“In a sense, pessimism is an attempt to protect you from you. When this happens, you try to bubble-wrap your life, anticipating negativity, cowering and minimizing your potential for success by defending yourself against anticipated failure. And let’s not forget the price tag for pessimistic worrying: stress. Stress depletes us psychologically and chemically. Stress drains us, depletes our chemistry, contributes to mood disturbances, and fuels our pessimistic, bubble-wrapped lives. And when it comes to weight loss, pessimism strips away confidence by constantly preparing you for your slide toward failure. You’ve probably encountered that seductive voice whispering in your ear, ‘Who cares? I knew I couldn’t handle this. And besides, it’s only a piece of cake. I deserve a treat.’” (Thin From Within page 100).