Let me see if I can help out.
One behavior that may help is to alter your expectations of the process. What I mean is this:
Instead of waking up and saying “Ok, today is the day that I’m going to quit,” try thinking “Today is going to totally suck because I’m going to go the whole day without smoking. I’m going to be stressed, irritable, and generally in a pissy mood, so I better do whatever I can to set up an environment where I can get through this.”
The above statement is made with this realization in mind: any time you make decisions that forfeit immediate gratification for long term gain (growth, health, well being, prosperity, etc), it’s gonna suck short term. Don’t expect anything different, because if you do, you’ll be fooling yourself. On a 1-10 scale of suckiness, gear up for a 10. Hopefully the reality will be a 7 instead, but plan for a 10.
Along with the above tactic, have a conversation like this with yourself: "HogLover (sorry, I don’t know your real name), every day for the past 7 years, you’ve done “xyz” and it’s obviously not taking me where I need to go. Therefore, I need to do something-anything- different, if I expect a different result.
Also remember day one is the hardest. Followed by day two. And so on and so forth. Make a committment to yourself to have ONE PERFECT DAY. Why not do this, and then write back and let us know how it went?
Hope that helps you out…
…with myself! I must have the worst self control ever. Food seems to be like a drug to me. Like somone trying to stop smoking, they say to themselves everyday, “Ok, today is the day that I’m going to quit,” but by the end of the day they’ve smoked half a pack. I’m that way with food it seems like. I know that eating the wrong thing or too much of it will make me fat. I know that eating the wrong thing will cause me health problems down the line. I know that if I don’t get control of it then I’ll find myself spiraling out of control. But it never seems to fail that I always do exactly opposite of what I know to do.
For instance, I’ll tell myself at the beginning of the day, “Ok, I’m going to eat healthy today at lunch,” but what happens at lunch? I eat a pizza buffet of a cheeseburger.
HOW DO I GAIN CONTROL!!! How do I do what I know to do? Why can’t I tell myself no and stay away from the bad foods?