"See things as you would have them be instead of as they are." — Robert Collier. Imagine yourself at your ideal weight. How would you feel? What would be different? How would you look? Regardless of the amount of weight you want to lose, this step is crucial to the ongoing success of your diet plan. Visualization will help you keep up a positive outlook and maintain focus on the task at hand.
Much has been said about keeping a food journal to document your food intake and keep track of your success, but what about a journal for recording your thoughts? Embarking on a weight loss plan can be both exciting and scary, so take the opportunity to explore your feelings by writing in a personal journal. In addition to helping you become more self-aware, a journal can help identify problem areas and triggers that might have negative impacts on your diet plan.
Goal-setting is one of the keys to success in any endeavour you pursue. When dieting, it's important to keep your goals realistic to avoid disappointment and frustration, which could put the kibosh on your plan. Set easily achievable short-term goals to keep yourself on track, and longer goals that you are realistically able to achieve.
The road to weight loss is filled with potholes and detours, but that doesn't mean you won't eventually reach your destination! When you hit a bump in the road and fall off the diet wagon, jump right back on and move forward. Don't use it as an excuse to continue wrecking your diet plan. Everyone is entitled to make a mistake now and then; the important thing is to not dwell on the past, but to move forward and get back on track.
Whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 100, be sure to reward yourself when you reach a goal. Get yourself a new haircut, a mani-pedi, a makeup makeover, a massage, a sexy pair of heels or whatever you want, since you've worked hard and you deserve it!
Wearing baggy, ill-fitting clothing won't do much for your self-esteem or your motivation to keep on with your diet plan, so update your wardrobe whenever you've reached a new size. The newly svelte woman in the mirror will thank you. And be sure to clear out all your clothes that are too large so you won't be tempted to "just wear your fat jeans" ever again!
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