Have you ever asked yourself why you have lost weight, felt good about yourself, received compliments, and finally looked at yourself in a full length mirror and said ‘YES’, only to gain most, if not all, and more, back? Statistics show that 85 to 90% of us do just that.
Our conscious thoughts are forever leading us to fuss over the weight and then we decide to go on a diet. We are determined, to follow the next craze in losing the weight. Slowly, but surely the pounds melt off and we are so proud; however, as it turns out, there is something underneath that seems to sabotage us every time and back up the yo-yo game we go, leaving us saying to ourselves, there is no use going on another diet, I can’t stick to anything, I was born to be this way and there is no sense trying to change things at my “age”. My family is all overweight and that is really in my genes, so I don’t know why I should be fighting against something that is my destiny.
Your inner world and thoughts are what decide your outcome and if those negative thoughts are
niggling around in your mind and you are verbalizing them to someone, what result do you think you are going to get every time, no exception? What can you do to change those inner thoughts that will reflect the positive outcome you so want to see.
In the many clients I’ve coached, I have found that overeating, was just a symptom of something underneath that wasn’t being dealt with, and eating was a tool, (if you wish) to cover up whatever it is. Until you deal in a healthy manner with what is bothering you and change your inner thoughts, you will continue on your yo-yo journey.
Having said that, we will discuss that in another blog. Meanwhile, think and record all your thoughts that you are going over and over in your mind. You will see a pattern there and once you can acknowledge just what is going on that is driving you to overeat or ending up sabotaging you success, you can well be away on having a life that is not lived around scales, dieting and hiding.
Meanwhile I have a little exercise (not physical). I encourage you to take a piece of paper and put a line down the middle. On the left-hand side, I want you to put all those thoughts that aren’t serving you. Those thoughts are not what you want and they are thoughts that are holding you back. Those are the thoughts you want to discard. Now on the right side, beside each thought, I want you to write what you do want. Look at possibilities and probabilities. Take your time. This is a valuable exercise.
E.g. THOUGHTS I AM THINKING
I’m always going to be fat
WHAT I DO WANT/POSSIBILITIES
I have lost weight in the past and I can do it again.
I can learn a different way to handle my weight to have permanent success.
I can learn to watch my thoughts as these create the results I create in my outer world.
May you learn to “Lighten Up”
Till next week. Take care…keep smiling.