3.21 A + B = C

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We will spend a significant amount of time working on this equation developed by Ellis, a founding father of cognitive behavioral therapy [5]. It’s a straightforward and useful technique to recognize what keeps us stuck, and what we can do differently.

Actions combined with Beliefs produces Consequences [5]. These can be positive or negative.  It’s fair to say that discussions on nutrition and exercise can produce a host of negative feelings and memories of failed attempts, but that’s “old stuff” or “old beliefs”. As you work on your plan for weekly meal planning and physical activities (actions) write down some encouraging thoughts to help you begin creating new “beliefs” with positive health consequences and rewards.

 Resilience: Identify three positive “self-coaching” statements you can start using this week.


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