3 Easy Steps to Emotionally Prepare yourself for Weight Loss
Posted by Catherine Morgan on October 17, 2008
When you’re ready to start a diet, knowing how much weight you want to lose, and what foods to avoid, is important. But, even more important, is preparing yourself emotionally for your diet. Most of us gain weight because of emotional eating, and when we try to diet, those emotions don’t go away. So, how do you prepare yourself “emotionally” for weight loss? Here are 3 tips that might help.
For the record, I really don’t like the word “dieting”, it sounds too much like the word “depriving,” and it feels too much like it too. So, when I say dieting, I really mean, eating healthy for your body. I don’t believe in fad or radical diet plans. Eat healthy and avoid junk food, that’s the best diet around.
That said…Here are the 3 STEPS TO GET STARTED ON YOUR DIET:
STEP 1 — YOUR GOALS
Take some time to think about your goals.
The night before you want to begin your diet, go to bed a few minutes early. Get comfortable and let go of any thoughts running through your head. Then close your eyes and start thinking about the foods you are going to eat the next day (healthy foods), and think about the foods you are not going to eat (unhealthy foods). Think about your goal weight, how you will look, how you will feel. Do this for about five minutes or so. That’s not too hard?
STEP 2 — YOUR FEELINGS
Take some time to think about how you will feel when you reach your goals.
After a few minutes of step 1, begin to think about how you will feel after a week of eating healthy and being on your way to your goal weight. You want to have a clear picture in your mind how you will feel when you are successful. The more you think about how your success will make you feel the better.
Since our thoughts are directly related to how we feel, and how we feel is directly related to our eating habits…You can see why it is so important to focus on what you are thinking at this critical point of your diet plan. For more on this check out the post – How changing your belief system can change your life
STEP 3 — PRETENDING
Telling yourself you are already successful. Pretend. This is also known as, faking it, till you make it.
Next, after another few minutes, just add into your thoughts the idea that you are already at that place. That you are already successful. That it has been a week, and you are feeling great. It has been a week and now looking back you can see it wasn’t as hard as you thought it would be. You feel proud of yourself, and feel confident that you will be able to continue your healthy eating habits for at least another week. Even though you will know that you haven’t actually been on your diet for a week yet, believe it or not…Your thoughts will translate into feelings, and your feelings will help you create a sense of success.
The biggest stumbling block with a diet, is getting past those first few days. Getting motivated to start a diet is easy, staying motivated is the problem. I found that the best way to stay motivated is to get over the proverbial “hump” – those first few days on your diet. The days that if you can’t get passed, are the sole reason 99% of us will just give up, and consider ourselves a failure at our diet, before we even have a chance to get stared. That is what STEP 3 is all about, pretend you are already over the hump.
Now you are all ready to start your diet. When you wake up in the morning, know you have already been successful, now you just have to continue your success by continuing to eat healthy. It’s easy now, because you know you can do it. Keep yourself motivated with your feelings of accomplishment. Take one day at a time. And each night reflect on your success. Most of all. If you falter, it is not a failure…Just begin at step one, and get back on the wagon as soon as possible.
“Every Though We This Is Creating Our Future.” — Louise L. Hay