Self: OK Me, lets push the reset button here. You know exactly the wrong behaviors you have been using in the month of February, in case you missed it, here's a list:
- Fudging your portion sizes. Yeah, you know what I am talking about. I've seen you using large plates rather than the smaller bowls and salad plates that are much better for correct portion control.
- Eating too fast, which means you are not listening to the "full" signals your stomach is sending you.
- Snacking between meals. Do you realize how many calories you are really adding to your day. Yeah, yeah, you tell yourself it's just one cookie or one piece of chocolate. But by the time you are done you have added an extra 100-200 calories per day.
- How many times did you go to the gym this month? Maybe once a week? Twice if you were lucky? Quit making excuses about the cold, the weather, your free time, whatever.
- Giving in to temptations. Yeah, you heard me. I saw you eat that pint of ice cream and those nachos this weekend. What happened to the good stuff that is supposed to be in your fridge, like cottage cheese, fresh fruit or lean turkey? Haven't seen those in a while have we?
Self: See, you know exactly where you were failing this month.
Me: OK, I know! Get off my back would ya. Can't a guy take a little break once in a while?
Self: Sure you can, but then the scale won't move, is that what you want?
Me: No, I'd really like to see Onderland and beyond.
Self: Well then, I suppose you better work on achieving that goal.
Me: OK, I hear ya, cut me some slack would ya.
Self: So what are you gonna do?
Me: Well, I suppose I could track my food for a while, just to get a grip on the calories I am really consuming. And I suppose I could use my will power to avoid the chocolate and the cookies. Or better yet, I will allow myself to have one, as long as I account for it in my calorie count for the day. And I guess I could commit to going to the gym at least 4 times this week.
Self: You guess?
Me: OK, I WILL commit to going 4 times this week. And I will concentrate on my eating and chew slowly. Is that good enough?
Self: Sounds like a good start. Hey by the way, I really am proud of your progress, and I just want you to keep succeeding. This tough love is just my way of showing you I care.
Me: Yeah, I know. Thanks for the encouragement. I am going to really try to start again today with a new clean slate.
Self: Love ya, man.
Me: I love you too.