Become Your Future, Thinner You Today
Permanent weight loss isn't only about releasing pounds from your body. To keep weight off you also need to shift your identity and release old ways of seeing yourself. Here's a path to permanent weight loss to help you grow into the future, thinner you.
You Become Who You Think You Are
The greatest predictor of your weight loss success is how you perceive yourself. Yo-yo dieting is so common because even when we lose weight, if our self-image stays the same, the weight will return.
For example, if you eat all the right foods and exercise regularly but still think of yourself as an "overweight failure", your efforts will be blocked. You may harshly judge minor lapses as evidence that you've failed yet again. Chances are, you then lose motivation and give up.
But if you believe you can change, feel worthy of having what you want, and have confidence that you will reach your goals, your efforts will reflect your beliefs and you will succeed.
A Lighter Mind
As you release weight from your body, learn to also release the weight from your mind. Develop strategies to disregard those inner voices that are trying to hold you back. Have faith that you will change and begin to see yourself as someone who is capable of reaching her weight loss goals. Change your self-talk to transform negative thoughts about your body into loving self-acceptance.
Your Future, Thinner You
Open yourself to releasing weight not only to become thinner, but for the person you become in the process. When you picture yourself reaching your goal weight, imagine the other changes you also make. See yourself taking good care of your body. See yourself managing stress in ways other than turning to food. See yourself feeling confident and self-assured. See yourself setting healthy boundaries with your time and with other people. See yourself eating balanced, nutritious meals and moving your body to keep it physically strong.
Five Powerful Questions
Here's an exercise to help you connect with your Future, Thinner You today. Answer the following questions as if you've already reached your goal weight. You may find it helpful to actually close your eyes and visualize your responses:
1. How does your Future, Thinner You respect and honor her body?
2. What does your Future, Thinner You say to herself when she gets off-track?
3. How does your Future, Thinner You give her body exercise?
4. How does your Future, Thinner You effectively manage emotional eating triggers?
5. What inspires your Future, Thinner You to take good care of herself?
As you reflect on the questions above, you're already beginning to expand your self-image and create a positive vision for success.
Now, begin to live that vision. If you were your Future, Thinner You right now, what is one action step you can you take today that reflects your new, confident self-image?
Use your responses to the questions above as guideposts to keep you moving forward. As you follow the suggestions of your Future, Thinner You, you begin to release old ways of seeing yourself and adopt a more loving, confident self-image. This developing self-assurance will help you to release weight more easily and ensure that your results remain permanent.
What is one step you will take today to begin living as your Future, Thinner You right now?
Diane Petrella, MSW is a psychotherapist and life coach. She offers her clients a spiritual approach to weight loss and helps them develop a loving, respectful relationship with their bodies. Receive a free copy of Diane’s Seven Easy & Effortless Weight Loss Secrets by signing up for her monthly e-newsletter, Living Lightly, for spiritual insights and tips to release weight with confidence and love. To contact Diane directly visit her website.