Secure a sponsor: Find someone who has been successful at breaking the same habit. Lean on that person for support and advice when you feel like you might cave. Holding yourself accountable to even just one other person makes it more likely that you'll stay strong when faced with temptation, experts say. Your inspiration could be a next-door neighbor or a member of an online weight-loss group such as the one at sparkpeople.
Be a patient with yourself: Behavior patterns are always hard to change so expect to relapse at least once—and be gentle with yourself when that occurs. Instead of dwelling on the setback, accept your mistake and move on. Start fresh right away. Remember, slipping up doesn't mean you can't achieve your goal. It's probably just going to take time.
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