Before you embark on any weight loss program, ask yourself if you really believe you can do it? If the answer is “no”, you need to explore this. The saying above is very true!
If you start off believing you can’t do it, you are making it even harder for yourself. Why don’t you believe it? Is it because you have tried so many times before? Were you “labelled” as the “big boned” child in the family? Do you have a mother or best friend who on the one hand agrees you need to lose weight but on the other feeds you cake? Have you, like me, got health conditions that make you believe being a healthy weight is now impossible for you? Or perhaps you think “it’s too hard” or “I can’t be bothered”. When you’ve identified what the core dysfunctional belief is, you are in a position to do something about it!
Challenge your belief. Perhaps the statement that felt the hardest to bear and may have made you tearful was “It will be too hard”. Write that down on a piece of paper. Underneath it, draw a line down the centre of the paper and on the left hand side, write all the evidence that proves it will be “too hard”. On the right hand side, write all the evidence that it won’t be hard. Then go through the list on the left and look for solutions for everything you wrote. If you need a friend to support you, get one. If you need to join a group, do it. If you need to try something new because the others haven’t worked, do it!
Remember this; you only need to tackle one thing at a time. You don’t need to be overwhelmed by doing everything on Day 1. Just do what you can do. When you are comfortable with that, add the next thing. By doing this exercise, you will have learnt a new way to deal with life’s little lessons and it can help you every time you hit a hurdle.
You CAN do this. Believe it, embrace it …. and then go and shock yourself by achieving it!