I recently read an interview with the 41 year old Australian comedian and actress Rebel Wilson. She’s lost more than 75 pounds since 2020.
According to the interview, she decided she would embark on a year of health in 2020. She would drink more water and cut out sugar and junk food, walk more and make smarter food swaps.
I bring her to your attention not because I’m trying to suggest you follow her approach to food and exercise because, in fact, there are aspects of her approach I don’t teach. On purpose.
I mention her to highlight this: Wilson proclaimed that her only regret is not having embarked on this journey sooner.
She had lots of limiting beliefs that interfered with her ability to commit to losing weight.
And from personal experience, I know how limiting beliefs can undermine weight loss success. I had more than my fair share of limiting beliefs that stopped me dead in my tracks for years from ever even making the commitment to get started.
What about you?
Limiting beliefs exert the most power in two areas of weight loss in particular.
Those that stop us from getting started. And those that crop up in the messy middle when that initial burst of enthusiasm wanes and it’s harder to navigate the challenges that are sure to arise.
Let’s see what’s up with both of them and how to break up with any limiting beliefs that may be causing you trouble.
Limiting beliefs about losing weight that interfere with even starting to try.
- I’m too old to try again.
- My metabolism is broken from too many years of yo-yo dieting.
- It’s impossible to lose weight with my health issues.
- I’ve tried too many times.
- It’s so embarrassing to lose the weight and regain it.
- I can lose weight but I can’t keep it off so why bother.
- I’ve got to learn to accept myself just as I am and stop torturing myself to lose weight.
- I’m just big boned, big busted, big bootied….
- It’s in my genes. I’m just genetically destined to be overweight.
- I hate dieting.
- Dieting is form of disordered eating.
- The only way to lose weight is to starve yourself.
- You need to eat meals and snacks every few hours to stoke your metabolism.
- I’m a foodie.
- I love _________ [fill in the blank with your favorite food or foods] too much.
- You have to exercise regularly to lose weight.
- I hate exercise.
- I’m never joining a gym.
- It takes too much time and effort to lose weight.
- Better to be fat and happy than thin and miserable.
- Tomorrow is another day. I’ll start tomorrow. (And just when does THAT tomorrow come?)
- I’m too busy.
- There’s too much going on right now.
- Work is too stressful.
- I’ll get started when things slow down, settle down…
Any of these sound familiar to you? They certainly reflect many that I once had a habit of thinking.
No matter which thoughts are preventing you from beginning, remember this:
- The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.
- It’s never too late to become what you might have been.
- Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
And the biggie: All these thoughts are optional. Just because you’ve always thought them doesn’t mean you have to keep thinking them. There is a way out of the this habitual thought maze.
And what about those limiting beliefs that undermine your progress when you hit the messy middle?
Which of these limiting beliefs resonate with you when your initial enthusiasm fades and your motivation wavers.
- This is way too hard.
- I’m tired of depriving myself.
- All I do is think about what I’m going to eat next and that’s exhausting.
- I want what I want when I want it.
- I just want to eat like a normal person.
- Life is short, eat dessert first.
- I blew it. Might as well eat whatever I want today.
- I can’t do this anymore.
- This is totally stressing me out.
- This isn’t happening fast enough.
- I’ve hit a plateau that I can’t break it.
- I guess it’s time to give up, again.
It’s time to break up with your limiting beliefs about weight loss.
Like I wrote last week, you don’t need a diet to lose weight. Diets are temporary fixes that can damage your metabolism and set you up for another yo-yo weight loss misadventure.
You need to re-calibrate your thinking instead. What you need is a thought overhaul.
You need to develop a habit of intentional thinking to form the foundation of your unique weight loss strategy.
Read or reread last week’s post to refresh your memory about how to practice new thoughts. No diet in the world can override your limiting beliefs. You need to develop a repertoire of thoughts that motivate and inspire you.
Breaking up with your limiting beliefs leaves the door wide open for new, more helpful thoughts that give you the stamina to persevere. That support all your efforts and focus your awareness on what you really want to achieve.
I structured my It’s Never Too Late Weight Loss Coaching program to help you discover those limiting beliefs that are sabotaging your weight loss efforts. I can help you create a foundation of new beliefs, equally realistic beliefs that support and lift you up.
Isn’t it time that you made use of the free Strategy Call I offer to find out more?
Start today! Learn how to create and fine-tune a whole new array of thoughts to make weight loss easier than you ever imagined.
Banish those limiting beliefs and create a new approach to thinking about weight loss that really does inspire and motivate you.
Let me know you’re ready to get started by scheduling your free Strategy Call right here.
I’m looking forward to meeting you soon.
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