Goals Don't Come Easy.

- POSTED ON: Apr 18, 2011


Personal Diet Modifications have their place,
but making any Food Plan into a Habit,
requires Consistency and Patience.

It is impossible to successfully make a Food Plan into a Habit,
if one changes the Plan every time one fails to meet its Guidelines.
No one is successful all of the time.

 To build a successful eating Habit it is necessary to:

Recognize a failure,
Accept that failure,
Resolve to reduce future failures,
Continue working to follow that Food Plan.

We have to overcome obstacles one at a time
Goals don't come easily,
but there is no accomplishment without work,
and no "win" without something to beat.

It's natural to get discouraged when roadblocks appear.
We invest time and emotion into creating the perfect plan,
and then something comes along and screws it up.

  Sometimes all we have to do
is to get back up and move forward again.
Obstacles are like that Wizard behind the curtain—
--once we see them up close they are much less intimidating.

Next time we take a step backwards,
let's not pile up guilt.
All we have to do is take two steps forward
and we'll still be further along than we were before.

It doesn't matter how many obstacles we face.
We only have to beat the most recent one.


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On Apr 18, 2011 rross wrote:
LOVE the flowers and your video clip. Love the hat!! Thanks for the inspirational thoughts Phyllis. Trying to beat my obstacles one by one, and trying not to stess too much about the slow progress. Thanks for your great website. I'm here every day and can't wait for new posts and recipes, although I don't post comments everyday - I want you to know, I AM here every day.

On Apr 18, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Thanks Rina-Marie for your kind words, and it makes me happy to know that you are here. Last week I took that picture of those flowers in my yard, and it seemed like their existence among those rocks was a good example of what I was trying to say here. In my short time at YouTube, I've noticed how LONG some of the video's people post seem, so I thought I'd try making some REALLY, REALLY short videos of motivation, and see how they work out. Also, right now, I'm really psyched up about the idea of being able to share more of my house and yard...and hats here at DietHobby.

On Apr 18, 2011 TexArk wrote:
Very true. Most of us are very good at working out elaborate goals and plans, but the follow through with the inevitable slip ups and failures too many times send us back to make a new plan. It is always easier to think up a new scheme. But life is not a rehearsal. For quite a while now, I have made "not starting over" part of my diet philosophy. I am on a journey to a healthy longterm weight and will make adjustments along the way, but no more new diets on Monday!....it also helps to really believe in the way of eating that you are following.

On Apr 18, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             TexArk, I totally agree. "Starting over" isn't really a workable idea. What we do in Life is "continue on". I've also learned that Committment to one's individual eating plan does make life easier.

On Apr 18, 2011 Karen925 wrote:
I think of my past diet attempts as learning opportunities. They are not adequate for me now but from each of those experiences I learned something. Nos actually was the best diet I ever tried because I failed spectacularly on it. It forced me to learn about proper nutrition for me not some average target audience. It broke the weight management notion that I had from WW and SB, that one needed a MD in biology (or at least a book and members claiming success) to be able to manage a weight loss program. I had to develop a program for me so if I hired me, me would spend the membership fee, food costs, etc... that most weight loss programs charge. Failures, or eating off plan, which has happened on occasion is a wonderful opportunity to learn what my current cal/carb boundaries are. By measuring myself and food daily, these failures become events and not patterns. This pivotal moment came 3 1/2 months before DS was diagnosed with Crohn's. I have been much more sensitive to life without carbs and his own food journaling (or not), or the lack thereof. Very nice hat.

On Apr 18, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Thanks Karen, that blue hat is one of my favorites. ******* I believe that if we stop and take the time to analyze ourselves, our desires, our needs, and our behaviors,.....each of us will find ourselves to be the individual EXPERT who knows how to reach our individual goals.

On Apr 18, 2011 Karen925 wrote:
each of us will find ourselves to be the individual EXPERT who knows how to reach our individual goals.***** This is true. When I quit relying on someone else to figure out my weight problem and took the steps necessary to study and learn, it has made all of the difference. I wonder if more people were empowered to think this way, maybe maintenance success rates would be higher? As it is, they can't go much lower.

On Apr 18, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Good point, Karen.

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