Sabotaging Thought: I don’t want to practice all of these skills before starting my diet because that will take too long.

Response: When has jumping right into a diet EVER helped me to lose weight and, more importantly, keep it off? Now I’m doing things differently by FIRST learning skills that will enable me to actually stick to my diet before making major changes in my eating. Besides, if it takes an extra two months in the beginning, what does that matter in the course of the rest of my life?