I had a sweet, sweet friend tell me that she had fallen off her diet and couldn’t get her head around getting back on track. I felt bad for her. I wish I had some magic words to help her.
I started thinking about how hard it is to get into the mindset to “go on a diet”.
THEN, I hoped that I could keep focused long enough to meet my goals.
And FINALLY, I came to realize that this is my entire life. I’m going to have to learn how to live within these new rules – FOREVER!
To be honest, that thought really sucks. It all translates to no more Mexican cheese dip, chips, or fajitas. It means no more deep dish pizza. No more fried chicken, yeast rolls, ice cream, carrot cake. You name it. My life is going to be a life of complete and total deprivation.
Seriously??? Do you see how quickly my thoughts deteriorated to something destructive? Ok, Kathy, get a grip. Play the GOOD tapes.
This new lifestyle is about making better choices. I can have anything I want, as long as I have it in moderation. And, my life – going forward – is no longer going to be dictated by FOOD. It is going to be about making great memories for me, my family, and my friends. I MUST take control of my thoughts and my decisions and get healthy.
What about my friend? What can I offer to help her get back on track? To help her start those good tapes playing in her own head?
Focus on making a single decision that moves you toward your goal. You don’t have to be perfect and make all the right decisions, right out of the gate or any time. Just make one simple change. And the next day, the next week, the next month – keep making changes. It’s all about moving forward. It’s about the journey. It’s about YOU, caring enough about YOU.
Let’s all stop trying to be perfect. Let’s simply make tomorrow a little better than today.