10 Ways to Develop a Healthy Obsession

If you are trying to lose weight and develop a healthy lifestyle you know how difficult it can be to deal with the constant attacks from the media, family, friends, and worse of all yourself! To overcome these challenges, research shows that a very consistent pattern of behaviors and focusing is necessary. This is what is meant by a healthy obsession. So the definition of Healthy Obsession is a sustained preoccupation with the planning and execution of target behaviors r reach a healthy goal.

When I am talking about “obsession”, I am referring to those persistent thoughts to sustain quality despite distraction in life and that these thoughts lead to action.

How do we develop this especially in a world that tells you moderation is good?  Here are 10 tips that I know will help get you there:

1.  Knowing that your biology does not go on vacation just because you had a bad day.

2. Knowing that the devil in the details so that writing down ALL food eaten is critical. Count everything because everything counts.

3. Being unwilling to accept permission, even from yourself, to overindulge.

4. Making plans to help yourself stick with the program especially when you go to parties, restaurants, and on trips.

5. Analyzing lapses in order to prevent the same problem from happening tomorrow.

6. Refusing to allow lapses turn into relapses. If you fall off plan, get right back on.  Don’t let yourself continue to overeat just because you had one set back.  One mistake does not mean you can throw away the rest of the day.

7. Refusing to let a number on the scale prevent you from persisting.  Many of our victories come from when we are not on the scale-clothes fitting better, clothes too big, being able to walk farther, not getting as winded walking up the stairs, etc.

8. Accepting that exercise every day is the only way and doing it, even when you don’t feel like it. You have to move to lose.  Remember exercise can come in all sorts of forms.  It is not always about getting to gym. It could be talking the stairs at work instead the elevator.

9. Being an active problem solver, oriented to take action, not just to analyze. Taking an honest look at how your week went allows you to better adjust for the next week.

10. Feeling anxious if goals (for eating, exercising, journaling, etc.) are not met. A little bit of anxiety is a good thing.  It reminds us that there is a need.

Good luck with developing your healthy obsession.  It has made all the difference in the world to me and those who are in our Wednesday night support group.

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