We are asking our PEERtrainer Tip Of The Day members where they are right now in their weight loss journey and what is the next step they are willing to take that they have not yet. This is important because while your long term goals and objectives are important, the only thing that really matters is that are you willing to do right now, as an immediate next step.
By asking people this question we got an avalanche of responses, and it seems as if this simple question provided lots of immediate motivation. This response about cutting down on portion size is a great opportunity to bring up something that I often say directly to people:
"I am willing to cut down my portions and have been doing that the last couple of weeks....it is difficult! Hopefully gets easier with time!"
It’s hard to cut down on something when you don’t replace it with something else. It’s like breaking up with a boyfriend and month after month, you don’t have a new date to look forward to so you keep dreaming about your old boyfriend and many times, you try to go back to him. If you’re cutting down your portions of let’s say lasagna, pick a replacement. Add vegetable soup, like a minestrone.
My only rule here is you must add something healthy but it must be something you like. Going out on a new date with a total bore will only make you dream about your old boyfriend more. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it has to be something you enjoy the taste of. Many people have success on PEERtrainer by committing to adding just one vegetable per meal. Make the decision to add an apple or blueberries or grapefruit to every breakfast, and add a salad or soup to every lunch and dinner. Don’t cut down without replacing and adding on. Let me know what you decide to add.