Some examples of factors that can become excuses and my suggestions as to how to deal with them are:
- "I did so well in residential or intensive outpatient treatment. I have too many distractions in my real life to make recovery a priority."
- "I am surrounded by friends talking about weight loss and fad diets. I am having a hard time not following the latest diet craze. I want fast results"
- "I am under a lot of stress. Dietary restriction, binge eating, emotional eating, etc. is a comfort. Maybe I can work on making peace with food, eating, activity and MY LIFE once things calm down."
- "I am just too busy to work on these issues."
You get the gist. Now it is your turn. What factors in your life could become excuses if you give into them? Once again, I think the "all or nothing" thinking that we have discussed so often in this blog is the core stumbling block. These efforts are not about being perfect. Just pick up the old hammer and chisel and whack away at the factors chip by chip. Then they will never become excuses!