How Can I Stop My Weight Loss Self-Sabotage?

A Guide To Identifying The Patterns That Trip You Up

By Joshua Wayne
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Getting into a positive, optimistic mental state is like opening the windows and letting warm, sun-filled air into your house after several days of damp, cold weather.  It warms you up, “cleanses” your mood and puts you on a better track.  Make the choice to focus on the positives and your mood will follow.

2.    You’re Not Disciplined Enough 

A lot of people really want to lose weight, but then they give in to temptation over and over again.  Maybe you’re good for a week or two, and then you think it’s okay to “splurge a little because I’ve been so good and I deserve it” and you stop for Ben and Jerry’s on the way home.  Then a couple days later it’s a few chocolate chip cookies, then a day later it’s pizza, and so on. 

Or like I mentioned above, maybe the scale doesn’t move quite as fast you’d like and your hope and enthusiasm begin to fizzle.  Or perhaps you’re good for a month, but then you have a stressful week at work and you get completely derailed.

Regardless, the discipline necessary to overcome old, unproductive habits and build new ones may not be present yet.  Before you know it you’ve lost the focus and excitement that got you really pumped up for the first couple weeks and you’re back where you started.

How To Get More Disciplined:

The solution?  You need to understand that the way to build discipline is by being disciplined.  I know that may sound too obvious and simplistic, but I want you to understand that there is no magical formula anybody is going to say or give to you that is going to suddenly give you the discipline (there is one caveat, and it’s one you certainly want to avoid: a crisis, like your doctor telling you you’re pre-diabetic and you must change or you’ll be very sick).  There is no substitute for taking action.

Similar to my advice above, take a long-term approach.  Building discipline is like building a muscle.  When you first use it after a period of inactivity, it’s going to feel a bit sore.  But that soreness is good.  It means you’re getting into motion again.  The more you use it- consistently- the stronger it gets.

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