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Don't handicap yourself. Know your weight history.

Posted Apr 11 2009 12:56am

There's something you bring to any weight loss effort - your history. It's important to respect that.

You can't rewrite your history, but you can acknowledge it. When you have a problem with weight control, this is a good way to shed more light on the problem. It's also a way to let yourself off the hook. Instead of feeling like a total screw-up when it comes to your eating and your weight, you can begin to see reasons why you are the way you are.

Here's a wonderful little exercise that many women have found extremely helpful. Write a history of your weight problems, as short or long as you like. Start from any point you can remember. See if you can follow the problem to see the different things that led you to where you are right now.

If you come to a diet blind to what you've been through, you are handicapping yourself. History-taking will help put your mind to what matters in solving these issues. It will go a long way toward making your diet and weight loss efforts work.

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