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10/17/2010 09:24 pm ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

The Death of a Diet ... NOT!


Everything in life has a cycle. Not to sound morbid here, but even businesses, ideas, all forms of life - are conceived, born, grow, peak, decline and die. Even diets have a lifecycle that is familiar to us all.

Conception: "I think I need to lose weight. I know I need to lose weight. I'm going to go on a diet."

Birth: "Yes, I'd like to sign up for your program. Where do I weigh in? I weight HOW MUCH? Are you sure?" "I'm going to get to the grocery store on the way home and start planning and eating right!"

Growth: "I lost 2 pounds?! Whoo hoo! This isn't so bad! As long as I measure and plan and stay ahead of the hunger, I can do this! One day at a time. Now, I'm going home to make some of that delicious FREE SOUP!"

Peak: "Look! I'm wearing jeans from two years ago?! I love shopping in my own closet and now I'm out of the plus size section. Yeah baby! This isn't bad at all. I can do this thing with my eyes closed!"

Decline: "It's still six days to weight in. I can eat this and still have time to undo the damage. Besides, as long as I'm 'off' I might as well eat the rest of the row of cookies before I get back 'on' again. I can't believe I have to do this forever!"

Death: "I know I've gained. I'll skip this meeting, work real hard this week and go back next week just staying the same. But there's no way I'm facing the scale tonight. I definitely don't want an 'up tick' in my pass book!

And the cycle continues ...

The death of a diet really comes down to that SKIPPING part. It's the pulling away from meetings, from the blogs, from the chats and from updating your diet profile. It's avoiding emails from your weight loss buddies as the negative thoughts inside start to grow. "I don't like my leader - who's she to talk." "If I didn't have so many demands from my family I'd be able to focus more on my weight." "My coworkers are just trying to sabotage me!"

It's amazing how quickly even the most avid enthusiast, the 'star', who was leading the weight loss pack in meetings and offering up great ideas and tips, can fall away in such a short time.

I know. I've been there.

Fortunately for all of us, there is also rebirth. (Oh yeah, didn't I put that in?) Well, it is there! And we don't have to wait for a gestation period (that period of time where we gain it all back before beginning again.) Though we often do ... Why do we do that?

Rebirth - starting over - can be instantaneous. We can cheat death and jump right back in to the life we want so desperately.

Join me in making that COMMITMENT to yourself today. Download this LETTER OF COMMITMENT TO MYSELF. Read it and sign it.

Sure, we may "Peak" and we may "Decline" a little from time to time. That's only natural. But if we don't SKIP -- give up -- we can continue to grow in new ways, enjoying those great mountain peaks once again.