Sensible Weight Loss Step 1-Believe In Yourself
Do you believe in yourself? I mean deep in your heart believe in yourself. Do you believe in your own ability to be successful at whatever you set out to do?
When you believe that “you can” you are more likely to take steps to get what you want, rather than sitting back and wondering whether or not what you want is achievable, or worse yet, doing nothing. You won’t be successful at anything if you don’t take action.
Success starts in your mind and heart and it does not tap you on the shoulder and announce “here I am”. There is no magic. You have to say, “This is what I want and this is what I’m going to do to get it.” That means action.
There Is No Diet Magic:-
I had been looking for diet magic from the time I was a little kid, about 10, I think. That’s when I started ending my nightly prayers with a weight loss prayer to wake up skinny. Please God, make me skinny tonight while I sleep, and when I wake up tomorrow I’ll eat right and exercise and do everything I’m supposed to. Just make me skinny first. Every night without fail I closed my eyes thinking, “This will be the night when it happens.” I was praying for a dose of weight loss magic.
Of course, this kind of magical thinking wasn’t so far-fetched for a 10-year-old, but as I grew up and realized that I probably wouldn’t wake up skinny in the morning, I still harbored an unspoken desire for some diet magic to deal with my burgeoning body. I wanted something to make it E-A-S-Y. I believed with all of my heart that there was a solution for me but I wanted that solution to come from the outside, not from within me. I lived my life hoping and waiting to stumble upon some diet magic.
It turns out that the magic is you and the fact that you believe in yourself. That wins over magical thinking every time.
Start With A Previous Success:-
Think about a time in your life when you were successful–not related to food or eating. Something completely different. Close your eyes and picture it. Picture all of the details but focus on how you felt when you achieved that success. Bring that picture to the forefront when you feel doubt creeping in. Success builds on itself and helps you to believe in yourself.
Define what success is for you when it comes to eating. Is it losing weight? Cutting out sugar? Cutting out coke? No more second helpings? More veggies? Start small, make it measurable, make it achievable.
A practical strategy for learning to believe in yourself is to do for others. Part of focusing on yourself and your eating problems means that food and eating are constantly at the forefront and you have a 24/7 opportunity to obsess on yourself. When you focus on others you don’t have the time to obsess about yourself, and you have the benefit of knowing that someone else is better off because of you. It can be quite powerful.
Get out of your comfort zone. A major part of the reason you’re reading this in the first place is that you’ve developed a bad habit. Habits come from doing the same things over and over, so change it up. Maybe that means cooking new foods, or taking a new route to work so you don’t have to pass by the donut shop.
We’ll talk more on changing habits later in this series.
Right now, believe that you can. Don’t give up.
I know you can. I believe you can.
Now it’s up to you.
Continue to Step 2 – Evaluating Unhealthy Eating Habits.
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