An Action Plan For Weight Loss This Year – Part 10

Month 12:  December – Review – self assessment:

HOW CAN YOU FURTHER IMPROVE???

December. Unbelievable, if you’ve made it this far, how much has your life changed over the last year? How much different do you look and feel? What have you achieved this year? How many people have noticed a change in you?

For this month, I want you to take time to review your results.

It’s time for more photos, how do you compare to the photos from January? You’ve come a long way. How much has your diet changed? How much has your fitness and strength changed? How much has your habits and self-talk changed?

Here’s how I want you to do it, below are the questions I want you to answer. I want you to physically answer them, yes, I want you to physically write the answers out and take time to answer them. Give a descriptive answer for each stating where you were when you started, a whole year ago now, and then where you are today.

Each answer should be paragraphs and paragraphs long, not a single sentence.

Why, I hear you asking. Because I want you to put the truth on paper and get all the emotion and story out. It has a secondary benefit too. And that is to help you focus on the next upcoming year and focusing you on the task of continuing you’re now healthier way of living.

Week 1:  Diet how much has your diet changed?

Week 2:  Exercise – how much has your fitness and strength changed?

Week 3:  Mindset – how much has your self talk and your habits changed?

Week 4:  Take photos and measure your weight. Review. How much have you changed?

LAST QUESTION:  How do you further refine or improve?

Only you can answer this question. Maybe it’s your diet, or maybe it’s your cardio or your strength training. Maybe you want to change something because you want to try something new. This is great, because as it is said, ‘variety is the spice of life’. Maybe your some areas aren’t to the standard you would like, so improve those areas. Whatever the changes may be, remember, that you don’t want to revert back to what you used to do. Was it a better way of life? Really?

Hopefully you have seen all the changes that you have wanted to see. And hopefully more in most cases. To re-state what I said at the beginning, 12 months ago, people over estimate what they can achieve in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.

Realise that this is the beginning. What will another year of this lifestyle bring? What will another 10 years bring?

Change your hypnosis every 2 – 3 months. Continue to train every day for approximately an hour. Continue to refine and improve your diet. Further analyse your portion control, that is, your meal sizes. Continue to monitor and adjust your self-talk.

Thank you for following my posts for An Action Plan For Weight Loss This Year.

These posts have made me further review my healthy lifestyle and to question the things in my life, some of the comments I’ve received have been incredibly insightful and have lead to reflection on my part.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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Walk For Your Health

Walking. Pretty simple we all do it, it’s easy to perform compared to other cardio exercises. You can do it anywhere and anytime. You don’t have to be taught how to do it, or how to make it easier or harder, a really simple exercise for weight loss.

Walking can reduce high cholesterol, body fat, the risk of cancer of the colon and the risk of non-insulin dependent diabetes. It helps control body weight, mental well-being, osteoarthritis, flexibility and co-ordination.

Walking for 2.5 hours a week—that’s just 21 minutes a day—can cut your risk of heart disease by 30%.

https://www.health.harvard.edu/exercise-and-fitness/walking-for-health

Even a quick one-minute jaunt pays off. A University of Utah study in 2014 found that for every minute of brisk walking that women did throughout the day, they lowered their risk of obesity by 5%.

Most success stories using walking, walk everyday for 45 minutes to 90 minutes, with the average around an hour. That’s 60 minutes per day, 7 days a week, 30 days per month. A simple training philosophy.


Alasdair Wilkins lost 100 pounds (45kg) in 1 year by just walking. Yes, you read right, just walking. The main points of his article https://www.vox.com/2015/7/7/8877041/losing-100-pounds  can be found below:

I just went to the gym, and I … walked. On a treadmill, uphill, at a brisk pace, for about an hour every day — and I do mean every day — from July to April.

I just ignored the (frequently contradictory) mountains of literature on the best way to lose weight and just focused on finding a way that worked for me.

The trick was finding a routine that I actually enjoyed doing and wanted to stick with.

I had given up hope of losing weight at all my only real goal was to start feeling a little better about myself.

I wasn’t putting pressure on myself to lose 100 pounds.

I sidestepped the biggest danger when it comes to weight loss: discouragement.

It definitely helped that I could do things like bring my tablet and watch Netflix in the gym


Wow. What a great example. I love success stories like that.

Go the gym every day, walk for an hour, uphill, at a brisk pace.

Is this what will work for you, maybe no, maybe yes. Only you will know. What should be highlighted is that he found something he enjoyed to do. Yes he may have been watching Netflix, but you have the ability to choose. So choose something you like, use distraction if you need (Netflix in the example), do it every day and do it for a considerable amount of time (60 minutes).

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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What Is A Complete Weight Loss Plan?

If you were to put together the perfect weight loss plan, what would it involve?

What parts would make up your plan?

Hmm?  Maybe something to do with diet, exercise and mindset. Sounds like a holistic approach, diet, exercise and mindset.

Diet:

What things would go into the perfect weight loss plan diet?

How about what foods or products to avoid? Things like processed foods, pre-packaged foods, that we all know are not good for to eat. And what about the foods we should be eating, the healthy stuff, the all natural whole foods that our grand-parents knew. The foods we can find at the local supermarket, like regular, affordable groceries. Sounds like a good idea. What about the amount of food we should eat, that would be great, so we aren’t starving ourselves and not overeating. May be even when to eat, so that meals are timed correctly and not to soon or too late. Meal plan? Yes, to put the whole diet together, in a format that can be followed, without excessive planning or thinking, all done for you so that you can save time and energy on more important things.

Exercise:

What would go into the exercise portion of the plan?

We all lead busy lives, making time to go the gym or get out and do cardio takes time, sometimes a lot of time. Short, do anywhere workouts, with no or few equipment requirements would be a great solution. Somewhere in the 15 minute duration. 15 minutes isn’t long. Just quarter of an hour and done. Especially for those busy days where nothing goes to plan and you still have everything to do. But still is open to do your normal gym workouts or cardio workouts too, when you have the time and your day is going to plan. Something that trains our entire body, and gets us breathing heavy for that added cardiac effect. Maybe even some extra abdominal exercises, because who doesn’t want that flat, washboard. Who doesn’t love a tight lean midsection?

Mindset:

What do you suggest for mindset?

We know that being focused on goals, and having a positive mindset is always where we want to be, but this is not always where we are mentally. We have over or under slept, we have to put up with negative people at work or in our general lives, we’re not happy with where we are physically, we not eating healthily, we feel run down and so on.

Proven scientific focus and control techniques that keep us mentally on track and keep us focused on our goals is what we need. Some tip, tricks, tools and even secrets that will break us from the depressive state around us and bring us to our natural state of focus and positivity. Because if we’re thinking different, we’re more likely to act differently and then take the actions we know we should.

How about hypnosis? Hypnosis? Yeah a hypnosis session that can be used to help change our thinking and mindset, so that we avoid the bad food and bad habits, and opt for better more nutritious foods and better habits like exercising often. Interesting idea, to bypass our often negative state, after a day around so much negativity. Be able to sit back for approximately 20 minutes and drain away the day’s stresses and feel refreshed for what comes next.

The Plan:

This plan we’ve just created, how long would it be for? Well a habit is starting to be formed with 21 consecutive days of deliberate practice. And starts to become automatic on an average of 66 days consecutive deliberate practice. What does this mean? Well, that a new habit, a new behaviour is going to take about a month to form. And then another month to start to become automatic. Realistically about 3 – 4 months to become the norm, with life’s distractions and interruptions.

4 months of plan? Sounds like a lot. Yes. What about a month long plan that can be repeated over and over again? Sounds a lot easier. Especially if the plan is formatted in an easy step by step, follow along system, that even a child could follow. Am I calling you a child? No, definitely not, but if it’s easy enough for a child to understand, then implementation will be easy and effortless. And we all have a million other things to worry about. So easy is great!

If you would like to know more about a foolproof, science based system that’s guaranteed to burn away all your unwanted stubborn body fat in just 4 weeks, no matter how hard you’ve tried before, please click here.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

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Obesity A Growing Trend

Obesity is a growing trend among people worldwide since the 1960’s. Affecting approximately 600 million adults worldwide and approximately 100 million children worldwide.

What is obesity?

Generally obestity could be defined as having a body fat percentage of between 25-30% and higher, dependant on the gender. It is usually measured by the BMI, the ‘Body Mass Index’ (a guide for body height to weight ratio) and a ‘Skin Fold Test’, which involves measuring the skin folds on the body in designated areas.

How does one become obese?

With the increase in consumption of processed / prepackaged foods and only sedentary levels of activity performed, it’s not hard to see that people are eating too much and too much of the wrong foods. There are a small percentage of cases that are caused by genetics, medications, endocrine disorders and mental disorders.

What are the risks?

The increased risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes (type 2), heart disease, breast; colon and prostate cancer, osteoarthritis and depression.

Can obesity be reversed?

Yes, in most cases. By changing the quality and quantity of the food being consumed, and by changing the amount of physical activity performed. Check this out if you want to reverse obesity.

OK, what does that mean?

There are 4 main areas to focus on:  natural foods, portion control, cardiovascular exercise and strength training. Statistically these are the 4 commonalities of people who lose weight and maintain a healthy weight over the long term.

  1. Natural Foods:

Ask this question:  Can you find this food in nature as it is or very close?

Oranges?          Yes

Sugar?              No

Meat?               Yes

Bread?              No

Broccoli?         Yes

Chocolate?       No

Water?             Yes

Soda?               No

That’s as easy as it is. Don’t eat it or drink it if you can’t find it in nature. Are there things that you could find in nature as is that still aren’t healthy? Yes. Orange juice, for instance, yes can be found in nature, but really should be eaten as a fruit not squeezed and consumed as a juice. But with anything, you could probably find some logical to argue any point.

My point is, simply start removing unhealthy processed food products from your diet.

  1. Portion Control:

Excessive overconsumption or overeating is a major addiction many people are battling with. With many people, being brought up to finish what’s on their plate, to not waste food, it’s really hard for people to stop eating when full. In combination with eating too fast, not chewing the food enough and eating in front of TV. Realistically analyse the amount of food you are eating. Do you feel bloated after a meal? Do you need to eat that 2 pound / 1 kilogram steak?

A guideline for eating would include:

Don’t eat while eating TV        (limit distraction)

Slow down when eating, taste the food.

Chew your food more, until it’s a paste, before swallowing.

Start to cut down the portions of food you serve.

Feel the “FULL” feeling.  (this is not the stomach tearing feeling, of ‘I can’t fit another bite in’)

  1. Cardiovascular Exercise:

Perform a medium pace of cardiovascular exercise, ‘cardio’, 3 – 7 times per week for a duration of 30 – 90 minutes.

The average is 5 – 7 times per week, with approximately 45 – 60 minutes per session. Cardio is things like, walking, swimming, rowing, cycling etc…

  1. Strength Training:

Finally, strength training should be performed 1 – 3 times per week. Even though strength training is not usually associated with weight loss, it is 1 of the 4 commonalities of successful weight loss cases. It provides you with a different form of exercise, while strengthening the body to perform more efficiently overall.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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Have You Given Up?

I am always hearing people saying that they just can’t lose weight, that they’re doomed for the rest of their lives. They’ve given up, at wits end with what seems to be no options out. Many have lost and regained weight over and over again, going from one method to the next with no real success.

Have you given up?

Have you tried it all?

When reviewing successful cases of weight loss and weight management over long periods of time, 4 principles keep showing up time and time again. Coincidental? No, success leaves clues, as they say. So what are the 4 principles?

  1. Healthy Diet
  2. Portion Control
  3. Cardiovascular Exercise
  4. Strength Training

Simply, diet and exercise. That’s it. A healthy diet and controlled portions and cardio and strength training. Really? Yes!

Healthy Diet:

So what is a healthy diet? No processed products, that’s right, only natural products, foods that you will find in nature as they are or very close. Sorry no soda, no pasta, no bread, no alcohol, no chocolate, no chips.  Is that it. Yes! To say it is easy, but to do is difficult, especially when you aren’t used to eating a diet free of these things. Many people are addicted to processed foods, sugar, fast foods etc…

So the difficultly will be the implementation of the healthy foods and the removal of the unhealthy foods. I would suggest that you start slow, start small, and proceed step by step. Try to implement 1 thing and remove 1 thing. Don’t try to remove the things you love the most at the beginning, because you will be fighting withdrawal symptoms before long. Start with something small and that you’re not addicted to. Then try something else small. Slowly and surely you will change your diet for the better.

Portion Control:

Overeating is a chronic problem for many people and is one of the major problems for people who are trying to lose weight. By controlling the amount of food you are eating, you start to limit the amount of excess calories that you have to burn off. The amount of food will be different for everyone, it will be dependent on many factors. Review the size of the meals you are eating. Are you forcing yourself towards the end of meal to finish what’s on your plate? Did you know many people have been raised to finish what’s on their plate. Do you eat fast without chewing your food and tasting the food?

Slow down your eating, reduce the size of the meals, chew your food more and taste it. When you start to feel full, stop eating. Drink more water between meals to curb dehydration, which is commonly mistaken for hunger. Follow these suggestions and you will start to control your weightloss issues.

Cardiovascular Exercise:

Cardio as it is commonly known; things such as running, swimming, walking, cycling and rowing are the commonly stated cardio exercises, but as long as you are raising your heart rate and your breath rate, you are performing cardiovascular exercise. You need to raise your heart rate for a minimum of 30 minutes up to 90 minutes. The average time is usually around the 45 – 60 minutes. Performed 5 – 7 days per week.

If you have never done cardiovascular exercise in your life, don’t go out and try to run for 90 minutes, you won’t be doing yourself any favours. Instead start small and slow. Start out at 10 or 15 minutes and see how feel. Maybe continue for the next week or so at that level. Then the week after, extend 5 minutes. And then another 5 minutes the week after and so on, continually improving and extending up to 60 – 90 minutes, to what feels right for you.

Strength Training:

The last principle that many successful weightloss stories have is ‘strength training’. Does this mean you have to go to a gym and pump weights with the body builders? No, but a gym is a good place to start learning to do strength training. Do you have to go to a gym to learn and do strength training? No. There are many alternatives. Strength training should be performed 1 – 3 times per week. Dependent on your schedule and your goals

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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Weight Loss Is Just Counting Calories And Some Exercise – Isn’t It?

Scary statistics, the obestity and overweight statistics of western society. Ever had a look at the statistics from your own country? It’s terrible, even our kids are adversely affected. Some statistics are showing that two thirds of some populations are overweight, with as much as one third being obese.

How can we let ourselves fall to such a level? Look at our sedentary lifestyles, the addiction to internet and television. Where will we end up in 20 years? Quite frankly, it’s depressing. No wonder mental health is deteriorating.

 

How are you sabotaging yourself?

To change our low levels of health, awareness of how we are sabotaging ourselves is essential. We all have particular and unique ways that we accomplish this task. Once we uncover how we are doing this we can change those particular behaviours.

What is stopping you from eating healthier?

What is stopping you from exercising?

What excuses are you telling yourself?

Who or what are you blaming?

What are you going to do to change these things?

 

How can you improve your diet?

Nobody enjoys having to start something they don’t want to do. But in what ways could you start to change your diet?

You don’t have to go cold turkey and change everything at once. Start slowly and implement at your discretion. Just removing soda will reduce sugar consumption dramatically, which is a major problem. The addiction to sugar and fast foods is a major reason for the statistics. By removing the worst things from your diet slowly and surely is the best way to continue long term.

 

It’s about being healthy.

What’s the end goal? To lose weight or be healthy? Hopefully you said healthy. The long term goal is to become more healthy by creating good habits around diet and exercise. Losing weight will not help you if you still maintain your unhealthy ways. So focus on how to be more healthy, and as a result lose the weight that you are seeking to.

 

Step by step.

By trying to change everything at once, trying to give up all the bad habits cold turkey, won’t work. You will be overwhelmed. Too much too quickly. Set yourself up to win, not fail and become depressed over nothing happening. Start slowly and start small. By changing in this way, step by step, your chance of success will be greater. With goals set, plans written up and deadlines set, you will improve your efforts dramatically. But only, step by step, by starting slow, by starting small. Let your small successes build and let the confidence in your abilities soar as you then push on to bigger and harder challenges.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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Weight Loss 8 Proven Tips

Have you heard the story, that if you go on a diet and lose weight, that you will put the weight back on after you finish the diet. All too often.

Why? That is a good question. Why does it happen?

Experts all agree with this statement. Why? Because, to effectively lose weight, you need to change your lifestyle. What? You need to forget about 12 weeks, but think more realistically about this is a change that is happening for life?

Only long term dedicated action changes your situation.

Put another way:  How long did it take you to get to this condition? Well that’s how long it will take for your body to learn to be thinner, healthier, stronger and fitter.

A habit is formed at 21 days of consecutive practice. The habit starts to become automatic after 66 days of consecutive practice. Wow, all I have to do is practice the behaviours I want for 66 days and I won’t have to worry about them ever again. No! How long have you been performing these bad habits. Yes, a lot longer than 66 days. What about those day when things just don’t go as planned?

  1. Don’t skip breakfast, otherwise you may be setting yourself up to binge later in the day. Set yourself up to win by starting the day on a good note.

 

  1. Don’t eat 2 hours before bedtime. Digestion takes time to perform. Digestion interrupts sleep and the recovery that happens during sleep.

 

  1. Perform 30 minutes of exercise at least 3 times per week. 5 – 6 times per week is optimal, with 1 day off for recovery.

 

  1. Substitute healthier options. Such as carob for chocolate, honey for sugar or vegetables or fruit as snacks.

 

  1. Avoid processed foods. Anything that can’t be found in nature as it is or very close, should be avoided at all cost. The world is becoming more and more educated as to the risks of fast foods (processed foods).

 

  1. Don’t snack in front of the TV. To eat a meal is acceptable, but snacking while unconsciously watching TV is a serious problem with people who overeat.

 

  1. Substitute fruit for unhealthy candy, cake or cookies.

 

  1. Drink more water. Drink a tall glass on raising in the morning. Drink when you feel hungry during the day, wait 20 minutes and evaluate hunger again. Try to drink more water throughout the day.

There is only one reason why you can’t lose weight. YOU! Take charge of yourself and command yourself to lose the weight. Support yourself by being more tolerant and patient in your self talk, or the way you talk to yourself.

You can do this, you can lose weight.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

 

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10 Weightloss Truths You Have To Come To Terms With

  1. You are who you are:

You can’t change who you are. That is to say, you can’t be 6 ft tall if you’re only 5 ft tall. Some things you can’t change, many things you can, but some you can’t. That’s life. You have to live with you are. You can’t be somebody else. So concentrate on the things you can do something about.

  1. You might end up heavier:

Yes. I’ll say it again, yes. Muscle is heavier than fat. If you improve your fitness and strength, your muscular composition will also improve. Fact. Yes, with concentrated focused effort you will lose fat, but you will also gain muscle. So you might become heavier in the process. Is this a bad thing. No, are you healthier? Do you fit clothes better? Damn, yes to both those questions.

  1. Once won’t make you fit:

Fitness is a health habit that is continuous and ongoing. It is not a once off effort or done once a year in January. Your fitness training has to be a habit, performed and maintained at least 3 times per week. Your efforts pay off over time with an increase in fitness and performance.

  1. Effort required:

What effort? Why? I know, who would have thought? Seriously though, anything worth achieving requires dedication, commitment, sweat equity. “Effort”.  Plan it, schedule it and actually do it. Yep, turn up and do it, each and every time. Making excuses, won’t work and neither will blaming someone or circumstances. Don’t put it off, get started however you can.

  1. Weightloss won’t happen by tomorrow:

You didn’t gain the wait overnight and you won’t lose it all before waking up tomorrow. Weightloss is a journey. The process will start slowly and increase overtime. Keep records of what activities you have performed and the results to follow. With analysis of your records you will find what is working and what is not. Streamline and tailor your efforts as is necessary.

  1. Spot reduction is a lie:

Don’t fall into the trap of believing ‘spot reduction’. You can’t do sit ups to reduce a fat belly. You can however train your whole body and improve your whole body in the process. You are at the mercy of your genetics when it comes to removing the fat from your body, the same way as when it goes on. Train the whole body.

  1. Proper nutrition:

You have to see yourself as a race machine, you wouldn’t put manure into a race car would you? No! So don’t put processed foods into your body. Am I stating that you need to paying for only the most expensive foods available, NO! What I am saying is, healthy, nutritious, naturally available foods are best.

  1. Exercise:

Yes, you need to exercise. Dieting alone can reduce the fat off your body. But how quickly? The best way is a combination of exercise and diet. Exercise should include cardiovascular exercise and strength training. Yes both, the ideal is to fit, strong and healthy. Find something that you like to do, or do it with someone, or find something to do at the same time.

  1. Quick fixes don’t exist:

Forget the scams, the miracles and all the TV advertisements. Learn the fundamentals of weightloss, nutrition, exercise and strength training. You don’t anything more than that. You don’t need the fads or what’s new out there. Learn the basics and apply them. That is what is more likely to work in the long run.

  1. Lifelong commitment:

Yes I said ‘lifelong’. This is for life, not this week, or a month. Form the habit and train for life. Set goals, go after them and achieve them. No secrets, just dedication week in week out. You can do this start slowly and small and build.

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

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Weight Loss: Would You Like It Or Do You Need It

Where are you at with your weight loss?

Are you losing all the weight you desire as quickly as you desire, with minimal effort?

Doubt it. Why do I say that? Well it’s like this, you are either losing the weight or your not. You are either in the it’s never happening and I’d like for it to happen column, or it’s a priority for you, it’s almost an obsession for you and nothing is going to stop you from achieving it, because you NEED IT! Feel the difference!

This is a very hard concept to live out in our lives. So many distractions, so many bad influences, so easy to cheat and so forth. But come to think of it, so easy to focus on our weightloss, so easy to remove the bad influences, so easy to have no options to cheat. It’s all about setting ourselves up to win.

We know our weaknesses and how we distract ourselves. The problem is, we prefer these things we don’t want more, than the weightloss we so desire. OUCH! Yeah that stung a bit. So how do we cure ourselves of it?

I don’t know? You tell me! How can you remove these distractions and bad influences? How can you set yourself up to win this battle?

One thing most people don’t realise is that we don’t focus or think about our goal enough. Take a few minutes to think about this. How much do you think about something your obsessive towards? How much do you think about something that is absolutely boring to you? See the difference.

If you started to think about your weightloss everyday, multiple times per day. How much more would you NEED IT! Would it start to become more of a priority? How can you start to think more about your weightloss? Here’s a better question. How can you ‘remind’ yourself each day to think about your weightloss?

If you took away bad choices, removed all or most distractions, and really set ourselves up to win, and thought about our weightloss each day, maybe even multiple times per day, while taking multiple actions to lose weight each day, how much better would our performance be?

That’s the difference between wanting and NEEDING. When you need something, it’s a priority. You continually focus on it, think about more ways to improve or better ways to further your goal to completion, that is, to lose that weight.

So now I’ll leave you with the same question I started with:

Where are you at with your weightloss?

 

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.
Thanks for reading,
William…
“Live Life!”

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It’s All In Your Mind – Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of:  It’s All In Your Mind. I have been discussing the battle of the mind and how we can be our own worst enemy with the way our thoughts negatively criticize us.  To Find Part 1 please click here.

An All-Or-Nothing Mindset

This is actually the basis for perfectionism. To all-or-nothing people, the world is either black or white; no gray areas. To them, it’s either you’re perfect or you’re a failure; no in-betweens. “Oh, that pizza has just ruined everything in my diet plan. There is no way I can keep this dieting program functional. I’ll always be fat.” But has it ever crossed your mind that the problem may not actually be in your behavior but with the foundation of the dieting plan itself? Why doesn’t it allow for some pizza? Rather than giving up pizza for good and always feeling bad about it, why not have a way to make it part of the menu in a healthy manner?

 Good Foods Vs. Bad Foods

Let’s face it: foods can’t be good or bad because they never misbehave by themselves. Well, I’m not trying to run away from the fact that some foods are more nutritional or fiber-dense or nourishing than others. What we’re saying is: you can enjoy any food responsibly if you decide to. How we label food as either bad or good can have a major impact on both our eating habits and the amounts we consume. For instance, by labelling French fries as bad, they have become taboo for many. So, if you succumb to their allure you may end up over-doing it.

So, what is the solution? Avoid this dichotomous labelling of food as good or bad. Be flexible enough to have some allowance for all foods without too much judging. Rather than hating French fries and considering them so unhealthy, why not gain the satisfaction of enjoying them in moderation?

 Body Size Distortions

Don’t dwell too much on how thin or fat you see your body. Instead, see your body in terms of how much it can do for you. Don’t stand in front of a mirror solely so as to zoom in on your five-months-pregnant-looking stomach and whine about it. Tell your mind to look at your body in terms of how much life it has given forth to, how it allows you to go wherever you want, how it allows you to enjoy fun, etc.

PARTING SHOT

While we can’t fully still the mind-talk going on inside our heads, we need to acknowledge the presence of the negative self-critical statements and understand that they have very little in common with our actual reality. If you can believe this and be aware of its negative impact on your life, then you can learn to respond to these little voices with a coping, more objective mindset.

Listen more to the more compassionate, reasonable and caring voice in your head. Just like your would empathize and sympathize with a friend, be a close listener to your own inner voices. With such a positive mindset, chances are that you’ll start seeing more positive outcomes in your weight loss journey sooner.

Remember, this battle will start to be won right there in your own mind!

You owe it to yourself, to be healthy, to be fit, to live life.

Thanks for reading,

William…

“Live Life!”

 

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