4 Strategies to Shrink Your Waistline

9 08 2011

By De’Anna Nunez

Mind

Are you working out, making better food choices, and still challenged with losing weight? Do you get frustrated with too-slow-results and give up? You are not alone. Weight loss can be tough when you have not considered all of its hidden components.

Dropping pounds is more than the conscious choices you make. Diet programs such as meal replacement drinks, counting points, or even surgeries like gastric bypass and lapband, are absent of the most important factor that determines your long term success.

They may very well support you in learning improved nutrition, creating better skills, and exercising more, but the one element they do not teach you is the missing piece to your puzzle. Which is …Why do I have a weight problem?

What does the weight represent? Is it your excuse as to why you can’t do more in life? Is the extra weight the result of a bad divorce? Is it because your family is overweight, and you believe it is in your DNA?

Here are four questions to ask yourself that will put you in the winner’s circle, and assure your success.

With pen and paper, prepare  to journal. Before you begin, create an environment of quiet, and center yourself with a slow, deep breath. Close your eyes. Breathe in to full capacity and completely fill your lungs with air. Hold for three seconds at the top of your breath, then exhale with intention. Imagine the air exiting through your body and out your toes as you release your breath. Repeat three times. With each breath, say to yourself, ‘I am open to learning and understanding myself better.”

Begin with question one.

1: Why do I have a Weight Challenge?

Coaching:Look beyond the obvious answer, “I eat too many Krispy Kremes.” That kind of answer is just a symptom, not the root cause. The challenge is to be willing to look deep within. Be honest and vulnerable. Don’t fret, you are not being graded or judged. This is a process of connecting with your emotions. Close your eyes, speak to your emotions, and let your internal dialogue write the answer.

2: What is my Purpose for Holding on to the Extra Weight?

Coaching: Write down anything and everything that flashes on the walls of your mind. Do not try to make sense of your thoughts and analyze them at this point. Just let your pen write as an extension of your emotions.

3: How Does the Weight Serve me?

Coaching:  For some people, they may divulge, being overweight makes them less attractive so they don’t have to deal with their fear. Some may say, it’s a natural process of aging, and it becomes their excuse not be more active.

It is an answer unique to you. I encourage to be real with yourself. Open up to the learning experience. Answer the question from your heart and soul.

4: When can I Move on, and Fully Commit to Action?

Coaching:Give yourself a definitive answer. A specific date, or after you confront a specific emotion, person or situation in your life. Decide to recognize excuses for what they are, and deem yourself worthy.

These questions are not easy to answer. You may need to spend a few days or even week’s journaling. It is a process. Once you know your answers, you can move on to reconciling the real issues.
Knowing why you sabotage yourself is much more powerful than depending on your willpower to overcome an emergency moment.

Stay clear of frivolous attempts that your desperation steers you towards. Falling for weight loss marketing to lose 15 pounds in 20 days is not the way; merely a distraction from the truth. Trust that your ‘best body’ will be revealed as you courageously connect your mind-body-and-spirit.

If you are weathering the weight loss journey alone, or choosing a program or medical alternative, do not escape the opportunity to understand the root of your struggle. There is no quick fix. It is about you.

Every effort you put in to the self-realization process will come with great reward. That part of your journey cannot be bought or surgically manipulated. It is your piece to the puzzle that only you can contribute.

Continuing to read expert tips and information on nutrition and exercise is important to your success. It is education that will advance you to your goals, exponentially once your personal accountability has been determined.

Dare to bare the truth my friend, be brave. Go ahead…reveal your fit body.

De’Anna Nunez, Certified Hypnotherapist, Certified Nutrition Specialist, NLP Mental Coach and Marathoner. Founder of the Mind Body Fit Club Program, A Weight Loss Journey with Girlfriends.

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