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Mindset, Motivation & Willpower This part can be especially tough for perfectionists. If you are used to making things perfect, getting everything right, and always winning, it may be tough for you to change your eating habits without flipping out if you slip up. Don’t worry; I’ve included the key to avoiding this. It’s been said that it takes about 21 days to make a habit stick. Once you have completed 21 days, it will be a habit that you will be able to continue. What is a habit? A habit is something you will do automatically, something you do without thinking, and something that does not require self-control. The key to forming a habit is to not beat yourself up when you do fail. Perfection is not attainable. There will be slip-ups. The key to forming good, healthy habits is not beating yourself up and not going off the deep end when you do mess up. For example: Let’s say you are doing well and following The 3 Week Diet without deviation, and you’re on day 7. Someone at work brings in cookies, a cake or one of your favorite treats. Everyone is eating a cookie and you don’t want to be rude. Actually, you just can’t resist it any longer and you have ¾ of one cookie. Now, you’re mad that you went off of the diet and took a few bites of some carbs. THE KEY TO FORMING A HABIT STARTS RIGHT HERE - do not say to yourself: “Oh well, guess I ruined my diet for today, I’ll just eat 6 more cookies and start my diet over tomorrow.” Those 6 other cookies are going to count against you. Is ¾ of a cookie better than 6? Of course! The thing you absolutely must remember is to keep trying no matter what mishaps you have along the way. This is why dieters fail. They set themselves up for failure by starving and then go overboard with food. After the feelings of guilt start coming up with the acid reflux, they make a resolve to ”do better tomorrow,” and in the meantime, they shove even more bad food down their throats until the sun rises the next day.

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