June 30, 2016 – Think Thin Thursday

If dieting is feeling really hard and you’re feeling a lot of deprivation, it may be because you’re being too restrictive.  Make sure you don’t fall back into old dieting notions of thinking you have to cut out certain foods entirely. Doing so always ultimately backfires because you’ll start rebelling against what you’re doing and go too far the other way.

June 29, 2016 – Wednesday Sabotage

Wednesday Sabotage:  I’m going to just give in and eat [this unplanned food] because I don’t want to think about dieting right now.

Response:  There’s no such thing as not thinking about it, just delaying thinking about it. If I choose to ‘not think about it’ now and eat off my plan, I’ll definitely think about it later when I’m regretting it. If I choose to think about it now and put in the effort to resist, I get to feel really proud of myself later.  But either way I’m going to think about it.

 

 

June 28, 2016 – Tuesday Reality Check

If you’re tempted to overeat something because it tastes really good, remind yourself, “This is not my last chance to have this food! I can always plan to have it again so I don’t need to load up on it now. There will always be an opportunity to have more.”

June 27, 2016 – Monday Motivation

We asked one maintainer how she stays motivated and she told us, “I feel happy in my body every day and I love not worrying about what to wear. I try to never take these things for granted and constantly remind myself how worth it this is.”

June 24, 2016 – Friday Weekend Warm-up

This weekend, work on giving yourself CREDIT! Really focus on and point out to yourself all the great things you’re doing each day. Doing so will make you feel good about what you’re doing and help you to stay on track during these tough weekend days.

June 23, 2016 – Think Thin Thursday

If dieting is feeling really hard and you’re feeling a lot of deprivation, it may be because you’re being too restrictive. Make sure you don’t fall back into old dieting notions of thinking you have to cut out certain foods entirely. Doing so always ultimately backfires because you’ll start rebelling against what you’re doing and go too far the other way.

June 22, 2016 – Wednesday Sabotage

Sabotaging Thought: I really want to eat a second piece of cake, even though I only planned to have one.

Response: While I might enjoy it for a few minutes (although chances are I won’t enjoy it as much as the first piece because the whole time I’m eating it I’m going to know I shouldn’t be doing this), I’ll ultimately end up regretting getting off track for so much longer. It’s not worth it.

June 20, 2016 – Monday Motivation

This week, instead of having a number goal in mind (meaning, a number you’ll see on the scale), have a habit goal in mind. Commit to something like eating everything sitting down, or eating just one dessert a day, or going for a 30-minute walk 5 times a week, or eating more vegetables with meals. Doing so will give you something concrete to work on, instead of just stressing about the number.

June 17, 2016 – Friday Weekend Warm-up

If you think, “I can get back on track after the weekend,” remind yourself, “How many times have I ‘started my diet’ on a Monday? I could have lose weight and kept it off for years now if I didn’t use that excuse.”

June 16, 2016 – Think Thin Thursday

If you have tempting leftovers in your house, it’s critical to make a plan for exactly when and how much you’re going to have. That way, it will be much easier to resist them at any given moment because you’ll be able to say to yourself, “I don’t need to have this now, I get to have some for dinner tonight.” If you have no plan, resisting will be much more difficult.