Have you ever been talking about eating and said something along the lines of…
“If it’s in the house I’ll have to eat it all.” ???
This is something I’ve said so many times when referring to chocolate, crisps, biscuits…
Or, “I just can’t stick to a healthy eating plan.”
Maybe it’s time to let go of these negative stories we tell about ourselves.
I used to be…
Swap these negative statements for “I used to be…” statements.
Example: I used to be the kind of person that had to eat things like chocolate if it was in the house. Now, I can leave it or I can eat a small amount and leave the rest.”
Old habits and old stories feel safe
Whether it makes sense or not, the reality is that these old stories and habits make us feel safe. So, it’s important to feed positive messages to our subconscious mind in order to feel safe as we create new, healthier habits.
When we first start telling a new story, we get this little voice shouting, “Don’t be ridiculous, who are you kidding?”
Stay calm and just keep reinforcing your new story and building your new habits.
What happens if you go back to old habits
Okay, I can pretty much guarantee you will. It’s normal and okay. What you now need to do is simply say, “Okay, that’s an old habit. That’s who I used to be. Now, I’m….”
So, let’s say you buy some chocolate wafers and end up eating 3 in one day. I’m guessing that’s not what you wanted to do as you’re on your weight loss journey.
You can either stress out over it and say a whole load of mean things to yourself (and probably end up eating the rest of the pack because you feel rubbish about it.)
Or, you can just acknowledge what’s happened and change the story.
“Okay, so I ate 3 of the wafers in one day. That’s just an old habit. That’s the person I used to be. Now, I’m focusing on eating healthy and achieving my ideal weight. ”
Old habits are sneaky
As much as we want to create new, positive habits to support us in achieving our ideal weight. Old habits will try to sneak back in. It’s up to you to keep saying, that’s not who I am now. Now, I’m…
It might take time but sooner or later you’ll make that shift and the new habits will feel more natural than the old habits.
Just keep reinforcing the story and the habit you want to be true for you.
As always, my very best wishes to you on your weight loss journey.