So if the final goal is a far reach, then break it up in pieces -no one would expect you to shove in the whole Big Mac in your gob in one go, so why try to do so when it comes to reversing the very same? (Pardon the analogy *lol*)
So, if you have set a goal for yourself to lose 15lb then split it into increments of 5lb. Losing 5lb three times is easier than losing 15lb at once -it's the same in the end, but the psychological factor of big vs small numbers is massive.
Every time you reach a part goal reward yourself!
No, i don't mean a slobfest!
Although having a "night-off" could be a treat, just be careful so you don't trip yourself up by kick-starting that sugar craving again!
Maybe buy yourself those jeans you really liked in the store? One size smaller ;)
Or a weekend at a spa.
Or why not buy some nice toys? *grins*
The important thing is that you recognize your achievement. That you have succeeded in what you set out to do.
Don't forget that there are more goals to reach though!
Just as it is easy to get discouraged if you forget to reward yourself for your accomplishments, it can be equally damning to become so pleased with yourself that you lose track of the end goal and start to get lax. And that is one slippery slope.
So, pat yourself on the back, have your reward, then it's time to get back on track. Maybe even on the track?
Formula is quite simple really:
effort-achievement-reward- *repeat until end goal is reached*
After that the cycle repeats with an ending in maintenance -yeah i thought i'd get the attention of a few ladies out there!! *LOL*
Until next time, take care of yourselves...