Sticking to a diet plan is something you can learn how to do.
One of the most important things you can learn is how to cope with high risk diet situations. Here's one.
You've been doing great on your diet for five weeks and you've lost 10 lbs. You haven't missed one Weight Watchers meeting. Things have been going very well.
In fact, you're feeling so good about how you look that you make a date to have lunch with an old friend whom you haven't seen in three years.
Your old friend shows up at the restaurant 35 lbs thinner than when you last saw her. She's a size 4. You're jealous, and you feel embarrassed by your weight. Seeing her makes you feel like you'll never be able to get thin enough. All your pride in your weight loss accomplishment flies out the window. You feel humiliated. All you want to do is eat. Help!
What if you had brought along an emergency rescue kit? Here's what could be in it.
a counter thought - Whenever I feel my self-esteem slipping, I'll note that I am feeling this way and I'll save the idea for when I get home and I can figure out why.
a pre-plan - I have already decided to have a salad and fish for lunch and if I want a treat, I'll save it for my Weight Watchers' pop in the freezer.
on-the-spot strategy - If I have a strong desire to eat off my diet, I'll see if there's someone nearby I can talk to about it, someone who can understand. If not, I'll call a friend.
anytime strategy - Whatever the circumstance, wherever I am, whomever I'm with, whatever time of day, when I feel like cheating I'll wait ten minutes after I first get the urge: Then I can do it if I still want to.
Whenever possible, I'll talk with other women who have been successful at losing weight, and I'll find out about different things they did to stick to it.
Any time I do cheat, I will remember that it is what I do after the cheat that counts. If I get back on after a cheat, I'll reach my goal. If I don't, I won't.
Would any of these first aids help in this kind of situation?