Eveyone will probably chime in with their version of the self talk that works for them. This is what works for me. I tell myself if I "screw up" (your words), I am setting myself back 2 weeks at least. Why do I say 2 weeks? Because, first of all, I have to get back on track and lose the weight I gained back and then by the time I am back to seeing a real loss on the scale it is about 2 weeks later. If I keep going off plan, I am confusing my body (metabolism) as to what I really want it to do - burn fat, lose weight. It takes my body too long to give up even a pound of weight. I don't want to confuse my metabolism anymore. I also don't want to lose 2 weeks of time. I want to get where I am going - a thinner and happier self. It took me so long to even see any results from my weight loss, I want to continue on. I am having a great time finding new clothes and looking forward to stabilization and maintenance.
One last thing. I hope I can explain my mind set here. I hope it does not sound too corny. Every day, I tell myself I am playing a game called LAWL. The goal is to fill in the circles or X the circles in the daily menu plan to become a winner each day. The closer I can come to making the best choices, the more I tell myself I will win. (lose pounds). Bad choices - fall back two weeks like I said above. I am not a gamer, but this mental exercise works for me. While I play this mental game on a daily basis, I am looking at the long term goals that I intend to meet.
Hope this helps.
P.S. This is where the lites help me. I can resist other things because I have my planned legal treats each day.
started LAWL 12/27/06
Plan 2 with lites start 7/28
total lost 47 lbs.
Thinner is better...........