Posts Tagged 'Goals'

Mind over Matter

Published on: 2017-05-19 8:04:02 AM | Motivational Letters

This seems to have been a week of people getting back into old habits of extra snacking; especially in the evenings. Trying to discern what has precipitated this behaviour is difficult.  In some cases, there have been obvious stressors (long days at work, family issues etc.), but in many cases, there is no obvious reason other than boredom.  I am guilty of this same eating behaviour.  One would think with the nicer weather and longer sunny days, we would be less bored, more ...

Awareness and Strategies

Published on: 2017-05-05 10:42:10 AM | Motivational Letters

Most of the people I meet with are very aware of the things they must do to lose weight.  Yet we continue to sabotage ourselves, and wonder why the weight isn’t coming off.  Most women have been on at least 4 or 5 dietary programs in their past, losing over the short term, then regaining.  When I asked what they did (usually their last program, because I can’t compare what they did when they were 30 and they are now 50), it is invariably the same.  They were ...

Working for your B.Sc.

Published on: 2017-04-28 7:40:19 AM | Motivational Letters

A patient reminded me of something I said to her years ago. Actually, I had forgotten, but it’s worth remembering.  Weight loss is a long journey.  It is full of many psychological ups and downs.  When we are in school, we know from the get go that it will take at least 4 years to get our degree.  If our ultimate goal is a Masters or Ph.D. we will study for up to 10 years.  Weight loss and weight maintenance are the same.  The major difference is that many ...

Identify Why Food is used as a “Treat”

Published on: 2017-04-13 10:51:35 AM | Motivational Letters

                I was talking to a client this week who was frustrated that he had ‘hit a plateau.’ (Actually he has lost a significant amount of weight, and is not regaining: a success in my eyes). In spite of his ‘voiced’ frustration, he didn’t want to change some of his comfort habits he had with food.  This is fine as far as I’m concerned, but we can’t want something (weight loss), yet continue to soothe ...

Make Goals but don’t make Imperatives

Published on: 2017-03-31 6:25:47 AM | Motivational Letters

When we decide to start a weight management plan, we tend to make ‘resolutions,’ or set new goals for ourselves. All of this is great, but with weight loss, you are looking at a daily behaviour change for the rest of your life. If you set a goal that is too demanding or rigid, you may set yourself up for discouragement since it’s impossible to eat perfectly all of the time. Be careful if your goals use ‘imperative words.’ These are words that imply urgency and no ...