Saturday, October 02, 2010
The 7 Secrets of Slim People
Several years ago I bought the book titled: “The 7 Secrets of Slim People.”
I hoped that by reading this book I would learn the ‘secrets’ to getting and staying thin.
I reasoned that if I acted like a thin person, I might become one. I already knew at that point that dieting doesn’t work – or at least, it doesn’t work for me! I was really looking for a saner way to lose the weight.
Well, reading the book didn’t change me – probably because I didn’t incorporate these “secrets” into a sustainable lifestyle. I just read the words on the pages and agreed that they made sense, they sounded good and they should help a person become thin.
So, today I pulled that book out again.
And today, the words seem to make more sense to me...especially after 3+ months of tracking my food and exercise, of reading articles daily on health and just changing my mindset to embrace the idea that it WILL take a lifestyle change in order for me to get healthier and stay that way.
I will read this book again. Only this time I will let each secret and each chapter sink in. Because this time, I want to start believing that I can become a slim person…now and not just someday in the future. This is my next personal challenge…to read this book and do the writing exercises.
I’d like to just share a list of those secrets with you today…if they get you thinking too, great! The book goes into way more detail on each secret and offers a lot of practical advice. It dedicates a week to each secret with some hands-on exercises that one can do to really make this material become part of a lifestyle.
Secret # 1. Listen to Your Body, Not Your Mind
Secret # 2. Eat With Awareness and Without Judgment
Secret # 3. Eat Only When You are Physically Hungry
Secret # 4. Stop Eating When You are Satisfied, Not Full
Secret # 5. Eat What You Want Most
Secret # 6. Notice How Your Body Feels After Eating
Secret # 7. Honor Your Feelings; Don’t Bury Them Under Food
From: The 7 Secrets of Slim People – by Vikki Hansen, M.S.W. & Shawn Goodman