3 Steps to Believe in Yourself Again
Emotional eating is a tough nut to crack (unless it’s coated in chocolate, then it’s deliciously easy)
I’ve been underweight and I’ve been overweight; but at no weight was I happy.
At my heaviest, I weighed somewhere in the range of 75 to 79 kilos (I stopped weighing myself after 75kg because if I refuse to look at it, it’s not real… isn’t that how it works?)
At my lowest weight, I was around 45 kilos (picture an anorexic looking grasshopper and you’ll have a pretty accurate image of what I looked like)
The thing was… regardless of how much or how little I weighed, I was still unhappy with myself.
You see, it didn’t matter what size my booty was, my universe still revolved around food. From the moment my eyes popped open in the morning until I crawled into bed at night, I was obsessed with what I wanted to eat, and how to avoid eating it.
The panic I felt at the mere thought of being presented with a food that was not on my drill sergeant list of “allowed foods” for that day was suffocating. Many a coffee date with friends was declined because I just KNEW that once those cream puffs hit the table, there was no going back.
Many of my clients say it feels like I’m in their head, and the truth is… I am!
I KNOW what it’s like to be the girl who prays nightly to the Twinkie god to plueeeease invent a chocolate that shrinks my booty instead of expands it.
I KNOW what it’s like to be too embarrassed to go to the gym because you think everyone is FOR SURE going to drop their dumbbells and point and stare.
But hold tight…
I’m about to give you three ways to start believing in yourself again and some of them just might surprise you…
1. TRUST YOUR BODY
Sounds absurd, right? Trust my body?! How can I do that when it is constantly plotting AGAINST ME??!!
Okay, let’s just calm the Cadbury Dairy Milk farm and look at this realistically… this is your body we’re talking about here. Not a zombie invader from out of space… your BODY. It’s not plotting against you. Its only job is to work for you. Do you have to remind your heart to beat? Your lungs to breathe? No, you say? What a shocker. Your body will always, always, ALWAYS tell you what it wants to eat and when to eat it. Your only job is to tune in and listen.
I know, I know… YOU think your body wants jelly donuts and ice cream. Actually, it doesn’t. That’s not your body talking, that’s your overly enthusiastic mind. Your body doesn’t really want jelly donuts and ice cream. Your body wants nourishment on every level, not a “wham, bam, thank you M’am” quick fix that leaves you making the walk of shame to your bedroom each night.
If you find yourself skulking away from another binge session, then it’s a pretty good indication you were listening to the wrong voice in your head.
2. OPEN UP TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Just because your best friend, someone on TV, the neighbours dog, dropped a fast 5 kilos on the latest fad diet doesn’t mean it’s a smart idea for YOU. Firstly, diet’s lead to binges and binges lead to diets which does NOT help you in the self belief department, and secondly; a diet is not a magic wand. It’s just a list of foods that helped one person lose weight. It worked for their body, their metabolism, their emotional and physical needs.
So, unless you are a freakish carbon copy of them, it’s crazy to think that what worked for one will work for all. Be open to consider that maybe, just maybe, requires it’s own uniquely beautiful way of eating, which leads me to point number 3…
3. THIS IS MY SECRET WEAPON
If you want to succeed in any area of your life, you are going to need to know the Five P’s (and no, they are not the number of times you should go to the bathroom each day). I talk about the Five P’s in my book, Five Minute Fat Loss Secrets, but here’s the “secret sauce”… Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.
What does this mean? It means that if you want to start believing in yourself again, you’re going to need acting like you do!
I NEVER leave the house without throwing some snacks in my bag for the journey. Why? Because by having some food choices available that you actually like, you immediately reduce the chances of making poor food choices when it’s 3pm and your stomach is making more noise than Katie Perry concert. Poor food choices arise when we’re starving hungry. The hungrier you get, the higher the chance that you’ll devour the first french fry that crosses your path.
What do I pack? Whatever my body is craving that day? Some of my faves are:
- Green Smoothies
- No Bake Apricot Delight
- Small containers of nuts, dried berries and dark chocolate
- Fresh fruit
- Bounty Bites
By making sure you are always prepped, you can relax knowing that no matter what the day brings, you won’t be left starving hungry (binge scenario #1) or feeling deprived (binge scenario #2).
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