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'If you fail to plan, you plan to fail'

Way back in 1991, Delta Burke hosted Saturday Night Live and was featured in a hilarious sketch about a Weight Watchers meeting. (Can't find the video, darn it! It was great if you've ever been a Weight Watchers member.)

That phrase "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail" was one of the mantras that the Weight Watchers leader would chant repeatedly.

But, y'know? It's a great thing to keep in mind.

I've kept it in mind when food journaling. If I plan out the food at the start of the day I won't get a rude surprise at dinner. You know that surprise:

"Congratulations, you have no calories left!"

I also feel more in control when I have the day laid out before me.

Girl with hands over her eyes

It's one of the tools I'm using to battle my self sabotage, something I'm really getting a handle on. Another little trick is physically closing the kitchen doors at night.

Object permanence: Otherwise known as the "Peek-a-Boo" effect. Playing Peek-a-Boo with a baby is far more fun than playing with an adult, because babies haven't learned object permanence. When those hands go in front of your face you are really gone in their eyes.

So I'm playing Peek-a-Boo with the kitchen at night. Hey, don't laugh. The weight-loss psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic thought it was a great idea (and was impressed that I remember object permanence from college psych class). 

(Blogging tip: Holy crap, don't search for the phrase "peek-a-boo" on Google Images!)

But my stupid human tricks are working because I lost 1 percent body fat and gained a pound of muscle this week. Yay for muscles!

What tricks do you play with yourself to keep yourself on track?

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