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Piece of cake in fridgeDid you know that most people who smoke eventually quit? And that they usually do it on their own, without medicine? And that most of them try quitting several times before they give up smoking for good? Each attempt takes them one step closer to success and teaches them something they can use for their next attempt.

You can think about changing your habits the same way.

Imagine a situation in which you are trying to lose weight and you are following a specific diet. One of the things you are limiting is ice-cream. But you love ice-cream. So late one night while others are asleep, you open the freezer and eat the ice-cream straight from the container. You hurry, you feel guilty and you don’t enjoy the ice-cream. You may feel disappointed that you’ve broken the rules of your diet. The next day, you worry that the new dietary approach is over – you might even give it up or you might return to it, but the ice-cream binge has weakened your determination.

In any process of making long-term change, it’s important that you accept you’re going to slip up. That’s normal. You may need to find the motivation to get back on track, and start making plans for how you’ll do it.

From each slip, you might learn something that makes staying on track easier next time. You might decide to include a smaller serve of ice-cream a couple of times a week, or pick up some reduced fat, low-sugar ice-cream next time you shop.

Feeling guilty won’t help. Instead, enjoy your occasional splurge and move on.

 

Source: Adapted from Rosemary Stanton’s The Diet Dilemma