This is my mantra. One day at a time. Hi, I've been lurking this board for a few weeks, and haven't decided if I want to take the WISH challenge or not. Thinking seriously about it. Y'all are great support! Anyhow, I started a few days ago, eating right, drinking lots of water, and getting in an evening four mile walk. What I tell myself, instead of looking at the long road ahead of me (months and months), I look at just today. When the little bowl of Hershey kisses on the secretary's desk calls to me, I look at them and say, "For today, I'm eating right, healthy, and losing this weight. If I still want it tomorrow, I'll eat it then. But for today, I'm going to pass on that chocolate." When I get home and don't feel like walking, I say to myself, "For today, I'm exercising and working at losing this weight. If I don't want to walk tomorrow, then I won't. But for today, I'm going to walk." One day at a time. The neat part is when I go to bed at night, I feel good about accomplishing what I did today. I don't worry about the big grand plan. I focus on today's baby step. And when I get up in the morning, I want that feeling of success that I felt the night before again (because it feels so good!), so I'm motivated to keep at it. One day at a time. I feel like the negotiation with myself (I can have it tomorrow if I still want it then) empowers me. It isn't deprivation. It doesn't say no. It just tells my sweet tooth or lazy side that they'll have to wait for another time. Not no. Just not now. And that makes me feel like I'm still in control and not giving up everything. So far it seems to be working. I figure that 7 baby steps equals one week of success! And 21 baby steps should equal an established habit (so it should be even easier after that). Thanks for all of your encouragement and keep up the good work!