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I've had success with this method replacing some of the bad food I ate; ice cream, doughnuts, spaghetti - all gone without much problem. But I could never get it to work with soda. I always found a way to cheat - some excuse for having just 1 soda (which then became 2, etc.) I think the difference was the slightly addictive combo of sugar/caffeine.
To beat sodas, the only method that's worked for me is to totally and completely stop. I don't drink only 1; I don't drink a small one; I don't drink them on special occasions. I haven't had a soda since December 23, 2009, so that method has worked very nicely for me.
I eat baby carrots and raw celeries instead of those crunchy snacks, yogurt instead of ice-cream, and I drink sparkling water plus a little bit of OJ instead of soda... Sometimes I get bored of my substitutes, but then I refuse to go backwards on the healthy diet route. I start hunting for new creative healthy diets to make myself (and my stomach) happy.
On the other hand, I found whenever I was writing or programming, my mind became so focused that I forgot about hunger. That proves one thing: the hunger of the stomach, reallly, is the hunger of the mind... (not always, but sometimes la~~)=P
I'm really thrilled to bring you a guest post by Dan Andrews. He runs a product development company in San Diego, runs the Tropical MBA blog, and the Lifestyle Business Podcast. Some really good insights on there, and he's a really solid guy too. Here's Dan -
Try Losing Some Moral Battles and Winning Some Real Ones
When you are bemoaning the success or victory of others, you are generally seeking to achieve a sort of victory yourself. Let's call this a moral victory. Moral victories are addicting. You can achieve them at will. They magically appear whenever you need a boost.
Moral victories do one thing: they make losers feel like they’ve gotten some victory.
Moral victories are popular with people when they feel like they have no real power to make changes in the world. This makes some sense to me-- building power, wealth, and influence is generally difficult.
Here's a new article from Giles that's worth a read:
This is valuable for lifting coaches. I make a concerted effort to only correct one error at a time. Yesterday I even caught myself before over-coaching which was a small personal victory.
Some other things that have worked well for me (none of these are original also):