Mind Over Weight
A lot of women have trouble with weight loss because of the beliefs they have about body, food, and weight. Many of these beliefs were instilled during girlhood and early girlhood at that.
Girls, like all children are like little sponges that absorb EVERYTHING around them. Sometimes they don’t know they are absorbing things or what they are absorbing until much later in life.
It can be as simple as a girl becoming an over eater after being told “There are starving children in China make sure you clean your plate.”
It can also be an adult woman conditioned from childhood that any problem can be solved with a cookie who decides after years of being overweight to give up sugar completely, under the mistaken belief that there is good food and bad food.
Eating cake and other sweets is not something one should do every day, but to look at food as good or bad creates a mentality of deprivation that makes it much harder to lose weight.
Changing this mindset is essential if you are to have weight loss success. Dr. Alissa’s tips for changing your mindset are:
- Write down your entire history of weight gain and look for patterns of behavior that led to the weight gain. Dr. Alissa notes that, “It’s like a relationship, women have relationships with themselves and with their weight. I always ask how long have you been together.”
- Change your concept from weight to measurements that you can use to visualize your new body and add tangible things to your intention. If you want to become a size 10 buy a pair of size 10 non-stretchy jeans and try them on once a month to measure your progress for example.
- Examine your feelings about body, food, weight, and awareness of these 3 things. If you are stressed out it will be harder to lose the weight.
- Build up confidence around awareness of the fact that body and weight do fluctuate and that you are in control of what’s going on.
- Take responsibility for your body and food decisions and remember that acceptance of yourself and the change is a key element to your success.
Healthful Activities to Compliment the FitMind
With a FitMind set you are now ready to get those activities around your goal setting started. Where do you start? The beginning of course!
- Create an non-shifting goal that you clearly define and keep focused on it. A good goal is more result focused. Instead of saying, “I want to lose 85 pounds.” Say. “I want to be a size 10.”
- Design eating plans and food approaches that work with you not against you, remember a diet is food that you eat and not a weight loss method.
- Look for balance with moderation all foods can be good.
- Get support through your plateaus.
- Prepare food ahead of time so that the right food is ready for you at the right time.
- Monitor your Carbohydrates, especially refined ones.
- Eat plenty of protein and high fiber foods.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Keep Your Mindset under control.
- Don’t forget to do some physical activities.
Pulling It All Together
Weight loss is not just a physical issue, it’s a little bit like a onion that needs the layers pealed back. Much of weight loss success or failure depends on your mindset. If you change your beliefs about body, food, and weight you are more likely to reach success.
Dr. Alissa Gardenhire is a personal trainer and transformational weight loss coach at FitMind Coaching. Dr. Alissa also has her own inspirational weight loss story of losing 85 pounds during an 18-month period. I asked Dr. Alissa how she did it and she explained that weight loss is a mental game. If you bring your “A-Game” mindset you will bring “A-Game” results as well!
Dr. Alissa Gardenhire can be reached via her blog http://dralissa.wordpress.com and is happy to be your wisdom guide.