Everyone is talking about Oprah and her 21 day cleanse? Why? Because she made this, yet another diet effort a public matter. She invited a few million of us to join her and watch her and read her blog as she cleansed her body for a mere 21 days.
It sounds so simple, so easy: hire a chef, just eat what he makes you and stick with it for a short 21 days. I am sure Oprah thought to herself 'after all I have accomplished in life, this will be a walk in the park, easy, 21 days and boy am I going to feel great when it's over; freshed, renewed, cleansed....hey, I will tell the world about it now so they can do it with me!'.
Well, there are a lot of diet gurus out there who recommend doing just that, making public declarations of your embarking on their diet, sign a pledge, get an accountability buddy (or in Oprah's case a few million of them) so that you will stay the course and on track.
There's one problem with making the "Attention K-Mart shoppers, in aisle 4, I am starting my new diet today" type of declaration. One problem:
You are going to fail, and then you have not only failed, you are going to embarrass yourself in front of your buddy, your office or the world in Oprah's case, and then, not only do you have to deal with letting yourself down because you couldn't stick with the very radical, immediate and overwhelming change that the diet called for, now you have to hear the comments of others.
First rule when staring Vice Busting; DON'T tell anyone you are "going on a diet" and most importantly don't tell yourself that ... Continue
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