3 Ways to Solve a Common Problem that’s Sabotaging Your Weight Loss

A huge problem a client comes to me with is one she doesn’t necessarily know she has. Or if she knows it exists, she doesn’t realize it’s a problem. One that’s sabotaging her day-by-day. 

It’s an issue of trust. 

Specifically, trusting herself. Trusting that she can follow through. That she can lose weight. That she can sustain a truly healthy, enjoyable lifestyle. She believes others can do it. That it can be done. But she doesn’t trust that she can do it. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say, she doesn’t have faith that she will do it.

Why is that?

Trusting yourself means having a belief in your own reliability. Your abilities. Your strength. And if you haven’t proven this to yourself in the past, it doesn’t come easy.

Do you trust yourself? 

Do you believe that you can stay on track and reach your goals? 

No matter what life throws at you? 

Do you believe that you have what you need to be successful?

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If you don’t yet, or the trust is shaky, you can build it up. And you must if you want to consistently follow through and reach your goals. Here are three ways I recommend my clients do that:

  1. Keep your word to yourself: each time you promise you’ll do something and then don’t, trust degrades. Build it up by doing what you say you’ll do. And don’t over-promise yourself. Small steps are always the way to big results. 
  2. Neutralize negative self-talk: if someone you know were to always point out what you do wrong and regularly criticize you, would you rely on her in your time of need? Would you seek her support? There’s no trust there. When the self-criticism starts up, notice and neutralize it. You won’t believe in your own abilities if you’re constantly tearing yourself down.
  3. Take action, no matter what: stop waiting for the right time. For your schedule to get back to normal. For the medical problems to resolve. For things to be, essentially, perfect. All this waiting cements your belief that it’s not possible. That life’s circumstances are getting in the way and you can’t stop them. The truth is, there’s no perfect time. Take the next indicated step. And the next one. Do not stop.

As you put these into practice, you will experience failure. A time you don’t follow through. Or speak critically to yourself. A time you don’t take the next best step. This is an opportunity to learn. To give yourself grace. And when you do, trust builds. And so does success. One step at a time.

One last thing to consider…

Can other people trust you? My guess is, yes. How can you become at least as trustworthy with yourself as you are with others?  

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