How committed are you when it comes to losing a lot of weight?
Your sense of commitment, it seems, may very well depend on whether you key on what you did do or what you didn’t do. In other words, when you reflect on the weight loss steps you took today or yesterday or this past week and focus on what you accomplished, you perceive your commitment as greater. When you think of all the weight loss activities you didn’t accomplish or failed at, you experience yourself as having made less of a commitment.
This phenomenon is not simply a case of positive or negative thinking. Far from it. Positive thinking is putting a favorable spin on things and negative thinking is putting an unfavorable spin on things. The impression of your commitment being adequate or inadequate is the result of your reaction to focusing on what you did or didn’t accomplish. By concluding you didn’t accomplish what you wanted to accomplish, you label yourself as not being committed. If you did accomplish what you set out to do, then by all means, no doubt about it, you are committed.
So be careful. Don’t fool yourself into believing you do not have a strong commitment to weight loss just because you didn’t accomplish something or because you didn’t accomplish all you set out to do.
from 99 Essential Weight Loss Blogposts. Symmetry Press, 2015