Your husband just won't eat diet food. It was snowing, so you couldn't go shopping for healthy things to eat. You felt as if you were coming down with something. The only things served at that party were cheese and cookies. Your dog ate your running shoes.
Bob Greene, weight-loss coach extraordinaire, has heard it all. "I know every single excuse not to eat right or exercise regularly - except for a good one," he says with a smile. "And that's because none of them are good. When people make excuses, all they're doing is justifying why they can't change, why they're not worthy of change. They're looking for ways to let themselves off the hook."
Over the years, as he's helped Oprah Winfrey - and hundreds of other clients - to win the weight battle, Greene has learned that when it comes to finally dropping pounds, there is only one thing that really matters - and it has nothing to do with calories consumed or hours spent in the gym.