Self doubts & Self sabotage - gathering tools ahead of time!

Thursday, September 03, 2009

How do you stay focused on the goals you have accomplished, as opposed to looking ahead to the very long road that is left for you to travel?

I thought about that this morning. I did my weekly weigh-in to find I have lost another pound, which makes it a total of 19lbs so far (yay! I’m very happy!) THEN … silly me … starting to think about all the pounds I have left to lose. Not that I see myself quitting this journey any time soon, I’m really enjoying this healthy lifestyle I’ve adapted to lately and it hardly feels like a diet at all. It’s just that when I start to think about the journey AHEAD, I feel my mind starting to waver, I feel that smidge of self doubt setting in, knowing very well that I’ve failed before and “what is it that’ll keep me going all the way this time?” and I have to pull my mind back from that dark place and keep it on track & keep focused on my achievements so far.

I’ve also been enlightened to the “self sabotage” issue that many overweight people encounter, and I’ve discovered that this is something I’ve done to myself a lot. I’m used to being invisible, I’ve enjoyed being invisible for a really big part of my life, for various reasons that will take way too long to discuss in a blog, and it’s like I get scared when I start shaping up & start receiving attention for it.
So I keep that in mind as well. It’s not unlikely that this self sabotage plot is what is trying to kick in here but I won’t let it defeat me this time.
No more sabotaging myself, keep on moving forward.

How does everyone keep themselves on track? How do you focus on your achievements and not letting the multitude of pounds that are left to lose get you down in the dumps? How do you keep from self sabotaging (for those of you who have issues with that?)

Well … I’m still on track. I can’t say I’ve ever been on track for this long and this religiously with something that doesn’t even feel like dieting… I don’t feel like I’m missing out on any food, I don’t miss the chips and the cakes and the fats & sugars I used to put into my body. When I look at fast food commercials, all I see is the grease shine coating the burgers and I don’t want it. So I’m doing good, I just want to gather some tools for the future, for when those self doubting thoughts and self sabotaging urges set in.

Have a great day everyone! You’re all doing wonderful!
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    Great idea to think about what I do NOT want to see myself like 1 year from now! hehe Thanks for the suggestions, I appreciate any mind trick ideas to keep on trucking forward! :)
    3091 days ago

    I think you've identified some really key issues that a lot of people have. I tend to set really small goals for myself (go on a run today, drink another glass of water, not order dessert) and then celebrate those. I like to feel proud of myself, so i let that out way the hard work of weightloss. I always start thinking, if I had done this a year ago I would already be at my weight, then those pictures wouldn't exist, or I would have bought clothes in ___ size. Then i remind myself that I could be saying the same thing a year from now, so Carpi Diem!
    3092 days ago
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