In this video I deal with the question of a past Atkins follower regarding recidivism and motivation. The question was how to regain the motivation to do Atkins again when it just “makes you want to purge.”
I respond with dealing with about what motivated me. I held a couple of different images in my head — negative and positive ones. The negative ones centered on what the weight and fat meant to me — being kicked off amusement park rides or having to shop for cars with the greatest gut room. The positive ones kept varying as new opportunities kept arising – like reenlisting in the National Guard, running the Living History Farms race, or something as simple hiking with the kids.
The second half is surrounding yourself with others who know you and know your trials. They can commiserate with you, challenge you to do better, or celebrate in your successes.
Finally, internalizing the motivation rather than relying on external pressures is only way to success. External pressure will never be enough to turn down the chocolate because those motivators aren’t always around. You however always are.