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Monday, July 9, 2012

What You Focus on Expands - How Underlying Beliefs Hinder Weight Loss

Ask yourself what you want. What makes you feel the most alive, connected and successful? What do you want to experience in your life? Take some time to go inward. Then begin to imagine yourself having what you want. Use all of your senses to create the imagery. Let yourself feel the good feelings having this reality will give you. Allow yourself to daydream and fantasize about a life that is both loving and nurturing to you. Begin to practice picturing your life as you want it to be.

What you accept as true will create your reality.

Now take some time and write these intentions out in your journal or on a piece of paper. Do so in the present tense; writing as if you already have everything it is that you want. An intention is a purpose held in mind, a desired goal you want to experience. Avoid negative intentions such as I will not eat sugar. Rephrase them into the positive. I intend to create a lifestyle that is both satisfying and healthy. Practice affirming a positive existence as opposed to cultivating a sense of guilt or inadequacy.

What you focus on expands.

So what is it that is stopping us then? Usually, it is our underlying beliefs that get in the way. "It's too hard", "It's impossible for me to lose the weight", "I won't stick with it anyway", "I have absolutely no self control when it comes to food" are some of the common stories that those who struggle with food tell themselves. These thoughts are the barriers to your desires.

Remember, we create our realities through our thoughts, emotions, beliefs and intent.

Truly healing your relationship to food takes work. You have to take a closer look at the traumas, pain and suffering that you are holding close in an effort to suppress them. You need to strip down aspects of yourself and let go of the old to make room for the new. You have to let go of the limiting beliefs that are keeping you stuck. This is the missing piece to weight loss.

Your physical body is an outward expression of you internal reality.

Where should you start? Start simply by setting your positive intentions. Daydream, fantasize and feel the good feelings associated with having whatever it is that you desire. Picture your life the way that you want it to be. Spend some time every day visualizing the end result. By getting connected to the result of your action, you will be more likely to stick with your plan, turning your intentions into your reality.

"Your beliefs become your thoughts.

Your thoughts become your words.

Your words become your actions.

Your actions become your habits.

Your habits become your values.

Your values become your destiny".


Elizabeth Mauro is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who helps women transform their relationship to food.
Visit her website for a FREE copy of her guide, "Ten Steps to Ending Self Sabotage with Food".

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