When you haven’t succeeded at your weight loss goals, it can be hard to believe the next thing will work long-term. All the dieting, the workouts, the special supplements that promised the weight would “fall right off you” but didn’t — it builds a mental resistance.
Maybe you’ve had thoughts like this:
“Sure, that’ll work – for a while.”
“Realistically speaking, I can’t say it will last because I have no track record for making it last.”
Or: “At least it will get me through this event, and that’s what matters.”
I get it. I’m the 40-Year Diet Yo-Yo girl. I said all those things myself.
But What If —
Now, however, I’m almost to my 8th Trimaversary. Part of what got me there –and keeps me there – is daring to believe something different and reinforcing that belief by making good choices.
Yes, it can be hard to believe in yourself when you haven’t proven it. What will you allow yourself to believe long enough to find out?
You’ve probably had an experience in the past where a belief you’ve held for a long time changed instantaneously because you got some new information. Or maybe you never believed you could possibly do something.
When my husband suggested I get into speaking so I could help more people, I didn’t think I had it in me. I’m an introvert, and I’ve been known to jumble my words. Sure, I could do small groups, but stand in front of hundreds of people? I said, “Love, I’m never going to be a speaker.”
Nine months later, I was standing on stage in front of hundreds of people, legs shaking, doing a TEDx Talk. I didn’t know I could do that. I couldn’t even fathom how that would change things for me in what I believed I could do. Sometimes, we don’t know what we can do until we do it.
More is Possible Than We Think
I didn’t know it was possible for me to lose the weight and keep it off for even a month or two. It’s almost 8 years later. I’m knocking on the door of my late fifties, and my weight is steady.
Can it work long-term for you? Yes.
You may need a little help figuring out what works for your body.
You may need to face and resolve some of your stuff so you don’t stuff your face.
Or you may also need to cultivate and believe in your best.
Most, you have to believe it’s possible. Then you can reinforce that belief with good choices, and guess what happens — You prove it to yourself. Wouldn’t that be cool?