Stay off the weighing scales.
Yes. I know. You probably expected me to encourage you to measure every ounce of progress and perform cartwheels of joy as each pound slipped away!
But those pesky weighing scales can be a potent source of tension, even an obsession, and it would be better to ignore them for a while. The place I’d like you to notice the changes will be in your clothes. Let your waist size be your guide for now. Eliminating belly fat can be particularly satisfying as you bring your weight naturally under control and your dress or trouser size will certainly tell you how well you’re doing. Feeling energised and having more stamina and endurance are equally important ways of measuring your progress. So don’t worry about the weighing scales. Focus on your goal and that new, stunning, healthy and trim image of how you plan to be.
- Building The Ideal Vision Of Yourself
- Learning To Smile
- Creating Your Personal Power Mantra
- Using Your Posture
- Stay Off The Scales – Check Your Waistband!
Time for you to break free from all the bad stuff
Most of our lives are experienced through habits. Habits make life easier because they save us from having to make unnecessary, repetitive decisions. We don’t have to re-learn important and sometimes critical lessons because the information becomes ingrained in our habits and into our view of the world. So we learn to respond to the environment around us with a set of programmed responses. These are habits.
Many habits are deeply associated either with pain or with pleasure. We avoid things that might be unpleasant and pursue experiences that we associate with pleasure. Sometimes the message gets confused. The things that can seem to be pleasurable – like smoking, alcohol, drugs, the wrong food – are harming us. But can we change those habits and conditioned responses?
The latest research in the field of cognitive behaviour suggests that we most certainly can. We know that some habits are a product of chemical addictions, a dependence on substances that create powerful urges in our bodies and demand instant satisfaction.
We’re going to take a look at those substances shortly. But one of the reasons why re-hab fails so often to ‘cure’ people of their addictions is that the individual must want to be free of the addiction in the first place.
Learn to recognise that much of your behaviour has been learned at some earlier point in your life, usually during the formative years of early childhood. You are not those habits and those habits are not permanent. They can be changed and adapted to work for you rather than against you. You are not your habits. Remember – you are so much more than the sum total of your behaviours
Learn to identify the kind of motivation that works for you.
Having the right motivation can make the world of difference to your plans for success and finding that motivation is a key element in changing our habits, developing new behaviours and building the foundations for complete wellness.
Ask any dieter and they’ll tell you that the moment of temptation peaks when the refrigerator door opens or when the dessert trolley is wheeled into view! The latest research in cognitive behaviour suggests that the problem is not in the temptation itself but in how the mind perceives the object of desire.
It seems that the prefrontal cortex, when engaged to deal with any source of temptation, can be incredibly creative in offering different ways of perceiving the source of the challenge. This diminishes the urge to give in and indulge the craving. It does not require some superhuman effort of will. It requires practice, persistence and a degree of determination. Yes, I know. These ideas do not resonate very easily in an age of instant gratification. If we’re being brutally objective, it seems that our culture has lost touch with the concepts of self discipline, self control and self mastery.