If you feel just one obstacle is getting in the way of your losing weight, think about this: what if that one obstacle (addicted to snacking for example) was eliminated? Do you really feel,”if only I could stop this, I will no doubt reach my goal,” or is this an easy reason to stay stuck. If I told you how you can stop craving snacks would you listen? Give that some thought. Shut your eyes and think about that. You said if you didn’t crave smacks, you would see a smaller waist by losing weight. Is that really true? Ask yourself this: would you change your eating habits? how? Would you act in a different manner, what else would you do differently, and what wouldn’t you change? You would gain what? You would lose what? When you know what you want, and know you can attain it, and know what changes (how your life will change for example) you will find obstacles that you need to deal with.
Maybe you want to stop eating after 7PM for instance but your significant other doesn’t get in from work until after eight and he or she wants the eat dinner together. That’s an issue. Do you have a habit of eating ice cream or other sugary snacks while watching a movie? Well kicking the habit is another issue. You have to find ways to overcome your issues or they will continually be obstacles preventing you from doing what you have to do to get a smaller waist. Just telling yourself I’m going to stop these bad habits, hardly if ever works. Instead decide what stands in the way of you getting and maintaining a smaller waist, and find ways to defeat it. This way you will have greater success in actually achieving your goals in a more effective and permanent manner.
Telling yourself, “all I have to do is handle this one thing and everything else will work itself out.” Rarely works. You’re just wishing for things to get better. If you believe that snacking is your problem. You’re setting yourself up for failure. Especially if you love sugar. This is not an all or nothing situation. It’s very likely you will deviate and you must be prepared for that. It’s not sometimes slipping up that causes weight problems, it’s your usual routine.
One good exercise to start eliminating your bad habits (in this case snacking), is called forming the right outcome. “Right outcome”, meaning meeting all the measures of your desired outcome:
1. Tell yourself what you want (don’t think about what you don’t want). “I want a smaller waist.”
2. Ascertain if you can achieve it (do you feel it’s attainable?).
3. What tools do you have? what tools you need? (money, equipment, coaching, time,etc.)
4. Is there anyone in your day-to-day life that might get in the way? If so how will you deal with that?
5. Imagine how you would feel, think, and act was your goal is accomplished. Is this outcome what you desire?
6. Form an action plan for attaining your desired outcome.
Deciding what you want might seem like a lot of effort however, implement these steps first and you will see the obstacles that stand in your way, making it easier to eliminate or work around them. For example if you say to yourself you’re going to start going to a gym, but you just lost your job, and don’t have a car, that probably wouldn’t work out too well. If you went ahead and joined a gym, you would rarely attend, then you would think you have failed. But it wasn’t you that failed it was the plan. You didn’t think the whole thing through. In this case a better plan would be exercising at home, walking or running, or doing something within walking range. When the situation gets better, (you get a job a job and/or a car) you can reformulate the plan, and perhaps attend a gym then. You always have options.
The best way is to examine what you want from all angles, then form a plan you know will work. Then, not only will you know what you want, you will know that you can attain it as well. Then you will be much more prepared to take that first step in achieving a smaller waist or whatever goal you have set for yourself.