If you’ve ever tried to lose weight and keep it off, you probably figured out that there is more to weight loss than eating right and exercise. Most of the battle is actually between your ears. But, no, this post is not about positive thinking, although that is also vitally important, this is about a slightly different mental technique.
Rehabilitate Your Word
What is rehabilitating your word? Rehabilitating your word means to make it so you actually start believing what you tell yourself again. What typically happens with a lot of habit change endeavors is that we make mental promises to ourselves about making some grand change to our lifestyle, in this case about eating better and exercising more, and we fail to fulfill the promise we make to ourself.
Usually this happens repeatedly over time. After a while, our subconscious comes to not believe our own word and so it becomes an almost guaranteed failure the next time and the next time after that.
How do you do it?
You can rehabilitate your word by first making a to-do list. Put down everything that needs to be done in your life. Make sure to include lots of small, easy-to-do items. Then each day you pick five items from the list and do them. Make sure you pick the things that you actually will do and be sure to do them.
If you don’t do them, you will be reinforcing the non-believing of your word instead of the rehabilitating of it. Over time, if you do the five things on your to-do list faithfully, your subconscious will start believing your word again and then when you tell yourself you are going to the gym to workout, you will be much more likely to actually do it.
Could you use the help of a weight loss coach?
This is just one of the weight loss techniques that I use in my weight loss coaching program. Perhaps you could use the help of a coach in your weight loss efforts. If so, contact me, Cheryl, for a free consultation.
I give credit for this wonderful idea to Jonny Bowden, the nationally recognized and respected nutritionist, whom I was trained under as a Certified Weight Loss Coach. Comments always welcome.