Most of us have been taught to think that losing weight and keeping it off long term is about what we eat and how much we exercise. Actually that is only a tiny part of it. If you are subconsciously sabotaging yourself all the diet and exercise in the world will not keep you slim. Keeping the motivation to maintain the diet and exercise comes from how you view yourself and what you are doing. Naomi Teeter, a health coach and someone who’s lost 150 pounds (and maintained a healthy weight for years), sees patterns in why so many people lose weight but eventually gain it all back. She says there are 5 patterns that need attention if you are going to loose weight and keep it off. Of the five these two are my biggies. Which ones do you relate to? post your comments below.
1. We have disempowering beliefs about ourselves.
I used to think a lot of awful things about myself. These thoughts were sometimes even reinforced by other people. It wasn’t until I honestly allowed myself to believe more positive, life-affirming qualities about myself that I was able to follow through with my weight loss and many other challenges.
If we see ourselves as someone who never follows through or that we have low willpower or don’t deserve good health, we won’t get it (or at least not for long).
Pro tip: Find references from your past experiences when you were successful at achieving something you set out to accomplish. What words would you use to describe the type of person you were when that happened? Were you driven, determined, brave, courageous, hard working, inspirational? Reinforce these beliefs about yourself on a constant basis.
4. We react out of fear during times or crisis and change.
Many us thrive on having a set routine and expectations. However, when something comes along to disrupt that routine, we’re so inflexible that we react in ways that bring us right back to our old habits and patterns of how we deal with stress.
Reacting to fear often leads to seeking comfort and distraction through eating, drinking, shopping, etc. Instead of accepting it’s OK to be afraid, to feel uncomfortable or out of control, we try to push bad feelings away with substances. But change and crisis are opportunities for growth and deeper experience, not something to be avoided.
Pro tip: The next time change comes up (and it will), ask questions of the situation. It’s easy to focus on how a situation can negatively impact your life, but how can it be a positive? Is there a hidden lesson to be learned? How can you act in a way that is still healthful while handling this undesirable circumstance?
Read the rest of Naomi Teeter’s list here. Thank you MindBodyGreen for sharing such good stuff.