Many people fail to understand that losing weight STARTS in the mind. Several of my clients have struggled recently with cravings, emotional eating, and other “roadblocks” that have derailed their progress on losing weight. They look for reasons to explain the lapses, blaming them on lack of will power, events beyond their control, etc.
The actual culprit is the mind. When the mind is NOT engaged in building or changing a habit, then the habit doesn’t stick and despite good intentions, the body/person fails in reaching their goal. The mind must be engaged in the process. It is the driver behind the wheel, the power behind the action. The body is just the luggage in the trunk of the car.
When building any habit, the process must first begin in the brain.
For example: If you want to stop giving into cravings, you must:
1. Determine why you are having a craving. Is it emotionally triggered, event triggered, or just a bad habit? Like eating ice cream while watching TV each evening after work.
2. Once you determine why you have a craving, you have to create a list of activities that will short circuit your craving. If you have a sudden craving for chocolate, instead of raiding your child’s Easter candy stash, put on some music and fold laundry, or take the dog for a walk, or leave the situation that is encouraging the craving (in this case, turn off the TV). Having a list of alternative reactions is a MUST!
3. When the craving hits, you have to follow through with the alternative choice. It’s not enough to just recognize the drive behind the craving. You have to actively short circuit it.
4. You must be consistent. Within 21 days, you will have created a new, healthier habit and you will notice a marked decrease in craving “episodes”.
When you apply your mind and give it the power to change the body, there is nothing you can’t achieve.