DIETING, HABITS, MOTIVATION, AND CHANGE
All you need is this: A piece of cardboard or posterboard, tape, and a cut-out person (this will be you). Step 1: draw a stairway on the posterboard beginning on one edge and ending on the other. You could make it shorter and draw something at the end like, I don’t know, something you want to reward yourself with when you get there (e.g. you could draw a spa to indicate where you’ll be going when you reach the top ;-)) Step 2: draw a person going up. You can use my picture to the left here (click on it) by tracing it on a piece of paper and cutting it out or, better yet, you can make your own one and customize it to look more like you ;-)
Step 3: stick some tape behind the person so you can stick and unstick it on the cardboard (you’re going to have to replace the tape halfway as it loses its stickiness but that’s OK). You can also just pin the stairs on a cork-board and just use tacks to move yourself up. Step 4: Every day that you follow your plan, you go up a step in the stairway. In this way, you get to visualize how far you’ve been and all the steps it’s taken to get to where you are!
Then, of course, if you ‘fall off the wagon,’ AAA!!! you fall off the stairs and have to begin again at step number one! Eventually though, it will look something like this: