For example, the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz didn’t believe he had a brain until he got stickpins put into it.
How silly is that! It’s like saying I can’t lose weight until I make more money or my kids are grown.
Unfortunately, if you believe things like that, you unconsciously will make them come true.
Instead of waiting until the “right” time, use these three ideas to make progress NOW.
1. Use what works
Think about times when you’ve successfully lost or maintained your weight in the past. What did you do, and how did you make it work?
Did you cook more meals? Go to the gym? Walk your dog every day? Perhaps you kept a journal, went to meetings or met with a diet counselor.
Today: Make a list of these “secrets,” then put them back into your routine.
2. Fix the roadblocks
You probably know what causes you to fall off the diet wagon—things like emotional eating or loss of motivation.
Maybe your demanding schedule or a challenging job drains your time and energy. But somewhere in your stick-pin brain, you also know the solution for getting past these barriers.
Today: Identify your roadblocks and create a “work-around” plan.
3. Study what went wrong
When you’ve lost weight, then gained it all back, it’s easy to blame the diet. But to get the real answer, study the time period between your goal weight and your “regain” weight. What changed?
Did you let go of your exercise program? Drink more alcohol and eat more desserts? Stop caring?
Today: Figure out what you need to NOT do once you reach your goal weight. (Write these down.)
If you’ve been searching for the answer to weight-loss success, wake up and realize that it’s already inside your head.
You just need to look for the stickpins in your brain, then use your own wonderful knowledge to create a plan that works.
In the wonderful American fairy tale “The Wizard of Oz,” a little farm girl named Dorothy travels down a yellow brick road in search of answers to life.
Actually, she just wants a way to get back to her home in Kansas. But during her adventure, she meets several unusual characters who become part of the journey.
These delightful storybook friends were all seeking a piece of life they believed would give them true happiness.
Yet as we followed them on their trip, we soon realized they already had what they were looking for. They simply weren’t able to recognize and appreciate their unique gifts.
Like the characters in Dorothy’s story, you may think you are lacking something vital to your weight-loss success.
In the story, the scarecrow always felt stupid because he had sticks of hay for a brain. He was convinced that he couldn’t figure out the answers to life because he didn’t have knowledge.
Once the stickpins were put into his straw head, he was thrilled because now he knew that he had a brain. It took being able to ‘see’ his brain for him to believe it was there.
Maybe you’re convinced you can’t lose weight or stop emotional eating until you’ve found the ideal book or discovered the perfect diet plan.
But like the scarecrow, you don’t need a new brain in order to be successful.
Instead, you need reach into the “straw” inside your head, dig around a bit, and pull out the answers that have been there all along.
Next: 3 steps for using the brain you have…
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In the last post, I told you about Brenda and her struggles with nighttime eating.
We talked about how she tends to get home from work and throw her weight-loss plan out the window. Read More »
“What’s wrong?” I asked, as I handed her a box of tissues.
“I’m just not making any progress!” she said. I knew she was right because her scale weight had gone up instead of down the past couple of visits. So I gently pushed her to tell me more about her struggles. Read More »