No matter the plan... we all Blog to Lose!
I've been reading Dr. B's book, Refuse to Regain, and one of her 12 Principles is to Be Tough. She addresses some of the issues I'm having, and concludes that when you allow moderation, it's tougher to make the new habits stick. Her book is for maintainers; I'm not maintaining yet, but I feel the principles (mostly) still apply. Dr. Barbara recommends 90 days, so I will set my target dates for Sept 2 - Dec 3.
Like all things, I don't think Dr. B's strategies would work for, or even be necessary for, everyone. It's all about each of us finding what works with our personal needs and idiosyncrasies. With that in mind, here is a subset of Dr. B's 12 Tough Rules that I'm going to focus on. I skipped the ones that really are more focused on maintainers, and so are less helpful to "losers".
She goes into a lot of detail for each one in her book. Let me know which ones you're most interested in hearing more about, and I'll do a post! Although, I think most of us pretty much know these things. I just need a framework, a structure, to help me move past "knowing", toward "implementing". Consistently!
1. Be tough, Not moderate
2. Commit to a 3 month opt-out period
5. Eat lean protein and plant-based foods 90% of the time
6. Eat one major meal each day (this doesn't mean go hungry; have a calorie target but concentrate a larger proportion of calories in 1 meal)
7. Scan and Plan for each day (I REALLY need to do this!)
8. Stop eating after 8:00 p.m.
9. Eat from a limited menu
10. Have one acceptable treat per day
11. Have a love affair with exercise (CHECK!!!)
12. Maintain with support, and support others (TRIPLE CHECK!!! THANKS BTL...and Roni for creating this awesome blog!)