able you
are to tell how well or how poorly you’re doing, the better you’ll do. In other
words, your skill level has a lot to do with how well you monitor yourself and
find out what you do and don’t know how to do in relation to dieting. This
self-monitoring tells you when you need to make adjustments. And it’s making
adjustments, tweaking this, redirecting yourself to that, augmenting what you
did, doing what you forgot to do, that makes all the difference between success
and failure. That’s how it goes.
The more you know how to
pay attention to yourself as you go along with your dieting, the more skilled a dieter
you’ll be. And the more skilled a dieter you become, the better you will be at