When developing goals it is important to realize something very important, especially as it relates to choosing, planning and maintaining goals.
Albert Einstein said: “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
If your problem is weight loss and maintenance, you will slowly begin to understand what I have to say today.
This realization that I am doing the same thing- and expecting different results is very profound to me because I believe that I have been going about things in the same manner for many years and expecting different results.
I would lose slowly, give up and then try again weeks later. I would starve myself, exercise too much, eat too much and then give up again.
Since my primary goals in life surrounds my weight and health issues, I have gained and lost probably over 200 pounds in my lifetime –doing it over and over again.
Focusing on what Albert is saying:
But this time I will keep it off!
My problem behavior, as Albert put it so strongly- is keeping me from maintaining my goal. I get in my own way!
I go off the wagon every time, at some point in my quest toward my weight loss goal, and until I find out exactly how I am doing that, and change my behavior drastically- I will gain it back.
Prevention is the key to this problem:
Here are some of my strategies:
1. Continue to stay with a support group where I talk with others who have the same problem as me. Stop thinking that after I lose the weight, I am OK to go it alone– I will never be OK to go it alone!
2. Continue to create new low fat and good tasting foods for myself so that I do not get bored with my meals.
3. Continue to workout and attend alternative modalities such as yoga.
What do I add new so that I have new thinking about my problem?
Here are some of my new strategies:
1. Volunteering to speak on staying healthy and well throughout your life ( I am beginning a weekly group starting next Wednesday)
2. Sticking to a self-help program where people meet and discuss their weight problems, and becoming a group leader that helps others find their way!
3. Continuing to address my problem and help others do the same- for the rest of my life.
4. Change my mindset to include positive and meaningful affirmations such as:
“I can do it”
“I am doing well with my weight”
” I look great”
“I am taking good care of myself”
“I can continue to help myself and others make meaningful chnages in their lives. When I help others, I am helping myself to be stronger and in better control of my life”