Do you ever feel like you’re reliving the same day over … and over … and over … like the Groundhog Day movie plot? This article is a reminder that we often mindlessly forget that – as the cliché saying goes – insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. But perhaps it isn’t so much the behavior, but the underlying motivation, which Bill Murray’s character seems to realize as – slowly but surely – his seemingly endless re-takes at life evolve from isolating self-interest to compassionate caring for his self and gradually broadening that definition of ‘self’ to include the ‘others’ in his repetitious learning opportunities.
When it concerns our physical care, whether in terms of nutrition, exercise, stress-reduction or numerous other factors that all tie into effective weight loss … and weight maintenance , it can be helpful to look at our habitual patterns … and most importantly – with as little self-defeating condemnation as possible – our motivations. If we can reveal any unconscious self-sabotage and see it as just silly and unfounded, those limiting beliefs can disappear over time, and we can begin to change the ‘why’ behind our behavior, clearing the way for more effective results.
Here’s a list of 10 Habits That Can Help You Lose Weight; keep in mind the ‘why’ as you read these and see if you can catch any mental ‘self-sabotage’ thoughts as your read these, if any of the ideas trigger such thoughts. Ask yourself if there is a faulty self-image based on seeing yourself as less than perfectly worthy – no more or less than anyone else – for having a happy peaceful life that doesn’t depend on outcomes … which ironically frees the mind to include a wider range of choices where the optimal behaviors for health success can be chosen with out mixed motivations short-circuiting the mind’s motivational machinery:
- Look at eating habits; the ‘why’ of eating
- Examine where the motivation for planning meals comes from
- Shop on a full stomach … and a satisfied mind
- Keeping to a regular meal schedule … and gently check in with the purpose for each meal
- Look at where and how you eat … often clues to the why as well
- Take a plate to the table, but not the serving dish
- Slow down the eating process; mindfulness is key to a sense of humor about food, too! Savor!
- Call it quits each day after dinner. Ask yourself what where in the mind hunger arises.
- Treat snacks as mini-meals; keep the gentle, but persistent of ‘why’ at the beginning of each meal
- Don’t skip breakfast; find a regular, sustainable pattern; which usually includes enough regular inputs of nutrients; long gaps between meals may tend to promote binge “catch-up” eating
Looking at the mental motivation behind behaviors and repetitive habits can initially seem daunting, but asking for help from supportive friends, family or goal-buddies that share the same desired outcome can be helpful, along with a journal or diary of thoughts and beliefs. Sometimes just putting something down on paper can result in revealing a pattern that may have been maladaptive or dysfunctional, but no longer applies; these thoughts, ideas and beliefs can be ‘outgrown.’ … Happy self-observation and gentle, but persistent motivation! 🙂