Do you find yourself giving up on your weight loss goals because you don’t look the way you want in that bathing suit? Do you binge at the barbecue because, at that moment, you decide that third plate of food is more important than reaching your ideal shape? Do you give in to the fast food cravings because it seems so much easier than having to make your own meal?
If you answered yes to any of these, or if they reminded you of other weaknesses, you’re probably suffering from weight loss sabotage. But, guess what? You’re not alone.
Your thoughts, and others’ comments, greatly influence your ability to stick with your weight loss goals. You won’t be able to see your goals through to success if you don’t believe in your ability to achieve.
From childhood to adulthood, weight loss sabotage is perhaps the biggest reason we either lose weight or don’t. The issue lies in the fact that you need to believe in yourself in order to achieve your weight loss goals.
What is Self-Sabotage?
When you experience overpowering feelings that knock you off balance, make choices that you know won’t help you meet your goals or listen to that inner voice that tells you to give up, you experience self-sabotage.
When you let yourself be driven by emotions you become a victim of self-sabotage.
I remember the intensely painful feelings that followed the realization that I had run out of belt holes. Anger built up inside of me until one day the shame hit me like a ton of bricks. I didn’t want to go up a pant or shirt size.
My emotions were taking me over. My weight influenced everything and I couldn’t keep myself from thinking about it throughout the day. I hated that I couldn’t see my feet over my large stomach. I felt huge and it infuriated me.
The Negativity Cycle
Month after month and year after year, I set goals to get me back into my ideal shirt and pant sizes.
I started off with the best intentions, but after only a short amount of time, I would fail. Depression followed my anger as I questioned why I couldn’t discipline myself.
The negative self-talk ate at me incessantly. I would call myself a loser as I told myself I was better than what I was doing. My internal berating went on for weeks until I found the courage to try another diet and begin the weight loss process all over again.
One day, I was talking with a colleague about a fellow employee who was self-sabotaging his success in our office. Though highly talented, intelligent, and capable, our colleague seemed to be losing his job on purpose.
Our conversation really hit home and I realized I had been self-sabotaging my own weight loss just like my colleague was sabotaging his career.
Weight Loss Begins and Ends in the Mind
I began studying a concept called The Toxic Brain and realized that self-sabotage played a key role. Those of us that are overweight and unhealthy carry a wide range of negative emotions that influence everyday behavior and self-control.
I learned that recognizing how and why we create self-sabotage within ourselves is key to stepping on the path toward correcting our unhealthy behaviors. When we tell ourselves that we’re going to fail, it’s self-fulfilling prophecy and, in the end, we’re going to fail.
Our ability to create lasting change begins in our minds. When you create a positive emotional environment in your mind, you’re much more capable of accomplishing your weight loss goals.
If you’d like to better understand how to create a positive emotional environment in your mind and overcome self-sabotage, read Think: Use Your Mind to Shrink Your Waistline.
This book will work as a tool and coach you in creating the right skills for stopping self-sabotage. You’ll learn to overcome the negative, weight-loss related emotions engrained in your brain since childhood. And when you learn how to overcome the negative, you open the door for a much more positive and successful weight loss experience.
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