By Eren Mckay
Filed under Health and Beauty Tips
I don’t know about all of you guys but, to me the most difficult time to remain on my diet is nighttime.
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Sometimes I’ve been working all day long and then I finally get a few moments at night to rest. That’s the moment when I’m like “Ooooh I just would looove to eat this or that!” My mind starts to race and I can just see images of food flashing through my brain.
All these thoughts start coming. Then to make matters worse, somebody on T.V. starts talking about food! (Like I don’t already have enough to battle with my own desires !)
Not that I don’t like hearing about food. Actually I love eating it, smelling it, touching it . The thing is, I need to be careful to only be thinking about food once in a while- definitely not when I’m trying to focus on losing weight.
Here’s an illustration of what ends up happening inside my head:
On the one side I hear myself saying
(the bad me)
- “Oh there’s no problem with eating just a little more of this…Just a little teensie bit more” I say.
Then I catch myself and find that I’m going down the wrong thinking pattern and I say:
(the good me)
- “No Eren, you can’t eat that! If you add up all of these little bits here and there that will end up becoming one BIG chunk of calories and you won’t achieve your weight loss goals. Stop Eren. Stop! You’ve already eaten all the calories for this day.”
So you’d think that by this time I would have convinced myself to NOT eat outside the amount that I should, right?
Well…think again because somehow I manage to come back with another thought:
(the bad me)
- “Oh but you deserve to eat a little more. You’re tired and need to rest.”
It’s truly amazing how we can set ourselves up for failure when we aren’t determined to change a habit.
The whole notion of “deserving to eat” is based upon a false precept that overeating is some kind of reward for all the hard work in other areas of our lives.
The fact is that when this internal battle starts going on, I stop everything I’m doing and focus on destroying all the excuses and so-called reasons for overeating. If I don’t consciously stop and redirect my thoughts, the wrong thinking patterns end up winning and take over my will power.
This reminds me of a Bible verse that talks about the internal battle that happens to all of us. This verse talks about us casting down all wrong thinking. It refers to it as a warfare and to tell you the truth that’s exactly what it feels like- an internal war. If you’ve ever tried to lose weight you know exactly what I’m talking about. This tug of war is a constant battle that seems to never end.
Here’s the verse that I was talking about:
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
In order to be a winner in this battle I really have to stop and regroup my thoughts. And believe me, when I’ve done this it HAS worked. It’s taken me two years but I achieved my weight loss goal of losing 70 pounds.
What is the top priority in your weight loss journey?
All of the actions that you take towards achieving your weight loss goals need to stem from an internal motivational strength.
So many times people focus on all of these details. They think that there is a magic food or pill that will solve all of their issues. The fact remains that losing weight is a huge accomplishment. Maintaining that weight loss is even bigger.
In order to achieve anything the motivation has to be high. Or else when the difficult moments arise you’ll feel like giving up.
I want to challenge you to focus on keeping that energy way up there. Keep it really high.
Every time I maintain my motivation and place it as a TOP priority, I’m able to overcome and achieve my weight loss goals. It’s all about what goes on inside of our hearts.
Here are my top 3 motivational tips to help you in your weight loss journey
1- Remember the reasons why… Make sure you have high levels of motivation by remembering all of the reasons why you are losing weight.
How can you keep those reasons top of mind?
a) Write out a list of these reasons. Keep them somewhere visible where you can always be reminded. If you believe in the Bible, you can also meditate on these encouraging Bible verses. Make it a part of your routine to think about your motivators.
b) Keep a journal and write about these motivators. Write about whatever you personally need help overcoming on each specific day. A journal will also help you work out any negative thoughts that come your way and you can shoo them off them as you go.
2- Protect your emotional life so that this level of inspiration does not go down. By this I mean – don’t listen to “nay sayers”. Avoid situations where there is a lot of negativity that can possibly throw “ice water” on your excitement. Avoid conversations with “know-it-alls” who will negate everything you discover or get excited about.
Be careful about what kinds of things that you allow yourself to watch and listen to. How many times have you watched a program to only find yourself completely unmotivated to keep going? If something is not helping you simply make the decision to not incorporate it into your life anymore.
Watch things that are really helpful and encouraging. Some examples of things to watch or listen to to keep you motivated are weight loss T.V. shows, weight loss podcasts and exercise DVDs. ( By the way Angie Newton from Losing it and Loving it did a very thorough review that you should check out on Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred workout videos.) Watching these kinds of videos will definitely help you keep moving.
What about you? What has worked for you in keeping yourself motivated? Do you have any tips that have been really helpful and could help others?
3- Catch yourself and redirect when going into a negative and wrong thinking pattern. I call this occurrence the “Wrong Thoughts Road”. Don’t let yourself go down that road.
Many times people don’t even notice that they have gone down this wrong thinking pattern. They don’t realize that there is an internal dialogue going on. The fact is that this is always happening and we need to be constantly vigilant to remain on the right road in our minds.
If our minds are under control then the rest will obey. When I’m internally strong you can put the most delicious cake in front of me and I won’t budge. Really – I wont. BUT- if I’m not strong that day – I’ll hunt the cake down!! LOL
It’s really difficult to ignore our desires when they start getting strong and throwing arguments into our minds. I know this because I’ve been there many times. You really have to nip it in the bud.
When desires for overeating start to spring up, stop and deal with that immediately.
We need to be attentively watching our hearts so that we are not fooled by our old fallen nature.
I totally admire my cousin who lost weight in the most difficult year of her life (her father had just passed away). She achieved great success with her weight loss. You can go see her before and after weight loss pictures here.
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