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11 May 2010

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Tabitha

There's a lot of wisdom to "digest" here (sorry about the pun). The thing that impresses me the most, though, is that you don't condemn yourself--the new or old you. The lack of judgment is truly impressive (and healthy!).

Christy P

It's a new day every day.

Reminder that each day we have the opportunity to make different (or the same) choices as yesterday and then deal with the results.

New exercise routines don't have to start on Monday, or whichever day begins your week.

Erin

Another thought provoking post. I think the mantra I use most is along the lines of Christy's, but I take it down one more level and say "It's a new meal". If I make a bad choice at breakfast or lunch, I've found myself justifying a bad dinner by telling myself that tomorrow is a new day and I can make new choices then. The it's a new meal mantra helps me remember I can make a new choice now and maybe even salvage the overall day. I haven't stumbled on any other mantra's, I think I'd have a hard time not condemning or judging myself. I really like the "I don't do that anymore" I might try that one out and see if it is helpful for me.

Erin

Bethany

One thing that stood out to me when I read the Beck Diet for Life book was this: every time you give in to something that you shouldn't, you are exercising your "giving in" muscle. In contrast, every time you resist something you know you shouldn't have, you are exercising your resistance muscle. It has helped me to live in reality about my choices. What I love about the things that you have listed here is that they all require you to eat consciously. Sounds like an easy thing, but I usually get off track when I think I can start eating without really thinking about it. I think I still have awhile before my good eating habits are second nature.

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One thing that stood out to me when I read the Beck Diet for Life book was this: every time you give in to something that you shouldn't, you are exercising your "giving in" muscle. In contrast, every time you resist something you know you shouldn't have, you are exercising your resistance muscle.

RealMom4Life

Well, I grew up hearing what passes the lips hangs on the hips...OK kinda tacky. But seriously, I found this blog a couple months ago and it's having a very positive impact on me. For the first time ever I am telling myself, "You are not that person anymore," or "you don't do that anymore". And, amazingly enough it helps me tremendously. "I don't eat 2 bowls of cereal for breakfast anymore", "I don't snack all day anymore," It is amazing how much less food I have been eating and I am feeling so much better! I don't know what I was afraid of..now when I am eating and feel that I am done I simply stop. I tell myself I can always eat again later if I need to, but I rarely even want to.

Tabitha

I've been thinking a lot about the "You don't do this anymore" mantra all day. It can apply to so many situations (procrastination, etc).

Thanks!

Marybeth

Erin, Thank you for this post! I think I am going to adopt a few of these mantras... Especially "I don't do that anymore." I LOVE that one! I used it today, without really thinking about it while I was out.

Willa

I'm late on commenting on this but I keep thinking about it and finally realized my "mantras" are often lines from songs. So recently in the kitchen I always find myself humming Pete Townsend's "Just a Little is Enough" especially when I'm around some treat I've made for the kids. My song choices probably date me and say something about my musical taste ;-).

I've also adopted your "one egg" breakfast mantra. I used to eat 3 or 4.

Thanks for this post! Very helpful!

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