I have some weight loss clients I work with that are part of a support group with the Diabetes Prevention Program. As is typical for most of us… they rationalize their food choices or lack of activity; finding one reason or another why they made a less healthy food choice or are not exercising. They are all aware of why they are in the program, the importance of making changes and have made some great changes to date. I try to continue to encourage them by noting the little changes or changes in awareness, but how do I help them move to the place where there is consistency in healthy lifestyle choices?
Thanks for your responses! I try to encourage and praise all changes; no matter how big or small. In the group, they talk lots about awareness and how they are becoming more and more aware of their triggers, challenges, healthier food/activity choices, etc. So… even though a couple participants have actually gained some weight, I praise them for how much more aware they are of the choices they are making and how they are turning difficult eating situations into positive. The group does a really great job of encouraging one another too.
And I agree… it needs to be them taking ownership/responsibility for their choices and health. Thanks again.