Winning Mental Strategies for Weight Loss
Realistic expectations lead to lasting lifestyle changes.
Talk To Yourself
To do that, substitute positive self-talk for negative
self-talk. Come up with your own repertoire, a new vernacular of encouragement.
Sometimes I say to myself, "You're having a crappy day, but you go girl.
You're doing just fine." Find something that speaks to you, something
that's all yours.
I have another patient at high risk for diabetes, her blood
sugar and cholesterol levels were terrible, and she was terrified. But that
only lasted so long. In the morning she was motivated, but by 3 p.m. she was in
an eating trance at the vending machine.
I said, "You've told me about health risks and diabetes,
and obviously that's not motivating you enough. Tell me something that really
ticks you off." She said, "The other day my mother told me that if I
get any bigger, I'm going to have to start shopping at Omar the Tentmaker's. I
own this fabulous Armani suit, it's size 12, and I can't fit into it."
So this woman's motivator, when 3 p.m. rolled around and she
had a choice of a healthy snack or stupid stuff from the vending machine,
wasn't about diabetes or cholesterol -- it was about Armani. If you elect to
eat appropriately, then the answer is Armani. If you eat badly, then the answer
could only be Omar. By honoring Armani, she's stepping away from diabetes.
That's one of Dr. Peeke's "get real" rules. Health is important, but
you've got to make it more personal. It may be superficial, but it was worth it
There's No Reaching "It"
Just because you've lost 30 pounds and are at your goal weight
doesn't mean you get to sit on your laurels. If you're thinking, "I'm here,
now I can be normal," I have a news flash for you. Normal means that you
have to work at healthy eating and exercise every day. It does get easier with
practice, but you must surrender to the fact that this is necessary to do.
There's no negotiation. You just go to another phase of your new lifestyle, and
you just get better and better and better.