Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between someone who gets through a difficult situation in a way that is in line with their long-term goals, and someone who doesn’t? The answer is not about having more willpower, trying harder, or being less lazy. The answer is actually about being more skillful and planning.
It’s always a great time to talk through the essential skills you need to navigate your food plan with success. And while there’s so many different strategies to choose from, planning is truly the most important thing you can do today.
Plan plan plan
I say it all the time, and I still can’t say it enough. When you plan, you need so much less willpower and are so much more likely to be feeling proud and happy with your decisions by the end of the day.
Planning isn’t just about what to do, it’s also about preparing for the obstacles you might face. If you anticipate a family member offering you some chocolate, rehearse a script for how to politely say no. If you know you’ll be around tricky foods for most of the day, think about some skills that can help distract you or an emergency plan for what to do if those cravings get too strong (such as go to the bathroom or call a friend or accountability partner). When you know what’s coming, and have already mentally rehearsed how to cope with it, you have a huge leg up for navigating all the tricky moments.
So where to start with planning?
To get all your ideas straight, it can be really helpful to think through or write down these things:
While all these steps are helpful in planning, even doing one of these things can make a HUGE HUGE difference. Remember, so much is in your control- planning will help you navigate these tricky situations and feel empowered by your choices!