Is fear keeping you fat?
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Have you successfully lost weight in the past only to regain it? You’re able to be “good” for a while and eat healthy foods in appropriate amounts but then, without warning, you fall off the wagon. You go overboard and eat all the foods you restricted yourself from having when you were being “good”. Aren't you tired of this? Do you ever wonder why you can’t seem to stop sabotaging yourself? The reason may be fear. Believe it or not you may be afraid of losing weight or of being thin. It seems crazy doesn’t it? Well it’s not. Think about it. Being overweight holds a purpose in your life. We don't do things for no reason and eating isn't any different. Have you ever stopped to think what being overweight does for you? If you're going to have lasting weight loss success you need to be able to identify what being overweight is doing for you and be wiling to face your fears. Some fears include:
1) Fear of unwanted or unaccustomed attention from others (especially from the opposite sex)
2) Fear of failure - i.e. fear that you won't really be able to lose weight or fear that you'll gain back the weight you've los
3) Fear of losing friends or relationships
4) Fear of being connsidered selfish - i.e. because you do have to put yourself first
5) Fear of being thin - i.e. will you or other people place more demanding expectations on you
6) Fear of how you'll deal with your feelings because you won't have food to turn to
7) Fear that you’ll lose your identity - i.e. who would you be if you weren't the "fat friend" or who would you be without your preoccupation with food/dieting
Think about how your weight benefits you. How would you feel without it and what scares you about that?
The only way you'll be successful is if you choose to be fearless! What are you waiting for?