This week’s guest blogger, Regional Director and Board member Bob Dischinger, encourages everyone to start over.
Real People… Really Starting Over
by Bob Dischinger
I have said or thought this a hundred times: “It’s always easier to start on Monday right? I have so much going on this weekend that I’ll wait until Monday, Monday is a better day to get a fresh start.” If you are like me, you probably have started over on more than a few Mondays. But then something happened. You slipped, fell off the horse and felt like your efforts were ruined. So you said to yourself “I’ll just wait until next Monday to start over.”
What is it about Mondays that make that a good day to start a diet? Why do all healthy and nutritious (sensible) habits have to start on a Monday? Most people I know don’t even like Monday.
If you’re someone who says you’ll start your diet on Monday, but Monday never comes, there’s a good chance that you’re a procrastinator when it comes to losing weight.
Procrastinators know the importance of losing weight and want to lose weight, but they simply never seem to make it happen. Does this sound like you?
A good idea is to try one thing at a time. Take BABY STEPS. Work on replacing just one bad habit at a time. Start now—today—whether it is Thursday or any other day of the week. Don’t wait until magical Monday. All days are good days to make one good choice for a healthier you. Pick one thing! Not two or three. ONE!
Stick to that one thing for three weeks. If you slip or fall one day, start again immediately. Don’t wait. After three weeks, when this good choice has started to become a habit and doesn’t feel strange anymore, pick another choice. ONE, not two! And do this for another three weeks. All of these small choices will add up in the long run.
Here are some strategies that will help you in taking some positive steps in losing weight.
- List pros and cons.
- Set mini goals.
- Prompt yourself (Look around and make small changes that will help you stay focused.)
- Use rewards (Reward yourself for each success achieved along the way.)
- Journal (increase your awareness of what, how much, and why you are eating.)
What will be your first step to a healthier lifestyle?
Thanks, Bob. I am ready to step forward, today!
I Care, Barb