How Change Happens
Making Change Happen
- Contemplation (thinking about making
- Preparation (seeking a plan)
- Action (applying plan)
- Maintenance (review and fine tuning
These stages are usually made by one step
forward, two steps back, two steps forward,
another step back, and so on. It is a process;
something you live, not something you buy
at the store. It's not something you do
differently for a short while, like a weekend
diet, and then back to the real you.
Stages of Change
If you're reading this you are likely either
in the Contemplation or Preparation stage.
If you are in Contemplation, then you are
thinking about doing something differently,
or you are actively seeking ways to accomplish
what you want.
It's not unusual to resolve every morning
that, "Today will be different,"
and then watch as today is the same as yesterday
and the day before that. You might desire
change, but make no steps toward actually
making that change. It's not unusual to
do exactly what we say we don't want to
do; i.e. overeat, remaining in Contemplation
for a very long time. Some people never
move out of Contemplation.
Most people want a quick fix, an easy way
to solve their problems without actually
having to make any real change themselves.
This is why pills, shots, stomach stapling,
bypass operations, and drastic reduction
diets are so popular.
Going on a "diet" seems like you're taking
action, in fact you're taking drastic action,
but you don't get fit by exercising once
and then saying, "I'm glad that's over."
These quick fix approaches are doomed to
fail because you're a human being, not a
broken bicycle that can be fixed. You get
fit by incorporating regular movement into
your daily life.
If no lifestyle change is taking place,
no new, healthier habits are being formed,
then the only realistic expectation you
can have is that you will regain the weight
and your efforts have been for nothing.
This is such a difficult concept to accept
because you can lose plenty of weight on
a fad diet, but losing weight alone isn't
the goal, keeping the weight off is the
Studies on weight loss programs don't look
at the long-term results, but focus only
on the short-term. They report the average
number of pounds lost during the study.
Who cares? I want to know how many people
kept the weight off once the study ended.
Less than 2% is reported, and that may even
be too high. They don't pursue those statistics
because it would expose the studies for
what they are, worthless shams.
Laws of Change
The OneMoreBite-Weight Loss approach follows
three basic principals of change:
- You must want to change,
- You must know how to change,
(have a plan)
- You must give it a chance (time,
We begin with your desire (Contemplation),
move into the "know how" (Preparation)
and finally to the implementation (Action)
of a specific plan. While giving your plan
and yourself a chance to succeed (Maintenance),
you'll be making small, lasting changes
that will move you from where you are now
to where you want to be. It can seem quite
effortless, while in fact you are making
lifetime changes and obtaining the real
results you want. This is the OneMoreBite
approach. Are you ready for it?
Following through with your plan of change
is the final step toward making lasting
change. You can have everything lined up
perfectly but if you do not follow-through,
nothing happens. And when you are ready,
let's move into the next step, discovery
what you really want with your well