Excuses and Justifications
brilliant exercise is extremely useful if you are trying to implement long
term change. Especially if that change is likely to be hard for you to
implement. It is all about getting your excuses and justifications out in
the open before you even get started. Once an excuse to say, order extra
large pizza with double cheese is out in the open, it is impossible to use
it to fool yourself into the idea that it is the right choice for you.
Write down a comprehensive list of the excuses, and justifications you use, or are likely to use to eat inappropriately. Once you have written the list down, you will hear yourself making the excuse, and it will be just that much harder to let yourself get away with it.
Here are a small sample of excuses that may come up for you. If you would like to send me some of those excuses to add to this list for the benefit of others, please do so.
Now write down a list of the tricky situations that you find yourself in, that make it hard to stick to your healthy lifestyle plans
Create an If Then plan for each of them.
Now that you have anticipated the areas where you are likely to fall down on your plan for a healthy lifestyle. Create an If Then plan. A decision made in advance on how to handle a tricky situation, means that you do not have to deal with it again when the brain is all tied up with temptation and other motivations.
Create an If Then plan for each of your major excuses and justifications, and tricky situations. Write them down!