Why are you fat? What stops you from having the body you want? Do you love to eat? Do you feel lazy sometimes? Are you frustrated with your body and have tried every diet known? You are not alone. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, nearly two thirds of Americans over the age of 20 are overweight or obese. Our children are the first generation that will be more obese than their parents. Food is everywhere: restaurants on every street, grocery stores filled to the gills with calories, and any treat you want is no more than five minutes away. In addition, television, movies and computer obsessions engulf our days and living a sedentary, indulged life is the new American way.
On the flip side, there are health clubs scattered no more than 10 minutes away, personal trainers are a dime a dozen and articles are available on health and fitness in every publication. With the added availability of food and health resources, you can still look in the mirror and see a sight that is not what you had planned for in life. Why?
Addressing this issue of body image and weight does not simply come down to desire or self control. The reason you don’t have the body you want is because of many reasons, one of which is the unconscious processes that are going on in the deeper levels of your mind.
To simplify what stops you from having the body you want, look at the following three specific areas:
- Actions that you take or don’t take
- Skills of knowing what and how to achieve a task
- Mental Processes that run deep in the unconscious realms of your mind. Your unconscious mind is what rules your thoughts and behaviors.
When you put the three areas together it is really fast and powerfully easy to make progress towards a thinner fit body. They all blend – putting Skill into Action with the right Mental Processes creates change.
To begin, get out of denial! See your body the way it really is. Look in the mirror at your naked self for at least 10 minutes today. Look in a rear view mirror and on each side. Look, stare, gawk and then decide to take immediate action to change.
Actions include: eat less, exercise more, and build muscle; buy the right walking shoes, get a club membership and do actions that set you in motion.
Skills include: learn all you can about the subject, study, interview thin people, practice skills of coordination and balance.
Now most importantly, you need to work on your Mental Processes. Believing that it is possible, believing and imagining what you will look like with the body you want, believing you are worth it; feeling worthy of being beautiful, feeling the possibilities of weighing the correct weight for your height, believing you can achieve results. To have the body you want, read self-help books on self-esteem, belief changing and identity development. Learn to love yourself, grow your self-esteem and know it is possible to learn actions skills and understand thinking processes for success. Build your spirituality and make sure you connect your spirituality with your body; meaning honor your God given body with thanks for the vehicle you have been provided to help you live your purpose in this life.
When you can clearly see in your mind’s eye your future self, thin and healthy, only then will you begin to make permanent and natural changes. Since the future has not happened yet, make it up, see yourself the way you want to be. See it, Feel it, Believe it and Have it!