Friday, August 08, 2008
I MIchelle, hereby agree and commit to take the following steps to improve my accountability to myself and increase my chances for weight loss success:
1. I will not let one small slip-up convince me that I'm stupid, worthless, or a lost cause. I will respect myself by refusing to engage in verbal self-abuse, and I will find positive ways to comfort and support myself when I’m having a hard time. I will not let comments other people say get me down. I will focus on myself and not on others. Specifically, I will… tell myself how great I'm doing and not to listen to other people. When I'm having a sweet craving I will find a healthily alternative.
2. I will not sacrifice my own needs to make other people happy, or do for them what they can and should be doing for themselves. When there is a conflict between my exercise and eating plans and what other people want me to do, I will negotiate to find a reasonable solution that allows me to do what I need to do for myself. For example when my family wants fast food I will make sure that I order something healthily like a salad or they will go somewhere where I can order a healthily alternative.
3. I choose to be in charge of my own decisions and behavior. I will not talk, think, or act as if my partner, child, spouse, cravings, or subconscious made me do it. I will ask myself what’s most important to me at that moment and make my decision. If I don’t like the consequences, I will try something different the next time. Foe example if my spouse and children say that they want ice cream I will choose If I want to eat healthily or if I want to blow my diet for that day. If I chose the ice cream than I will live the consequences.
Remember to listen to your own self-talk, identify the thoughts, attitudes or behaviors that are getting in the way of your success, and make a written contract with yourself to do things differently. Be as specific and practical as you can, and be sure to come back to your contract when you are having problems. You'll see an increase in your accountability in no time and you WILL succeed at reaching your goals.