My family recently took a vacation. We each packed a suitcase of clothing, toiletries and books and devices to entertain us on the flight and set out for adventure. We didn’t take everything we own on our trip. We didn’t even have space to take all our favorite things—but we had what we needed—and we had a blast!
Dieting is like that.
If you want to change your lifestyle—you’ve got to leave something (maybe a lot of things) behind, make do with consuming less and endure.
One of the hindrances to endurance is a faulty and downright deceitful inner dialogue that tends to minimize the consequence of good choices. Everything we do has a consequence and when it comes to dieting, everything we ingest is moving us closer to or further from our goals.
“One bite can’t hurt.”
“I deserve a little treat.”
“I’ll do better tomorrow.”
“I exercised today so my body needs this.”
“I’m not losing weight anyway, so what does it matter?”
“I’ll work out a little longer (to justify a deviation from the diet).”
All the above and any additional phrases that roll around in your mind, are lies—if you are following the Ideal Protein protocol.
Guard your thoughts because they determine your beliefs which in turn determine your actions. Not all you think is true.
Instead, when temptation presents, ask yourself, “Is it worth it?”
It either is or isn’t and you get to make the decisive decision but deal with yourself in truth.
Both my personal wellness journey and seven years of weight-loss coaching has shown me how easy it is to settle with a sweet lie instead of fighting to accept a firm truth.
Ironically, we often feel guilty, depressed or demoralized with the consequences of acting on faulty thoughts—but repeat the behaviors!
Friends, let’s recognize the patterns of deceit in our lives—and shine the light of truth on them. The next time you’re tempted to cheat on your diet, ask yourself, “Is it worth it?” If the cookie, glass of wine or nibble of pizza comes with a side of condemnation and a cup of disappointment, it’s not. Tell yourself that.
Change your inner dialogue and a new life will follow.
Trying to tell the truth,
Dionne is a certified Ideal Protein coach who lost 25 pounds following the protocol way back when. Since then she's learned to cook healthier meals (and actually eat them), get a daily dose of iron in the form barbells and kettle bells and is usually training to improve her time in an upcoming half marathon.