Excerpt: First, it’s important to understand why many of us fail to follow through. The biggest explanation is that old habits die hard.
“Change in general is difficult because people are used to doing what they’ve done or not done for a lot longer than they’ve been trying to make a change,” says Yvonne Thomas, PhD, a Los Angeles-based psychologist, whose specialties include self-esteem, motivation, and relationships. “People find ways to talk themselves out of a goal, and it’s so much easier for the old patterns to take over again. People get busy again after the holidays. Life can be so non-stop that it’s easy to get to the end of the day and think, ‘Oh no, I’m not supposed to have gluten, but I haven’t had time to go to the store for different foods, so I’ll just eat what I have.’ It’s hard to make time and space to create a new routine.”