Once again, she had gone off her diet and she couldn’t seem to figure out why she was struggling.
Here’s what she said:
“I honestly feel like I have absolutely no will power when it comes to food.
For instance last night I had my normal plate of food at dinner and was full, but over the next 2 hours I proceeded to eat 4 cookies.
Why did I do that? I think kept eating because I liked the taste and the way they felt in my mouth.
Most times I avoid doing this by just not having stuff like this at the house. If it’s not there I know I won’t eat it.
I know a lot of the time I am just eating more so I will have something to do. Other times I have no idea why I am doing it.
I am at such a loss. How can I ever get enough motivation and willpower to reach my goal weight?”
Does this sound familiar? Maybe you need to go back to the beginning and remember why you’re working on this area of your life.
Think for a minute about all the reasons WHY you want to lose weight. Are you prompted by immediate goals such as feeling better or wearing certain clothes?
Maybe you’re hoping your back pain or high blood pressure will improve as your weight goes down. Perhaps you want to set a healthier example for your children.
Create a list of at least 10 reasons why you want to lose weight and maintain your success. Call this your “Inspiration List.” Keep these motivating reasons handy where you can refer to them often.
• Tape copies of this list to your mirror and your refrigerator.
• Write your list on a small card and carry it with you.
• Read your list daily for at least the next week or two.
Any time you feel discouraged or tempted to give up, read the list again. Remind yourself of the outcomes you desire, and use this powerful mental image to help you stay on track.
Watch for the next post which will include my own ten reasons to lose weight and maintain long-term.