"Focus" is a great choice of words, Debra, because that IS my main tip.
The task of losing 100+ pounds can seem just too overwhelming. Even at a healthy 1 or 2 pounds a week, that's a year! My mind just can't handle that. I keep dropping into self-pity mode, "I'm doing all this exercise and counting every bite for a *year*!?" The idea just crushes me.
So, I don't think of it that way. I focus on today. TODAY I am going to eat healthy, and only 1500 calories. TODAY I am going to try than new exercise.
Sometimes I narrow the focus even more. "Okay right now I do not really want that [food I shouldn't be eating]. So I'm not going to eat it right now. An hour down the road might be another story but RIGHT NOW I can control the urge. Focus.
If the big picture is too overwhelming to look at, I just refuse to do so. However, I can manage today.
(and of course the secret is that all the "todays" add up, but ssshhhh, don't tell that to my subconscious)
HW390 CW244 GW180
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