Someone recently posted about their struggle with weight loss and how they hop from one “diet” to another. This was my response. It comes from training as a life coach, along with lots of personal insights for myself and those around me.
It’s all in your head.
Don’t you just hate that expression?
But, really it is all about how you are thinking of the way you eat.
- What’s your motivation?
- What’s your need?
- What is it that you want to get, but don’t think you are?
- Could you get it if you hung in a while longer?
- Do you respond to rewards?
- If so, what might that be?
Here’s how I’m looking at it.
I need to feel better, and want to look better, but, I know it will take a while. So, I have my plan and have removed the things from my life that sabotage me.
Now, I have to distract myself from food and cravings.
- I work, I play with the kids, I keep busy and when it comes up, I ignore it -OR (what’s even better thanks to my plan) is that I have found substitutes for the cravings.
Baked cheese crackers, dip, low carb ice cream, ect. It took time to learn these things and I was motivated for my daughter’s health first, but now that she’s safe, I need to do it for myself too. I want to do it for myself.
I’m a good 20-30 pounds overweight. I was in a car wreck ten years ago that made me give up on physical activity. My dancing days came to an end and that was a huge part of my life. So, now, there is no muscle, just blob. I miss feeling strong. I miss feeling refreshed after sleep.
It’s all in my head now. I know what I want and I understand that I have to stay the course. The hard part of the work (learning how to cook) is behind me, but I have to decide to stay on track.