The fact that you are reading this probably means that previous strategies have been unsuccessful. Am I right?
-Did you lose 20 pounds on the ‘urine and sardine diet’ then put it all back on after your pet cat died?
-Did you drop 2 dress sizes in one summer on the “tomato skin Einstein, diet” then ended up even fatter after the next Christmas and New Year?
Is there a particular diet that is your favorite? Because you are allowed to still eat a little chocolate? Because it was the only one that has ‘worked’ at all?
Don’t go back and try a failed strategy again.
That was Einstein’s definition of insanity, “Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result”.
Trust me, if this diet that you have in mind was going to work for you it would have worked last time. A dead cat or Christmas wouldn’t have foiled it.
When you realize the real reasons for your obesity, then take corrective measures that work, you will experience a sense of relief. That you have finally ‘cracked it’. The positive feedback loops of increased confidence, vitality, energy levels and self-esteem will be its own reward. These things will keep you strong. The realization that you don’t have to experience cravings and hunger pangs to become slim!
If you had taken action that would have lead to real lasting change that summer when you dropped 2 dress sizes … You wouldn’t have blown it over Christmas. You would have been a different person, with a different sized appetite. With different preferences in food choices.
You wouldn’t have gorged yourself until you felt sick … and guilty for doing so.
If the diet had worked, you would have thought differently to a fat person, you would have confidently made better choices. You would have been proud to turn away second helpings as others stuffed their faces. Instead of peer pressure, you would have had a boost from pushing your plate away when you had eaten enough. You will have been thinking like a slim healthy person, not a fatty with no self-control.
Problems such as stress or bereavement don’t have to lead to weight gain. There will always be temptations and advertising by those who want you to be fat. Whatever problems you have, whatever temptations you come across, being obese just makes life harder.
Like Barbra Streisand said, “Its better to arrive at your problems in a limousine”
“Its better to meet life’s temptations and challenges as a fit, healthy, sharp minded and attractive person”
So, back to the original point. Don’t go back, go forward.
This means when you truly decide to be a new person and change your life… Don’t go back to past failures and bad habits.
The old diet didn’t work, ditch it. Along with your membership to the pie eaters club, or the fatty fake positivity support group, there will be the same chubby faces there.
Note: Please do not be offended at the words ‘fatty’ or ‘chubby faces’. I am using these words deliberately. Not to try to upset anyone, but as a form of mental conditioning. If you think in terms of cute, cuddly or curvy then you are attaching good feelings to your problems.
You need to attach negative feelings to the habits that you want to change.
It is after the ex-smoker decides that smoking is a ‘disgusting, filthy habit’ that he or she will never smoke again… Got it?… Fatty?
Good, lets move on…