It’s All in Your Head

Recently, I have taught a few classes on being successful in weight management.  Some interesting points and “ah-ha” moments have brought folk to realize it’s all in their head.

Four basic tenants in order of importance includes 1)attitude/values; 2) psychology; 3)exercise; 4) and nutrition.  Does it surprise folks that their attitude or value they place on managing their weight is ranked more important than eating an apple?  For some it doesn’t.  If an individual has been in the process of managing their weight (in this case, losing weight) for several months, then he/she is going to realize that it is their attitude or approach to the process of losing weight that will make the most difference.  And for some, that is a scary issue to face.

Most psychologists will tell you that losing weight is more than knowing that mayonnaise is fattening.  I had one participant tell me that she envies the people who don’t know that eating healthier will help them lose weight.  What is scary is knowing the information and realizing it might not be enough.  She’s not sure she is ready to address her real reasons for keeping the weight off.  What can you do about it?

How folks perceive their goals to weight loss and the sometimes “bumpy” road to get there is becoming important, and I will even dare, to say, more important, to people than what they need to eat.

Here are some things to consider:

  • What are your values?  How do they connect with your weight loss goals?
  • Do you engage in positive self-talk?  Or do you “put yourself down” if you are struggling?
  • What type of attitude are you displaying when eating healthy?
  • What is your motivation for losing weight?  Is it for yourself or others?
  • Are you ready to track or journal your progress? (See my previous blog on journaling)
  • Are you ready to make a commitment to regular physical activity?  Why or why not?
  • How will you handle on-going social engagements while changing your diet?
  • What values or attitudes will you exhibit if you go off your diet plans?

A lot of these changes occur in our mind.  You have the power to change your approach to be healthier.  Lapsing can be part of the process.  However, going back to old habits can sabotage your efforts.  Our environments don’t make it easier to accomplish our goals, especially with weight loss.  If you look, you will see a Weight Watchers next to a fast food restaurant.  How will you handle that?  It all comes down to your attitude and approach to the situation.

I encourage folks to have a goal and a plan for all your situations.  I heard a very positive quote one time:

“A dream is a goal without a plan.”  (Unknown author) Have a plan and track your progress.  The courage will come from you.

About Sharon M., MS RD

As a registered dietitian and a master gardener, I know the healing power of food. Nothing has given me more satisfaction than growing my own food. I have experience working in the public health field, including school districts. I have worked with pregnant moms, children, diabetics, and bariatric patients. I emphasis a plant-based, whole food diet. Yet, I appreciate the movement of eating sustainably, while hoping folks appreciate the bean as a source of protein. "To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld "Feeding is going well if both you and yor child are having a good time." -Ellyn Satter
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