Honestly taking stock of your current eating patterns can help you you with your weight loss goals. Last Sunday I wrote about What You’re Up Against when you try to lose weight. Are you willing to admit to your present unhealthy eating habits? Are you willing to change?
Journaling is a free and fun method of learning more about yourself and uncovering the underlying reasons why you do what you do. Think of it as peeling an onion—the deeper you go, the better the substance—and yes, there could be tears, but the good kind. The kind that signify you are getting at some core truths. Of course, your results will only be useful to the degree you are honest with yourself. Throughout this book you’ll find lots of suggestions for journaling topics, all designed to help you dig down to your true feelings about yourself, how you got to this weight, why you stay there, what will motivate you to change, your feelings about food and so on. I guarantee it will be a fascinating journey! If you are a visual person, consider buying a special blank book to use and colorful pens, etc. to make the process more fun. Some people find it helps to set aside regular times to journal—early in the morning or late at night often work well. Or how about during your lunch hour—instead of dessert?
Take a few minutes to get real with yourself and consider
1. How many times in the last 30 days have you over-indulged during a restaurant meal or gulped junk food from a fast food joint?
2. How many separate items of obviously unhealthy food currently lurk in your house, car, desk and anywhere else you’ve hidden it?
It’s important to honestly confront and admit your current eating patterns before you approach any process of change. Documenting your present reality will also be useful when you compare your progress in the months ahead.
One client, Christine reported back to me after doing this exercise. “Even though I had already started buying some healthier foods and thought I was doing okay, I was shocked at how many items of worthless nutritional value I had stashed in my cupboards. I had convinced myself that because I bought them in a health food store, my lemon cookies were healthful. And I even had treats stuffed into the glove compartment in my car. I guess I really do still eat a lot of crappy food!”
How much crappy food do you have stuffed in your home, car and office? Are you willing to be honest with your self about your relationship with food? What other unhealthy behaviors do you engage in that result in unhealthy eating? Are you willing to take stock of your life? Change can be challenging, especially with weight loss. Be honest with yourself.
Your Hypnosis Health Info Hypnotic Suggestion for today:
I am honest with myself.
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