Over at SparkPeople.com I found a great article by Dean Anderson on writing weight loss contracts and how they can keep you accountable. You can read the original article here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_articles.asp?id=748. The article discusses how a written contract can help you keep from letting the excuses that you make to yourself for yourself get in the way of your weight loss efforts. I have taken their template and the excuses that I identified in an earlier post, My Many Reasons Not to Diet this Week, to come up with my own contract:
I, Karen Walcott , hereby agree and commit to take the following steps to improve my accountability to myself and increase my chances for weight loss success:
- I will not let one small slip-up convince me that I’m stupid, worthless, or a lost cause. I will respect myself by refusing to engage in verbal self-abuse, and I will find positive ways to comfort and support myself when I’m having a hard time. Specifically, I will journal, blog, use Twitter or Facebook, to explore why I had a slip up.
- I will not let other people make unhappy or upset. I will not let an argument or a comment cause me to binge or overeat or make an unhealthy choice. When I am in conflict with other people I will count to 25 and then journal or blog or Tweet about the problem.
I choose to be in charge of my own decisions and behavior. I will not talk, think, or act as if my parents, job, living situation, cravings, or subconscious made me do it. I will ask myself what’s most important to me at that moment and make my decision. If I don’t like the consequences, I will try something different the next time.
- I will never ever give up on myself.
Thanks for Reading!