Did you know ...
...you already have everything inside you that you need to succeed!
Now it's time to use it ...
So you've tried a few weight loss plans, perhaps you've found some easier than others, perhaps you could even say you've enjoyed them.
The chances are that you had a good result and even achieved your goal of the amount of weight you wanted to lose.
You felt great, you felt in good shape, more energy, feeling good about yourself and equally as important you felt like it was going to last.
Then, something stressful happened in your life, or maybe it didn't, but for whatever reason, you started to put the weight back on and once you started to put it back you may have thought "What the heck, what's the point, I might as well just go back to eating what I want, when I want" and even more frustrating, there is a good chance you have no idea what went wrong, what changed, why did you start to put it back on.
Do it differently this time ...
The only feeling that should be satisfied with food is that of hunger. The next time you find yourself reaching for food at times other than when you are hungry there is a chance that you are feeling some emotion that needs to be met in a healthier, most positive way than reaching for the biscuit tin or the bread bin. When this happens, follow these three steps to begin to change the habit of satisfying an emotion with food:
1. Stop for a moment and just allow yourself to relax, this in itself will start to divert your attention away from food. Take a couple of deep breaths in and out, allowing the out breath to be approximately twice as long as the in breath. Scan your mind and your body and begin to notice what you are feeling. Do you feel lonely, bored or could you be eating for comfort? Or perhaps there is another emotion that you notice.
2. Write it down. Quite often when something is a subconscious habit we don't know we're doing it until afterwards for example, before you even realise it, you're half way through the packet of biscuits. One of the best ways of bringing a subconscious habit to conscious awareness is writing it down. Write down exactly what you are feeling and whereabouts in your body that you are feeling it.
3. Begin to allow your mind to be open to new, healthier, positive ways to get the emotion met. In a relaxed state, your mind is more open to allowing your subconscious mind to generate new ideas, new ways to relieve boredom, new healthier ways to feel comforted or new ways to overcome loneliness and when in a relaxed state you will find that things come to you more easily. As they come to you, make a list that you can refer to in the future. Make a list of interests that you have, even jobs that need to be done around the house, plan to keep in touch with friends and family more often. Planning ahead is another effective way to take control of comfort eating. If you know that a situation may arise where you would usually find yourself with a craving to eat for comfort or boredom put strategies and plans in place to reduce the likelihood that you will feel the urge for food. Enrol a partner or friend in helping you to overcome this. Make yourself accountable to someone, ask them to help you to think of healthier ways to get those feelings acknowledged.
These three steps create new habits. When you do this often, your subconscious mind will go to the new habit instead of the old and then its THE NEW HABIT that will feel automatic!
You can do this!
Create that healthier new you!
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