With summer around the corner, Dawn made a commitment to herself: no more sugar, alcohol, or fried food. She knew that if she could stick to those rules, she'd be able to lose the few pounds she wanted to shed.
That Sunday afternoon, as she wrote the three rules in her journal, she was excited about her plan and looking forward to feeling lighter, healthier, and more energized—it was going to be a great summer!
Fast-forward to Tuesday evening. Dawn finds herself in a restaurant with friends after work ordering nachos with extra cheese and one too many glasses of wine.
On the way home, she's hit by the all-too-familiar feelings of failure, frustration, and confusion about why she continually sabotages her healthy eating goals.
We've all been in Dawn's shoes. We know where we want to go. We know how to get there. We even feel excited about our plan—but before we know it, we're sabotaging our plans, undermining our progress, and hating ourselves for it.
As one of my clients so eloquently put it, "I have to wonder: why do I continue to be the person I don't want to be?"
Here are the three most common reasons for self-sabotage that I see in my practice as a nutritionist, and what I do to help my clients break this destructive pattern: