The Mindful Diet Week 9: Set Yourself up for Continued Success

There are simple steps you can take this week and return to if you ever sense yourself slipping, to ensure you stay the course—for good.
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There are simple steps you can take this week and return to if you ever sense yourself slipping, to ensure you stay the course—for good.
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You’re kicking butt and feeling great—and maybe a little afraid that when these 66 days are up, you’ll abandon your new, good-for-you habits and slide back into old, unhealthier patterns. Fear not, says Peláez. There are simple steps you can take this week and return to if you ever sense yourself slipping, to ensure you stay the course—for good.

Day 57: Follow the 80-20 rule.

Once your new habits are well established, you can give yourself more leeway to cheat. “If you follow your new, healthy-eating habits about 80 percent of the time, giving yourself permission to forget about them 20 percent of the time will prevent you from feeling deprived—helping you stay on track,” says Peláez.

Day 58: Get others on board.

“Having someone cheering you on and holding you accountable is very empowering—and it can be just as beneficial if you’re the one doing the cheering for someone else,” Blossom says. After all, you have to be a good role model! So, go ahead and rope your family, friends, co-workers, and yoga buddies in to some of your new healthy habits by telling them about what you’re doing and likewise offering them your support and guidance either in person or via email or social media, says Blossom.

Day 59: Commit to never dieting again.

Your new goal is to maintain a way of eating that feels healthy, satisfying, and flexible, says Kristeller. “This is pretty much the opposite of diets, which are all about optimizing quick weight loss and are impossible to maintain as a result,” she says.

Days 60–63: Celebrate your successes again.

For the next four days, repeat the treats you gave yourself during Week 5—or make them even bigger. Maybe you can book a yoga retreat or sign up for a yoga teacher training; perhaps you want to schedule a few sessions with a therapist. “Celebrating what you’ve accomplished in a tangible way is a reminder that you did it—and that you’re capable of accomplishing even more,” says Bonci.

Continue on to the next week:

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