“I really regret eating healthy today,” said NO ONE EVER! This weekend, focus on healthy eating. You won’t regret it!
Our diet tips provide daily motivation and problem solving to help you stick to your diet plan. It’s an extra bit of motivation to help you start your day right.
Think Thin Thursday Tip: If you make a dieting mistake and start to catastrophize, ask yourself, “What would I say to my best friend if she told me about a mistake she made?” Chances are you’d be more compassionate to a friend than you would be to yourself. In dieting, you’ll make many, many mistakes. It’s important to be compassionate to yourself so that you’re able to learn from them and move on.
Wednesday Sabotage: If I can’t stay on track now, how will I ever be able to do it in the future?
Response: Being off track is NOT an indication that I can’t do it (now or in the future), it’s simply a sign that I need more practice. Like any skill, the more I practice, the better I’ll get. This is no different!
Tuesday Reality Check: It’s not about having time, it’s about making time. You CAN find time to prepare healthy food, meal plan, exercise, etc., if you make it a top priority. Maybe you don’t have time to exercise 60 minutes a day or meal prep 2 hours on the weekend, but ANYTHING is better than nothing.
Monday Motivation: If you’ve made a resolution to lose weight, remember that learning to diet is like learning to play the piano. You start out with easier skills/pieces, practice them, get better and better at them, and then move on to harder ones. If you were learning to play the piano, you would never think that hitting a wrong note was an indication that you couldn’t do it or that you should give up; you would simply accept it as part of the learning process. Dieting is no different!
Friday Weekend Warm-up: If you think, “I’ve never been able to keep weight off before so why should I even try this year?” remind yourself, “If I never try, there is a 0% chance I will reach my goals. I’ve tried so many times in the past because it’s so important to me!” Don’t give up on an important goal. Figure out what you can do differently this time so that you’ll have different results. Pick one thing and start working on it right away – this weekend!
Think Thin Thursday Tip: Did you get off track with things like exercise, meditation, or meal planning during the busy holiday season? If so, TODAY IS THE DAY to restart!
Wednesday Sabotage: Dieting stinks because the food is so boring.
Response: First, the food doesn’t have to be boring if I take the time to prepare healthy and delicious meals. Second, even if the food is more boring for a period of time, that’s okay! Food isn’t my only source of excitement; besides, all the benefits of losing weight will be INCREDIBLY exciting.
Tuesday Reality Check: January is a great time to institute a new exercise routine. Even if you’ve never been an “exerciser” before – it’s never too late to start.
Monday Motivation: Make a commitment this week to focus on the things you’re doing well, NOT the mistakes you may make. Doing so will help you feel better and more motivated daily, which will make it easier to keep moving forward. If you’ve never been someone who can focus on the positives, make 2020 the year that you start.
The Beck Diet Program was developed by Dr. Judith S. Beck with Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW.
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