So you decided to start the HCG Diet or any diet? Here are some keys to help you succeed and reach your goals. The key is to take it one step at a time, don't think about how am I going to do this for 30 or 40 days but rather: "What am I going to do today?" Taking it one day at a time can help you prove to yourself that you can do it! This will boost your confidence and motivation to do it again tomorrow! We tend to lose sight of our goals, especially when we see that piece of chocolate cake and are reminded of how "deprived" we've been. Taking it one step at a time and thinking of each day as the first day of your diet will help keep you on track.
Now, here are a few pointers to help you plan for today and to make it count:
Step 1: Make a VERBAL Commitment to stick to your Diet!
Wake up each morning and recommit to sticking to the program today! Say it out loud: "Today I will stick to my Diet!" This helps you keep your motivation and your willpower on track. So, as you get out of bed speak aloud: "I am going to follow the program for the next 24 hours, I can and I will do it." Then remind yourself of the reasons why your losing the weight and changing your life. (Is it because of your health? Your family? That gorgeous little black dress you have hidden in the closet?) Whatever it is, thinking about it as you are get ready for your day.
Step 2: VISUALIZE your Goal!
Before you start your diet take a picture of yourself in your underwear (eek!) or find an unflattering picture of yourself, you know the one I'm talking about, the one that makes you look "fat". Now keep that picture handy, put it on your bathroom mirror or on the refrigerator door. Look at that picture every day and say "TODAY I choose to become a healthier, slimmer me!" Now, find a picture of something that motivates you from a positive perspective, something that represents your goal. Either, a picture of how you used to look or that new back dress you want to fit into or even a picture of your kids, anything that motivates you and reminds you of why you are losing weight. Put that in a conspicuous place and refer back to it often. Tape it to your computer monitor or make it your computer or phone's wallpaper. Visualizing your goal can be a powerful tool in staying on track, doing it daily is the key!
Step 3: DO Something Completely Different Every Day
I call it the "Costanza effect", remember George Costanza from Seinfeld? Well, in one episode, George decides to do the opposite of what he usually does and the result is a total transformation in his life, at least for that episode. Changing it up a bit can help you break out of old mindsets and patterns and make you more open to overall change. Remember, that's the whole point of committing to this program, to CHANGE your life! Take the stairs instead of the elevator, park the farthest from the store entrance instead of circling waiting for the closest spot to open up. Drink a glass of water or tea instead of soda. Do something different ever day! Break up your routine and get your self ready for change! Assess your habits and routine, determine to make at least one change each day!
These few steps can serve as the building blocks of a happier, healthier you! It's just a start but taking life and dieting one day at a time can and will keep you on track to Discover a Whole New You!