What surprised me the most is that many of the techniques she talks about in the first chapter are techniques I’ve learned myself over the years or that I learned through Weight Watchers. Some things jumped out at me as being very familiar, I’m paraphrasing here:
1. This is not my last meal. I can eat [insert favourite food here] any time. I don’t have to gorge myself on it now.
2. I don’t have to eat the donuts just because they are there. I don’t want or need a donut. (I often ask myself if I had to go out to get [insert any food here] would I go out and get it? Almost always, the answer is no. So then I know I don’t really want it and it is easier to avoid the temptation.)
3. I am not going to starve if I don’t eat right now.
4. Losing weight is more important to me than the few minutes of enjoyment [insert any food here] will bring me.
The author assigns tasks for every day over a six week period. Now my natural inclination would be to read ahead and do the tasks “whenever”. I made a very deliberate decision tonight to not do that. I will follow the process day by day for the next six weeks. I will share as much as I am comfortable sharing here, but I am not promising to share all as I don’t know yet where this is going to take me and by nature, I am a very private person.
To follow the process, the reader needs some very simple tools; the book, some index cards, a small notebook and some post it notes. The first two weeks focus on preparing to be on a diet.
Day 1 Task
Make a list of all the reasons I want to lose weight.
I came up with 10 reasons. They are:
- I will live longer.
- My life will be physically easier.
- I will be more active.
- I will look better.
- I will be able to find nice clothes easier.
- I will have more personal confidence in new situations.
- I will sleep better.
- I will avoid the complications of Type II diabetes.
- I will have achieved a major life goal.
- I will be in control.
I put one copy of the list on an index card in my blood sugar monitor pouch where I will see it at least 3-4 times each day. I put a second copy in my daily journal where I keep track of my food and exercise.
Make a plan to read the card at least 2 x a day and set reminders in place so I don’t forget to do this.
I will read the card every morning when I check my fasting blood sugar and before lunch and dinner. I put a post it note on my blood sugar monitor and also on my journal and on my computer desktop.