When Your Intentions Don’t Equal Your Weight Loss Behavior.
Posted Jun 12 2013 12:53pm
What’s missing? There’s your intention and then there’s your
You intend to: this is your intention (of course). Then you
don’t: this is your behavior.
You had every intention to ________. Fill in the blank.
But then you didn’t ______. Fill in the blank again.
When it comes to losing unwanted weight and then maintaining
lost weight, how many of your intentions go unfulfilled? What went wrong? Are
you missing something?
Maybe you’re not ready to do what you intend. Your desire may
not be strong enough or solidly backed up by doable weight loss plans, fitting
weight loss strategies, and the perseverance needed to implement these plans
One way to get ready is to anticipate what will block your
way to successful weight loss and weight loss maintenance. Make an exhaustive
list, and don’t skimp on possibilities. You will be certain of some and not so
certain of other possibilities. If you’ve been there before, try to remember
what happened last time. What was the cause of your intention-behavior gap?
Once you’ve made a list, rank order at least 5 of the most
possible possibilities. These will be the biggest hurdles for you, and they
will be what stand between your intention and your behavior. So take the mystery
out of why what-you-intend you cannot do. Identify the missing link between
intention and behavior first, and then go about doing something about it.