Think Yourself Thin!
Losing weight has everything to do with the mind. If you think you look good, you will feel good and if you feel good, you're more likely to treat your body with respect. You won't want to do things that will hurt your body, like binge eating on sweets, cake and chocolates.
When we are overweight we always do the opposite to what we should: we tell ourselves how ugly and disgusting we are. This leads us exactly where we shouldn't be going ... to the fridge. We feel sorry for ourselves and so seek comfort in food, this just makes the original problem worse. And so the cycle continues...
If this is something you often find yourself doing, try doing the following visualization at least once a day when you have a moment to yourself:
Sit or lie down in a quiet spot. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing: breath in deeply, and exhale totally. Feel your body relaxing. Now picture yourself getting ready in the morning. You get out of bed feeling light and full of energy. You go to your wardrobe and select your favourite outfit (perhaps one that you haven't been able to fit into for a while). You put it on and it fits you perfectly. You go over to your full-length mirror and look at yourself from each angle. You like the way you look and feel. You feel confident and in control. Continue with your morning routine: putting on your make-up, doing your hair. Now take one last look at yourself in the mirror. Take a deep breath and exhale, then slowly make your way to the front door, keeping those feelings of confidence and control as you walk... [take a moment to enjoy the way you feel]
Now slowly start becoming more aware of your surroundings and where you are sitting or lying. Open your eyes, keeping that confident feeling with you. And as you continue with your day, remember how it felt to like yourself and be in control.
The more you do this visualization, the more you will actually start to believe it. The more you start to like yourself, the more you'll want to treat your body with respect. And so the cycle continues...
By Bronwyn de Klerk