If you eat out this weekend, it’s important to remember that you don’t always have control over what is being served, but you always can control how much you actually eat.
Whenever you have a significant dieting experience, like getting through a holiday without losing control, it’s so helpful to take a few moments and write down what you did and how you got yourself to do it. Believe it or not, by the time the next holiday rolls around you may have forgotten!
Sabotaging Thought: It’s not fair that I can’t eat like everyone else on the 4th of July.
Response: My body doesn’t know or care that it’s a holiday. It also doesn’t know or care what everyone around me is eating, it only knows what I eat. But it’s not all or nothing! If I stay in control, I can still enjoy some food AND enjoy all the benefits of losing weight.
If you think, “It’s not fair that I have to work so hard at dieting,” remind yourself, “Yes, it is unfair that some people have to work at losing weight and some don’t. But I have to remember that everyone has unfairnesses in their lives and this happens to be one of mine, but at least there’s something I can do about it!”
It’s a new month and the perfect time to commit to working on a healthy eating plan. Instead of saying, “I’ll start tomorrow/next week/next month,” start RIGHT NOW and if you do, imagine how much better you’ll be feeling by the end of the month!
The Beck Diet Program was developed by Dr. Judith S. Beck with Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW.
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