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But I Deserve This Chocolate!: The Fifty Most Common Diet-Derailing Excuses and How to Outwit Them

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    Sometimes the biggest battle with losing weight and embracing a

    Sometimes the biggest battle with losing weight and embracing a healthier lifestyle is in the mind because of the self-talk we use to justify not doing what we know we should. Things like "I'll start a diet tomorrow" or "I can't afford to eat healthy." The author calls these detour thoughts; the kind of thinking that gets us off track and enables us to avoid doing what we know we should. Sometimes the thoughts are judgmental such as "I'm so fat", "I have no willpower", or "Why try? It won't work anyway."

    The author takes each of the fifty excuses in this book and refutes them while also showing how to replace self-sabotaging thoughts with proactive ones that lead to success. The book begins with a chapter on mindful thinking which I found very helpful, especially the insights as to why we make excuses and are our own worst critics. Being aware of what is going on and what choices we are making helps us see the reality instead of resorting to the excuses. Albers writes, " do have the power to choose how you respond to whatever positive or negative thoughts happen to pop into your mind. It doesn't sound like a grand solution, but being conscious and mindfully aware of your thoughts can take you a long way."

    The chapters addressing the excuses are short and can be read several at a time or one at a time as a daily focus. Each entry is followed by an "On Second Thought" section that prompts the reader to take action on something whether it be to create a discipline of reading the ingredients on a package, journaling prompts, suggestions for eliminating mindless eating in front of the t.v., etc. All are very helpful and practical.

    I like this book and it is one I will keep on hand to review. Anyone who struggles with sticking with a diet or fitness plan will benefit from the information.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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