As Amy sat in my office chair, she sighed deeply, then began to talk about her discouragement with her weight-loss goals.
“Last January, I was so determined to lose weight. So I spent a bunch of money, went to weekly meetings, and bought special foods hoping all of this would help me stay on track.
I actually did great for three months, and lost about 30 of the 75 pounds I need to lose. But then I got a new job and moved to another state. I tried to stick with my old diet plan but I kept getting sloppy with it. Unfortunately, I’ve gained those 30 pounds back plus added a few more.
I’d love to reach my goal this year, but I’m afraid I’ll fail again. More than anything, I just want to have my life back!”
As Amy and I talked, we were able to pinpoint a lot of places where things began slipping. The list included stopping her exercise program, eating on the run, not planning meals and doing late night snacking because she was lonely in her new city. She also admitted that as long as she had been going to weekly meetings, she had done fine. But after her move and the new job, she lost that accountability, and eventually, she slipped back into her old habits.
Three keys to weight loss success
Over the years, I’ve found three essential areas that change Amy’s pattern and bring lasting success.
One of the reasons so many traditional programs work is they provide consistent support and accountability. Knowing you have to step on a scale and report in to someone about your recent health behaviors does a lot for keeping you on track
2. A great toolbox
Many of you have used my book, “100 Days of Weight Loss” to build your toolbox. Tools such as “I don’t eat food because it’s there,” or “Eat dessert only when it’s special” can make a big difference in your ability to stick with your weight-loss efforts.
3. Learning to coach yourself
I think this is the most critical skill of all for long-term success. This isn’t easy to do. But with some practice, you can learn to recognize high-risk times, then draw on your list of tricks and skills to manage them without reaching for food. Eventually, you’ll be able to coach yourself through almost any situation without slipping into overeating.
Take Back Your Life Program
In my new online coaching program, “Take Back Your Life” I provide all three of these essential components. I also help you move past your struggles with emotional eating, motivation and self-esteem.