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Weight loss success in 20 days: day one

The reason you signed up for a 20 day program was likely because food addiction may have cost you pain.

List all the costs of food addiction for you ________________________________________________________________________________________________

What is your motivation for stopping your addiction now?
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2. ___________________________________________________________
3. ___________________________________________________________
4. ___________________________________________________________
5. ___________________________________________________________


Have you tried to lose weight
 before? ________

Why did that attempt fail? ___________________________________________________
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Strive to learn from people who have had success. We will follow several people to see how they did it – Ty, Sue, Tom, Joy and TJ   Sue is rebel. TJ has hit rock bottom. Tom gets bored easily.

Sue is struggling to believe what her new friends at weightwatchers are telling her about the destruction overdoing it brings. But she is still paying off another doctor bill. So she said to herself twice today: sugar and doughnuts have caused me destruction, they have in the past and they will in the future (unless I quit).

Tom gets bored easily (which leads him right to food) so he wrote down what he planned to do today (instead of hitting Taco Bell).

TJ hit rock bottom so hard that he will do anything to avoid falling back. He printed out the following strategy:

 

John Lee wrote the following at www.choosehelp.com

Cravings come in waves. They feel like they’ll last forever but if you can endure for 20 minutes or so, they always dissipate into nothingness.

And fortunately, the more often you resist those cravings, the weaker they get and the less frequently they bother you.

If you can hold on for just a few minutes, you can almost always overcome your cravings. To help you with this, here’s an easy-to-remember coping strategy (The Four Ds) to get you safely past the 20 minute danger zone.

The Four Ds

This is a classic relapse prevention technique. The Ds stand for:

  1. Delay – Since cravings rise and fall like waves, if you can delay a relapse decision for 20 minutes you’ll generally find the cravings dissipate on their own.
  2. Distract – Craving time passes more quickly when engaged in a distracting activity for a few minutes.
  3. Deep breathing – Deep breathing exercises help you maintain calm and purpose when cravings hit, keeping you from making rash decisions.
  4. Drink a glass of water – Drinking a glass of water relaxes you and sets your purpose. Imagine your cravings as like a runaway train gathering momentum to a disaster. Simple activities like taking a moment to drink a glass of water are like brakes that slow that train!1

So the next time you feel a craving, remember The Four Ds and avoid a permanent mistake caused by a temporary urge.

Here are 20 solid distraction ideas that will keep you occupied just long enough. Try any or all that make sense to you, or better yet, come up with a list of your own.

You may want to write down a few go-to distraction tasks and keep them on your person (see the example chart at the end of this article). This way you won’t be left scrambling for distraction ideas when already struggling with cravings – you’ll have your ideas planned out and ready to go.

20 Distraction Ideas for Cravings

  1. Take a shower, even if you don’t need one. Scrub hard and turn the water as hot (or cold) as you can stand it. Let it soak into you for a few minutes and by the time you towel dry 20 minutes later you’ll probably feel a lot less tempted to fold.
  2. Wash and wax the car
  3. Call a friend and talk about their problems (not yours)
  4. Clean the bathroom or the garage – cleaning anything provides just the right amount of physical exertion and mental distraction – and as an added bonus you feel better after getting it done.2
  5. Walk the dog (or just take a walk around the block)
  6. Go jogging
  7. Do a quick home work-out
  8. Meditate or do yoga
  9. Play a musical instrument

10.Do a progressive muscle relaxation exercise or write in a journal

11.Catch up on work for a few minutes

12.Prepare a low cal snack, and then enjoy it

13.Do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle

14.If you’re tempted to eat at home, then get out of the house and go for a drive.

15.Play a challenging video game

16.Do bicycle maintenance

17.Cut the grass

18.Walk out and get a coffee

19.Fix that thing that needs fixing – replace burnt-out light bulbs or dead batteries, etc.

20.Water all the plants or groom your pet

The next time you feel a craving coming on, take a moment to feel it in your body, and then tell yourself that it’s going to pass if you can just wait it out – and then use one of the 20 methods listed above (or any others you can think of) to distract yourself while you wait for that urge to disappear.

And since the more tools you have at your disposal the better your odds of success, learn how to urge surf as well – it’s a fantastic mindfulness technique that lets you glide with attention right over the peak of a craving.

Make a Relapse Prevention Card to Take with You

OK, you’ve read this far, and if you think the 4 Ds make sense, take 5 minutes to write a relapse prevention card to carry around with you. Do it right now (before you get distracted 🙂 and you maximize your odds of having it ready when you need it.

Instructions

Fold a paper into four squares:

  1. On on the first square, write out The Four Ds
  2. On the second square, write out 5 or 10 personally relevant distraction ideas
  3. On the third square, write out 3 or 4 of your most significant reasons for wanting to stay in control
  4. On the fourth square, write out some negative expectations -accurate predictions for what will happen if you slip up.

Negative Expectations – When you’re about to give in you tend to focus on positive expectations and gloss-over negative expectations.

By writing down accurate negative expectation statements you provide a counter-balance for the positive expectation statements your addicted mind manufactures all on its own.

An Example Relapse Prevention Card
The Four Ds

    1. Delay – Since cravings come in waves, if you can delay making a relapse decision for as little as 20 minutes you’ll generally find the cravings dissipate on their own.
    2. Distract – Craving time passes more quickly when engaged in a distracting activity for a few minutes.
    3. Deep breathing – Deep breathing exercises help you maintain calm and purpose when cravings hit, keeping you from making rash decisions.
    4. Drink a glass of water – The simple act of drinking a glass of water relaxes you. Imagine your cravings as like a runaway train gathering momentum to a disaster. Basic activities like taking a moment to drink a glass of water are like brakes that slow the train for long enough to keep you focused on getting to your distraction activity.

By the end of the 20 days you will be more focused on the negative aspects of food addiction and you will be much less impressed with the positives.

Thomas Vilord said “If you have goals and procrastination you have nothing. If you have goals and take action you can have anything that you want.”

I will give you new things to think about and focus on. I will help you develop a dynamic organized system which will give you the weapons you need to fight your addiction.

Never forget the #1 rule for quitting food addiction: Never give up.