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JeffN wrote:With the New Year here and everyone making fresh new resolutions, I thought I would bump this thread to the top and make it a sticky for a few weeks.
if you are looking to fine tune your program or wondering why you may be struggling or not seeing the results you would like to as quickly as you would like, you may want to review these points.
I have updated them and added in a few new ones.
1) Poor Adherence/compliance. Sometimes from lack of application and sometimes from lack of understanding of the principles.
2) Misdirection of focus/priorities. Focusing on matters that don't really effect your health while not focusing on the ones that do.
3) Minimizing/Rationalizing the effect of certain behaviors and/or personal preferences, **especially in regard to certain foods**.
4) Too many processed/refined and/or calorie dense foods, especially those that are marketing as being "healthy."
5) Not understanding the difference between something that is "allowed" on occasion in small quantities, and something that is "recommended."
6) Inadequate exercise/activity
7) Not planning ahead. If you do not plan ahead for success, you will most likely not find it.
8 ) Time. Healing and results take time and for some of us, it may take a little longer than we hope.
9) Mcdougall "Plus" - This is where you mix the principles taught here with other principles you have read or learned somewhere else that are in conflict with the principles recommended here. While there are some program that are very much inline with these principles (ie, Esselstyn, etc) most are not.
Wishing you all the best of health in 2009.
kpolninja wrote:I've only been doing this for a couple of days, but what I can forsee as the hardest thing for me is when I'm out with friends and such....I'm young and I like going out to eat or for drinks.
I also hate to tell my friends, yet again that I have changed my diet. How many times have they heard from me, due to my several unsuccessful diet attempts (fad diets, not lifestyle changes)...sorry I can't go out or eat that because I really want to loose weight...then end up not loosing the weight and feeling like a jerk.
And then feeling left out when it comes to going out!
I just have to learn that if I want to do those things that it doesn't mean I can eat crap all weekend long, just a meal or a drink.
I feel like this is much easier than any other change I've made, with the exception of going vegan last year. That was easy because I wanted to be vegan.
marybeth0051 wrote:I have many reasons for staying on the program, but have fallen off the wagon and am embarrassed to admit it. .. I find out it takes a lot of bravery to follow this diet....maybe I can't do it?
Roberta Jackson wrote:7) I feel like a freak and don't like telling people I'm a vegan.
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