Monday Motivation: If you’re not doing as well with healthy eating as you’d like and think, “I can’t even do it now, how will I ever be able to do it?” remind yourself that not being totally on track is NOT an indication that you can’t do it (now or in the future); it’s simply a sign that you need more practice. But like any skill, the more you practice, the better you’ll get. This is no different!
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Friday Weekend Warm-up: This weekend, if you think, “Life is too short, so I’m just going to eat this even though I know I shouldn’t,” remind yourself, “Actually, life is too short to be spent overweight, unhappy, and unhealthy. If I want to feel great and really live my life the way I want to, then I need to do what I can to maintain a healthy weight.”
Think Thin Thursday Tip: If you’re someone who eats when you get home from work, you might be using food as means to de-stress from the day and transition from work mode to home mode. Consider putting other strategies in place to achieve this, like listening to a song in your car before going in the house, or reading some response cards, or doing some deep breathing, or going for a quick walk.
Wednesday Sabotage: I want to be free to eat whatever I want.
Response: I can be free to eat whatever I want, or I can stop fooling myself and finally lose weight for good. Every time matters. Being free to eat whatever I want means gaining weight and feeling out of control. It’s not worth it.
Tuesday Reality Check: When you travel, make sure you plan for how you’ll handle food while on your trip, but also during transit! If you’re driving, will you bring food with you? If you’re flying, will you have enough time to seek out healthy food in the airport? Figure these things out in advance.
Monday Motivation: How are you doing with sugar? If you’re eating too much of it, this week consider focusing on adopting the plan of having one reasonable portion of dessert at night. Plan and portion out IN ADVANCE what dessert you’ll have (no spontaneous decisions!). It’s fine if you ultimately want to eat less than that, but work on one dessert a day first. Once your dessert resistance muscle is stronger, you’ll be in a better position to cut down from there.
Friday Weekend Warm-up: If you eat out this weekend, decide in advance what to have! In-the-moment decisions are the hardest to make well, so maximize your chances of success by not having to rely on spontaneous decisions.
Think Thin Thursday Tip: Remember that taking care of yourself is a necessity, not a luxury. If you think, “I can’t take 10 minutes to sit down and de-stress in a healthy way,” remind yourself, “Yes I can! There is no better use of 10 minutes than taking care of myself.”
Wednesday 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.
Tuesday Reality Check: Negative emotions are a part of life. They’re not bad; they’re a part of being human. You don’t need to do anything to make them go away. They always crest, like a wave, and then start to come down. You don’t have to be afraid of your feelings.
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