What we THINK will lead to a great day is eating whatever we want, in whatever quantity we want, but when we do the opposite – control our eating and stay on track – that’s truly what feels so great.
This week, don’t worry about the big picture. Don’t worry about how many more pounds you have to lose or how much longer you have to do this. Worry about what you need to do TODAY and do it. The future will take care of itself.
If you want to be able to lose weight (or maintain your weight), it’s critical to watch your alcohol consumption on weekends. Don’t fool yourself – alcohol has a lot of calories and can really sabotage weight loss efforts in a number of ways. Just as you would have a plan for what you would eat at an event, it’s important to also have a plan for how much (if any) you’ll drink.
Accountability to someone other than yourself can make a huge difference. If you’re not working with a professional, think about whether there’s someone in your life (a friend or family member) that you can be accountable to each day for the skills you’re working on.
Sabotage: It’s okay to eat this because it’s healthy.
Response: I can gain weight eating all healthy foods, too. Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it doesn’t have calories. Eating healthy foods is a great thing to strive for, but I have to make sure that whatever I eat (healthy or not) fits in with my overall day.
The Beck Diet Program was developed by Dr. Judith S. Beck with Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW.
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