I have been a yo-yo dieter my ENTIRE life. I am making changes so that pattern stops. I am doing a lot of research. Lots and lots of reading, interviewing, and personal challenges. (Pushing myself to try new tactics.)
In my research I have found there are a few behaviors that can help determine success in maintenance. I thought I would share what I have found:
- Believe that you can change, even if you “fall off the wagon.” Get back up and stay motivated.
- Keep at it, and be patient with yourself – it is not about willpower! Willpower always gives out at some point, whereas persistence and patience will ultimately take the lead.
- Develop an intense desire and motivation to succeed. It’s OK to learn from your mistakes and move forward. Don’t stop until you’ve reached your goal.
- Eliminate excuses in order to develop a strong mental attitude, clear focus and direction.
- Do not use food as an emotional crutch. It’s not easy, but food is just a temporary distraction, and does not make you feel better and can potentially make you feel worse.
I am not saying this is going to be easy. I am saying it’s going to be worth it. I know what it feels like to quit on myself. That isn’t going to happen this time. I am worth so much more than the pain that comes from not taking care of myself.
So if you are struggling, take a moment and think about what motivated you in the first place. If it’s wearing a bikini this summer… go buy one! Take a deep breath, and know you can do it! I have faith in you, it’s time you do too!