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Monday, 13 January 2020 11:11

Self-Sabotage

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Does the thought of “dieting” until you hit your goal, and then maintaining that goal weight FOREVER feel HUGE and overwhelming? We tend to think that if we are working on changing our body size, we will NEVER be able to eat some foods again. I’m here to tell you that’s just not true. During the year I lost 50 pounds, I had pizza - big, greasy, restaurant take-out pizza - nearly once a week, because my husband just wouldn’t live without it and I couldn’t have it in the house and not eat it.

Once I decided not to play Russian Scale Roulette, I was able to limit how much of the pizza I ate each week. I figured out how and when to eat during the day so that if we went out to dinner, I could make reasonable choices at the restaurant. But mostly, I decided that it was the worth the effort to engage in a little delayed gratification for having the ultimate satisfaction I was looking for.

We think that HUGE task of dieting and maintaining is so much harder than the instant gratification tasks. But that’s all inside our heads, and it’s more of an emotional perception than it is reality. The lifestyle change necessary to lose or gain weight starts in our heads and in our hearts. When we decide that we are capable and skilled, and when we decide to tap into our joy, the everyday choices of family time, work, rest, recreation diet, and exercise become second nature. It all flows in balance and harmony.

We have to look at our weight goals in the perspective of what really satisfies us. What do we want in the long run, and how do we want to feel each and every moment in the run up to the accomplishment of those goals?

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Betty Brink

Betty Brink is an expert on the mental and emotional aspects of dieting and body image. She is the author of "The Main Meal: The New Perspective on Weight Loss." In seminars, speeches, and consultations, she demonstrates practical methods to quiet the diet chatter, and to empower yourself to make conscious choices in diet, in life, and in relationships.

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