Updated: Sep 29, 2019
Hold yourself accountable.
Deal with one situation at a time.
The idea of huge sweeping change can be daunting. Start by eating a balanced breakfast backed by information from a knowledgeable source, and move forward. Lunch, dinner, bed. Now, do it again. One at a time.
In Alcoholics Anonymous, there's a saying, "It works if you work it." In other words, there is nothing magical about the information, nothing that will fix your drinking just by hearing or reading it. However, if you do the hard work and implement the simple practices, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Over the past year of building this program, I've had a few clients that were upset by the simplicity of the program. They wanted a larger set of documents or more shiny objects, more tips & tricks.
With the speed and availability of information it's easy to get off track, thrown down a YouTube rabbit hole of nutrition and fitness misinformation. Regardless of the speed of information, there's no substitute for sticking to something, even if it's a little difficult.
What AA or any other support group offers is accountability. In AA it's all about the next decision. Same here in The Dan Plan. Stack good decisions on top of each other, and if you make a bad one - no big deal.
Get back up, hold yourself accountable and move forward.
If you want to lose weight or get more fit, or both, find someone who can help hold you accountable. Lean on them, make one decision after another and be patient. The results will come....if you work it.
The Seven Tenets of The Dan Plan
I understand that I am obligated to check in every day
I understand that I need to track my food and report to my coach.
I am completely committed to making a change and am ready to start now. I will not change my mind, turn back or give up.
If I make a mistake, I will admit that mistake and move forward.
I understand that I am personally responsible for my actions.
I understand that the program works if I work it.
I understand that if I do not commit, I will not get the results I deserve and desire.