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Kick Unhealthy Habits and Lose Weight for Good!

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"You’d simply get back on the freeway and continue driving," says Rydin-Gray.

But when it comes to personal goals, she explains, "we’re usually not so rational. We expect our journey to be a straight path -- and when it’s not, we beat ourselves up or just quit altogether."

To help her clients have a less emotional response, she suggests you talk to yourself using the same tone as a GPS voice.

Your GPS is completely objective and doesn't blame you. It's programmed to know that you’re going to make mistakes and redirect you. If the new route doesn't work, it offers you another way.

Rather than judge yourself for a completely understandable detour, "use your energy to get back on the right road," Rydin-Gray says.

When you practice doing that, the amount of time you stay off-road will get shorter and shorter. Eventually, you will get to the point when your habits feel natural.

Still, at times, you'll have to dig deep to fine-tune your motivation -- again. You'll have to rethink your environment and relationships. And you'll make mistakes.

All of this cycling is how it's done. It's how you change your behavior for good.

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Reviewed on December 18, 2013

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