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Week #11: Be Nice to Yourself

By EatingWell Editors

Tips and tools to stay positive on your weight-loss journey.


READER'S COMMENT:
"Anytime you're trying to make healthful changes there are times when you feel like it's two steps forward, one step back. No one's perfect. But keeping positive is key because beating yourself up over little slip-ups usually only makes...
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Anytime you're trying to make healthful changes there are times when you feel like it's two steps forward, one step back. No one's perfect. But keeping positive is key because beating yourself up over little slip-ups usually only makes things worse. (Plus, it doesn't feel very good.) Do you tend to beat yourself up when you haven't lived up to your expectations? How have you (or can you) stop doing this?

EatingWellNicci, Charlotte, Vt

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 5:48pm

At our house, one of the best tools is Feast Night, which we got from the article "Eat like a Chef" by Rick Bayless in the Feb/Mar 2005 issue of Eating Well. The gist is, we plan for a celebratory meal every week. Although we eat satisfying meals all the time, it's nice to know that you will soon have a meal you can just indulge in. I'm very petite, and am losing weight steadily on 1400 calories per normal day, and 1800-2000 on Feast Day. I've found some ways to keep the Feast from being a blowout, too, like filling my wine glass with water a couple of times before having wine with the meal. If my normal dinner is 4-500 calories, the Feasts have turned out to be 800-1200. When I learned that, I cranked down my daily a little to compensate, but after five weeks I'm still finding ways to lower my daily average without hurting enjoyment... I think you have to cut loose sometimes or you'll go nuts.

Elizabeth, Westford, MA

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 5:48pm

hmmm... funny thing. I am definitely the kind of person to beat myself up. However I haven't really, in connection with the Challenge. One reason for this is probably because I had never tried dieting before, because I just didn't think I could cut enough calories to lose weight. So, I set EXTREMELY modest goals, and then was thrilled to achieve them. Now I want to try more modest goals in other areas of my life! Another point is that we have only been to restaurants a couple of times since starting the Challenge -- so I've mostly had a lot of control over my environment. And... did I mention Feast Night?? (-: I am so thankful that Feast Night was part of my mindset before I even started dieting... otherwise I probably would have set a low calorie goal for every day. And that really WOULD turn into a struggle.

Elizabeth, Westford, MA

Anonymous

09/01/2009 - 5:48pm



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