You may think just shedding those extra pounds would be satisfying. Sure, it would be nice to fit into smaller clothes and be able to cross your legs without a great deal of effort. But the question is, “If getting rid of the excess fat was so satisfying then why do we gain it back?”
Here’s Some Points to Consider when Putting Losing Weight as a Higher Priority…
- We revolve our lives around things we think we “need” to do, like following the latest diet, counting fat grams, reading food labels, weighing food, exercising, taking pills or even preparing for surgery. Not only do these tasks take a lot of our energy, but they also steer us away from doing things that give us pleasure and that we thoroughly enjoy.
- Our thoughts focus on what we think we “should” look like. This leaves little room for accepting and loving ourselves the way we are.
- We spend time comparing ourselves with others or yesterday’s weight with today’s. Comparison results in either feeling superior or inferior, neither of which is very pleasant.
- We put many things in our life on hold until we are satisfied with our looks. Waiting to lose weight delays happiness now.
- We are self-absorbed, focusing on “How can I bring attention to myself?” This leads us away from expressing love and asking, “What can I give?”
- We might buy into the latest research and peer pressure, not letting our intuition or gut instinct guide our decisions.
Now, take a moment and look deep inside. Don’t you really want to be released from sacrifice, guilty feelings, and the constant obsession about food? Wouldn’t it be nice to not fret over what to eat, when, and how much? Or no longer fear what food might do to you if you eat it? Essentially, wouldn’t you rather put being happy a higher priority?
We have to get to the point that we are so exhausted from changing our behavior and waiting for that perfect figure, that we become willing to change the way we think. The first step is to put being happy before losing weight. And only when that happens, do we allow ourselves to stop sacrificing and begin to feel peace.
You can also contact Vickie Champion for a discovery coaching and consulting session about changing your relationship with food.