Think LOVE, not WEIGHT
When you think about your body what comes to mind?
How many ways do you think about your weight?
How many times do you think about your weight?
Try counting your weight thoughts sometime—just as an observer, a third- party looking on. I bet you’ll be surprised about how much energy you are leaking moment to moment, day after day.
Chances are your “Inner Critic” has you in a real dither about your body and continuously faults you about: you’ve got extra this—excess that, you’re not losing weight, your thighs are too fat, where’s your willpower, you’re not trying hard enough, you deserve to feel guilty, what do you mean you’d like to enjoy food and eating and on and on it goes. Sound familiar?
Did you know every one of these thoughts create extra weight??
Every weight thought, every negative thought creates STRESS, stress creates CORTISOL and cortisol stores FAT–guaranteed. Plus negative thinking zaps your energy—you know all that energy you could spend elsewhere—like on your LIFE, the life you dream of diving into. And you are left to travel the slippery slope of dashed hopes, more weight and trying yet another diet.
Stop, Stop, Stop! This is what I say aloud to myself when I fall victim to that nagging critic—I command it to stop invading my space, my head, my being.
Love, Love, Love!Then for every weight thought, I create a love thought. I’ve crafted a litany of ALL the amazing qualities and blessings my body and my life hold for me—and that’s what I put in my head. Weight thoughts don’t live there anymore. The difference is incredible: the stress is gone and I am fully in relaxation mode (the place where weight release is possible!).
Changing this Around
Begin by creating 2 lists:
- 1). What I hate about my body: start with your toes and move slowing up over your entire body and write down everything you hate—however small, however large, it all matters. Put it aside.
- 2). What I love about my body: create this second list; again from your toes to your head—list everything.
- Journal around these questions:
- What did you notice about doing this exercise (upset, resistant, stuck)?
- How did you feel writing list #1?
- How did you feel writing list #2?
- Which list is longer?
- Reflect on the love qualities your body has: How can you bring them into your everyday awareness?
- Make a mantra, an affirmation for each part of your body on list #2—your love list!
- Set your intention to affirm your love for your body throughout the day!
The Bottom Line
You cannot afford the consequences of a negative thought. All that negative stuff will weigh you down—literally!!
You’ve got to bring in the positive, the good, the light and the joy. Be powerful around this.