8 Steps to a Healthier Attitude
Want a healthier lifestyle? Start by changing your thinking
But when you're just starting out, how do you get the attitude you need to succeed? Wicks, Moores, and Wansink offer some suggestions: continued...
2. Throw away those old clothes. "I threw out
my fat clothes -- it's very easy if they're there to go back up to those
sizes," says Wicks. "If you throw them out, you say, 'I can't afford to
buy a new wardrobe.' So if your pants get snug, you know you have to watch it
and keep that positive attitude for your body and your wallet."
3. Look in the mirror -- and like what you see.
"One of the big things that helped me was when I went into the bathroom
every morning, I would look in the mirror and give myself pep talks, whether
they were in my head or out loud," says Wicks. "I would tell myself,
'Hi, beautiful!' It sounds silly, but it really helped make me feel better and
give my attitude a jump-start in the morning to get my day started
4. Keep up with your journal. You already know
that keeping track of your food intake and physical activity can help set you
on the road to healthier habits. But you can also use your journal to help you
adopt a healthier attitude. Use the "Notes" section of your journal to
keep track of the ups and downs of how you're feeling.
"Consider ways to learn from the valleys in order to achieve more
peaks," says Moores.
5. Learn from others. "Find others who have
been successful," says Moores. "Talk with them about the pitfalls and
how they mustered the willpower to carry on." You can find such role models
on the Weight Loss Clinic's community message boards. Visit The
New You: Maintenance board to talk to people who have met their weight loss
6. Bring in the cavalry. "Meet with a
dietitian when the going gets tough," says Moores. "Bring in the
cavalry to help get you over the hump." WebMD Weight Loss Clinic dietitian
Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is always just an email away on our Ask the Dietitian
7. When faced with temptation, take a break.
"Give yourself a break so your attitude can take hold in those tempting
moments," says Wansink. "If you're out with your friends and they just
ordered fried mozzarella sticks -- something very tempting -- it's your
attitude that keeps you from saying, 'What the heck?'