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6. Stay away from fat people.
In some offices, there are whole departments where staff are uniformly overweight. Being around fatties is guaranteed to turn up pressure to eat, to give in, to abandon your goals and dreams. Seek out skinnies - you may feel frustrated when you see them eat carelessly without dire consequences you suffer, but it will stiffen your resolve to gain their appearance to lessen your self-consciousness about cut of your own bloated jib.
7. Vary your routines.
We are all creatures of habit. If we didn't possess habits that allow us to accomplish basics without thinking about it, we'd be worn out by over stimulation, having too, too much to think about to get anything done. Eating, though, is an area where we want to steer clear of habits (because, if you remember, we want to be aware and in control). Without thinking, we slip into habit of an egg mcmuffin on way to work, or a bagel with cream cheese at our desk, or a drink when we get home, exhausted by an over demanding day. If possible, try changing your work hours, meal times, getting up and going to bed routines, and regular meetings with friends. The change will increase your recognition of comfortable habits you unwittingly developed in your old schedule.
8. Find a second job.
Some of you, no doubt, are shaking your heads thinking that current demands on your time are already overwhelming. If your days are already crowded with your job, your kids, school, chores - you don't have a problem with boredom and basis of your overeating must be sought elsewhere. Many of you others, be honest, have long evenings stretching out before you, filled only with television (and eating), socializing (and eating), shopping (and eating), or pastimes - crafts, computers, music reading (and eating). If you fill that spare time, in which lure of nibbling looms boldly, with a part-time job (paid or volunteer), you can significantly lower your daily intake while simultaneously bringing in a little money or gaining a sense of pride in helping others. You can always quit and take it easy later but change may help you make a diet breakthrough that will reward you handsomely.
9. Don't eat in bed.
The common expert advice is to only eat in dining room and make each meal an event. Sometimes that is effective but in our rushed lives often unworkable. But draw line somewhere: bed is for sleeping and making love, much better alternatives for your weight loss goals than midnight refrigerator raids.
10. Learn to live with leftovers.
Many of us hate to see anything go to waste. Remnants of childhood want or simply years of motherly training lead us to cringe at thought of throwing perfectly good food away. Kids are so smart - they eat only what they want and just leave rest. We can't bear that so we clean up their plates, make sure we send none of that expensive restaurant meal back to kitchen, or nosh absentmindedly on remnants of food we tucked carefully into refrigerator. Ask yourself: when was last time you threw away a half full bag of chips? A piece of chocolate? The final piece of cake? No, we tidy up to avoid emotional pain of waste, and increase our girth in process. Once you or kids are done, try to get in habit of immediately throwing remainder out - into a messy garbage pail which will avoid temptation to retrieve scraps later. The longer food stays in sight, more likely you are to scarf it down. If waste is so painful to you, go save environment, not leftovers on your table that have never yet made it to a starving child in China.
Virginia Bola is a licensed psychologist and an admitted diet fanatic. She specializes in therapeutic reframing and the effects of attitudes and motivation on individual goals. The author of The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual, and a free ezine, The Worker's Edge, she is currently working on a psychologically-based weight control book: Diet with an Attitude. She can be reached at http://dietwithanattitude.blogspot.com