Its kind of interesting that after the post I wrote below, I found an article in Marie Claire from last month that just reiterated what I was describing. I thought I would post the part that spoke to me here:
Maximize Your Mind:
1. Its your choice, so make it a great one: The key to getting the body you want is recognizing that everything in life is a choice. While some choices are made unconsciously, the only way to get what you dream of is to master the art of conscious choice-making. By deliberately choosing every step you take, you will feel more confident, excited, and focused on the discipline you need to achieve your goals. It comes to 2 simple but critical questions
What are the consequences of the choice I am making?
Will this choice bring me closer to my goals?
2. Know that there will never be a stress-free time in your life: So you need to stop using stress as an excuse for not moving toward your goals.
3. Practice Pragmatic Moderation: Make health decisions you can live with forever. That means finding a middle ground between self-denial and self-indulgence - and having an occasional piece of cake.
4. Let go of the Past: It doesnt matter what kids called you in high school or what nasty thing someone said to you last week - that is no longer relevant. Move forward from here on out.