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We all have our reasons why we hold onto those few extra pounds. Perhaps the weight protects you from going after your wildest dreams or maybe you do not have enough time to dedicate to the cause. However strong your reason is, you can get past it and lose that weight. As a life coach that specializes in weight loss, I have heard everything in the book. I have also helped tons of individuals shed their reasons and move forward into living healthy lives. Here are the three main reasons that are keeping you from losing weight and living a life you deserve.
Reason #1: Excuses Excuses are the biggest reason why people get stuck in a world of being overweight and unhappy. I have heard excuses that range from “I do not love myself enough to lose weight,” to “Putting myself first makes me feel selfish.” Whatever your excuse is, I have a hunch that you actually believe it. Know this: Your excuses are not true and they are taking you away from living a life of truth. The quicker you rid yourself of them, the sooner you can start taking the steps you have been longing for.
Action Plan: Make a list of all of the excuses why you have held onto the extra weight. Dig deep here. Bring every single excuse to the surface and examine why you held onto that thought for so long. The next time this excuse comes up you know that it is just an excuse and it holds no real meaning. Let the excuse go and before you know it, you’ve proved that excuse wrong.
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Reason #2: Security If you have ever said something along the lines of, “I will start to date once I lose 15 pounds,” or “I will be happy once I lose weight,” then you are using your weight as a security blanket. You are choosing not to live your life until you look different. Start living your life right now! When you allow yourself to do the things that you thought only your “skinny self” could do, you are proving to yourself that you do not deserve happiness right now and riding yourself the opportunity to live in the present. When you allow yourself to live your life right now, the exact way that you are, you will be surprised what happens to your waistline.
Action Plan: Jot down all of the things that you are waiting to do until you are at your ideal weight. Choose one thing on your list and do it this week. Rock your dreams at any weight and show yourself that happiness is not dependent on your pant size!
Reason #3: Fear There are a few different types of fear that can accompany weight loss; fear of making yourself a priority, fear of changing your lifestyle, fear of starvation, fear of working out and fear of being comfortable with oneself. Whatever type of fear you can identify with, know that once you start working on whatever scares you, the fear will subside. Remember how terrifying it was the first time you dove off a diving board? Then you dove, survived, and did it again one hundred more times that day. Fear can be paralyzing and can keep you from moving for years, or perhaps a lifetime. Do not just wait for the fear to go away, work through it.
Action Plan: Identify your fearful thoughts. Once you have done that, ask yourself these genius questions by Byron Katie, “Is this thought true? Can you absolutely know that this thought is true? How do you react when you think this thought? Who would you be without this thought?” Once you put the fears out in the open, they hold less power in your mind. Bonus: write down a thought that feels truer than your crappy fearful thought. Set a daily reminder in your calendar with the new and improved thought and watch how your energy shifts.
These three main mental blocks come up time and time again. They can manifest as a reality in your mind for a long time and convince you of a lot of untrue things. Once you have worked through these things, start making changes slowly. Do not shoot out of a cannon and make 100 changes to your life in one week, it’s not sustainable. Just ask anyone who has cut out all carbs or tried to work out every morning at 5:00 a.m. Start with small goals and once you have mastered those, move onto the next. When it feels too hard to continue, take a break for one day. Pick up wherever you left off the following day and find peace in knowing that you will get there.
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