Wednesday, May 02, 2012
I took this from an article I read here on SP. It explained why the 5% than tend to keep the weightloss off.....I want to be the 5% and since I'm doing the 5% challenge I thought it was worth repeating here. But it is good advice no matter who you are. Come on and join me and make the 5%.
1.…Make It Public. They recruit supporters. They ask for help. They swap war stories with friends. They give and take encouragement. Often a goal buddy is involved, or at least a positive, supportive friend who holds the dieter accountable. Studies show that just by writing down or announcing your goals, you automatically increase your chances of success.
2. …Pay Attention. A permanent, healthy lifestyle is created on purpose. Planning, tracking, reading menus, asking questions, following progress reports—they know what’s going on and preventing setbacks. They don’t believe in fooling themselves or relying on chance to make things happen. Usually (if not always) aware of the foods they eat, and on the lookout for opportunities to stay active, they know that good health is no accident.
3.…Enjoy Themselves. They make weight loss a positive experience and have fun with it. Because they feel good about their goals and their new habits, they also feel good about themselves and what they’ve accomplished. Programs based on negative messages, dread, resignation, or criticism are doomed to disappear. Optimists are proven to reach more goals than pessimists. They also live healthier, longer lives.
4.…Make Gradual Changes. They know that permanent change is a process, not a 21-day event. Able to see what waits on the horizon, they spend time building a few small habits at a time, rather than diving into a program that’s totally incompatible with their current lifestyle. It works much better if you simply stick around and pick up a few bits and pieces at a time.
5.…Allow Themselves To Fail. It’s a guaranteed certainty. Every one of the 5% has failed at some point along their way. The difference is that they learned to forgive setbacks and refused to beat themselves up. Every failure is simply one step closer to ultimate success.