Sabotaging Thought: When I’m counting calories, I have to make sure I’m counting everything perfectly and exactly.

Response: This is impossible! If I put the burden on myself to be perfect and exact when counting, then I’ll spend way too long trying to figure out what I’m eating, counting calories will feel like a huge burden, and I’m likely to give up. There are many times when being exact is impossible (like when I eat at a restaurant) so I need to give up the idea that perfection is achievable. Instead, I need to spend a short amount of time and come up with a reasonable guess and then move on! Chances are sometimes I’ll overestimate and sometimes I’ll underestimate and it will even out.