How to start weighing what really matters.
If nutrition advice was enough, wouldn’t we all be feeling fabulous in our healthy, svelte, bodies?
You and I both know that planning what to eat is only a small part of the equation that creates lasting success, health, and comfortably fitting jeans.
As the research on the Biggest Loser participants so sadly underscores, dieting isn’t the answer, and it has the potential to backfire drastically.
Moving from overweight to thin can feel like negotiating an impossible maze – especially if you’re smart, busy, and experiencing the 3 O trifecta – Overwhelm, Overload, and Overeating. However, when you understand that the usual advice is missing some key pieces, and you learn how these pieces fit together, the way out of the maze becomes clearer and much easier.
You can stop struggling when you start weighing what matters.
Working harder won’t help with overeating if you’re not addressing what really needs to be addressed.
Overeating happens for a reason. Something triggers our hunger – always. Something – a feeling, a need, our physical state, or a difficult situation – contributes to why food is so darn compelling, and the need to eat feels so strong.
Most of the information that we have in our heads about how to make the scale budge doesn’t address these triggers. For instance, a food plan isn’t going to help if the real issue is that you are stressed and overwhelmed and are reaching for chocolate because you just need some easy comfort.
If you don’t address the reasons you’re overeating, it’s like applying a bandage and ignoring the wound.
The problem is, if you’ve added a dash of overwhelm and overload to your overeating puzzle, it can be challenging to find the time or energy to step back and take in the big picture.
And if you’re juggling all three of these “O words,” it might feel even more daunting to figure out where to begin.
There is a way to escape the maze with food and weight and overeating. If you haven’t found it yet, odds are that it isn’t going to be a food plan. It’s going to be a more strategic approach that gets to the heart of the matter – and gets you out of the overeating, overwhelm, and overload labyrinth.
Start by weighing what matters.
What are the hurdles, challenges, and barriers between you and the success you crave? Put self-blame to the side, and ask yourself honestly why you don’t succeed.
This is the next big step to escaping the weight loss maze.
What are your big challenges?
For smart, busy women, the big five challenges to ending overeating are:
- Time and energy challenges
- Self-sabotage (things like perfectionism and procrastination and ways of thinking that undermine your motivation or your ability to follow through).
Tackle these five areas strategically, and you’ll be amazed at how overeating struggles shrink – and even disappear.
I’ll be back in a few days with a real-life example of what I’m talking about. In the meantime, start thinking about your own life. What’s blocking your path? How can you start weighing what matters?
Take good care,