*Measure this amount of pasta, rice or couscous before cooking.
TRAIN YOUR BRAIN TO HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT
You’ve found a meal plan and penciled in a daily walk on your calendar. Now it’s time to get your mind ready, which is “just as important as throwing out all the junk food in your pantry,” says Melanie Greenberg, PhD, a psychologist in Mill Valley, CA. Three ways to prepare:
ANNOUNCE YOUR PLAN TO AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE. Saying out loud that you’re planning to lose weight reinforces that you’re committed to change, and it keeps you more accountable. Tell the few people closest to you—and, if you’re comfortable, spread the word even further. Start a blog or post your progress on Facebook.
BE READY TO SAY NO. The best-laid healthy-living plans often fall by the wayside because you feel guilty about turning down invites or plans. So prepare your response in advance: “I would love to , but I’m really trying to make the time to get healthy, so I’m exercising instead. Thanks for the offer—and for your understanding!”
PUT YOUR WEIGHT LOSS PAST TO REST…LITERALLY. Saying goodbye to past failures in a concrete way can help you focus on succeeding this time. Jot down a list of the reasons you didn’t lose weight in the past, then tear it up and toss it in the trash or bury it in your backyard. A.L.C.