Do you have ten, twenty, thirty-or even 100-pounds to lose? Does the prospect of losing so much weight seem insurmountable? Does the thought of dieting for months, possibly for a year or more, make you want to run down to the nearest ice cream parlor and gorge yourself?
You’re not alone. I look in the mirror and think-how did I ever let myself go like this? How will I ever be thin again? I don’t even want to THINK about the excruciatingly long process of losing all of this weight-inch by stubborn inch.
So I’ve decided not to think about it; instead, I plan to think myself thin-one day at a time.
Forget About It
If our great inventors, business people, or mothers thought of the long road ahead of them, we would still be living in caves. There would be none of our 21st Century technological marvels, none of our restaurants and malls, none of our great symphonies or novels. After birth control methods were devised, the human race probably would have died out because it takes too long to raise a child, and there are so many mistakes parents can make with their children along the way.
I guess it’s a good thing that most of us don’t really think about the long road ahead of us when we stake out a career path or decide to have children. But, for some reason, when we decide to lose weight, we want to lose it all immediately, with no discomfort along the way. We anticipate how rough it is going to be to reject our favorite foods for such a long time. All we can think about, when we’re dieting, is how we can’t wait to be finished with our diets, so that we can indulge ourselves again. Few of us, however, think about how good our dieting experience is going to feel.
This is a mistake. How can you ever expect to think yourself thin when you are thinking yourself deprived?
Today and Only Today
I have discovered the perfect solution for this problem-two, actually.
One-Do not diet and do not call what you are doing a diet. Instead, change your eating habits. Diets have become accepted, in our culture, as short-term plans that are necessarily restrictive. Therefore, if you think that you are dieting, you will automatically feel like you are missing the “good life,” and you will have trouble staying on a sensible eating plan. Dieting then becomes a method of “thinking yourself fat” instead of “thinking yourself thin.”
Two-Meet your weight loss goals “one day at a time.” Few of us can make a commitment to eat sensibly, and lose weight, over an entire year. But all of us can do anything for one day. You can reject that brownie, but just today. You can remove margarine from your diet, but just today. You can walk a mile, but just today. Before you know it, all of those little days add up to a big weight loss. If a day comes that you give into that piece of apple pie, that’s okay. That’s just one day-one moment, actually. From that moment on, eat sensibly.
In this way, you will be thinking yourself thin while enjoying all of your days.