Limiting beliefs - don't allow them to get in the way of what you truly want to achieve
In the past, you may have tried many times to achieve your ideal weight and fitness goals. What usually tends to happen when you embark on a new diet is that you start out feeling motivated, you've told yourself off for being useless and started a strict new regime. You may set off well, achieving initial weight loss, however pretty soon you reach a plateau, maybe you get your period, have a wedding to attend, feel bored or hungry or get massive cravings, and then suddenly you 'drop off the wagon'. Soon you re-gain all the weight you lost (maybe more), you return to unhealthy ways of eating and then declare that nothing works. You may have told yourself that you cannot change, that things will always be this way and that change is too difficult. Does this sound familiar?
There may be a part of you that is keeping you "stuck" because you are actually afraid of failure and this is what has repeatedly happened in the past. Everyone has a fear of disappointment but what you must remember is that the way things have been in the past is not the way things will be in future. Also ask yourself: are you setting your targets too high? Instead of punishing yourself as a failure, maybe you're just getting feedback that highly restrictive diets don't work.
So from this day forward I encourage you to try something new - be kind to yourself - imagine you are your own best friend!
On my nutrition and coaching programme, I encourage my clients to get rid of the word 'diet' and to start eating optimally so that their body and mind are fully satisfied with regular meals and snacks, all the vitamins, minerals and good fats that they need for superhealth - nutritious as well as delicious! For the first time they start to nurture their bodies and benefit from renewed vitality, clarity of mind and boundless energy that is theirs in return. And the weight loss is a side effect.
The reality is that losing body fat is a slow process and once this is accepted and you allow yourself to relax, eat well and get rid of all that negativity, you are onto a winner!
So I ask you to look at weight loss from a new prospective - imagine you are now preparing yourself properly, you have new knowledge, you have new tools and you have committed to a tried and tested method with continuity and focus. This time it is different and you can use the tools you will be given to ensure you get the body that's right for you, not the scales or magazine models.
So to help you with this changing attitude, have a think about any limiting beliefs that have not served you well in the past and write them down. Then using the examples shown below, change these limiting beliefs into empowering alternative statements that will serve you better to make the change you want. Here are some common examples:
Limiting belief and empowering alternatives:
" I tried everything and nothing works" could become "the diets I did in the past didn't suit me, this time I have a great plan to follow, I know I can change anything if I commit to it"
"dieting is so dull" could become "I am not on a diet, I am choosing to eat healthily and the food is quite delicious, I'm not depriving myself at all"
"this is too difficult, I haven't got time" could become "I really want to feel fit and healthy and I will create the time to put myself top of my agenda"
"all my family struggle with their weight" could become "I won't let a lifetime of bad eating habits keep me this way, I will find out how to eat healthily and bring about the change I want"
"I can't be bothered to exercise" could become "the joy and vitality I feel when I get moving is irreplaceable"
Remember a limiting belief is just that - a belief - it has no foundation in reality. Every time you come up with a negative reason for spoiling your good efforts - stop and immediately replace it with an empowering alternative that will get you back on track. Eventually you will create new habits and those old beliefs will have faded into the past, no longer something you allow to get in the way of your success.
Good luck and let me know how you get on!