12 Jan

Down 30 lbs. and still working it: The Stubborn Fat Blues

I have been doing these weight loss challenges on FB from a local dietitian for the past six weeks and he he had some words of wisdom that I think everyone should hear. Too bad I don’t have much if any exposure… so really this is just for me to reflect on.

 
There’s one thing that will determine whether you end up at your goal weight or not.
One simple, powerful thing that you are in complete control of.
Your mind.
Before you begin your fat loss journey, it is vitally important that your mind is prepared for success. Continue reading for tips and strategies to get into a fat burning mindset.

Do You Have the Stubborn Fat Blues?

Are you stuck in a body you aren’t happy with? Does it seem impossible for you to lose weight? Do you get heavier each year? So what do you do about the stubborn and seemingly permanent  fat? Sink into a depression? Well, the easiest thing to do is to throw a pity party. Then before you know it your feelings of self-pity begin to snowball into a full blown case of the Stubborn Fat Blues. How do you know if you have the Stubborn Fat Blues?

  • Your pants are tighter today than they were a year ago.
  • You’ve tried to lose weight only to fail.
  • You feel trapped.
  • You’re close to giving up on yourself.

If you can relate to any of the above statements then you have the Stubborn Fat Blues—quite an unpleasant condition to have.
Fortunately, there is a cure.
It all starts with your mind. The thing about the Stubborn Fat Blues is that it affects your mind more than anything else. You see, your mental state is critical in determining your shape and size. When you focus on all of the things that you hate about your current body like the size of your thighs, the shape of your butt, or the way your belly looks then you’re putting all of your energy towards the negative. The more you think about how unhappy you are, the unhappier you will become. Makes sense, right? So instead of wallowing, use the following techniques to conquer the Stubborn Fat Blues:

Take it one battle at a time.

You may have 20, 50 or 100 pounds to lose before you reach your ideal weight—and that can be overwhelming. The truth is, weight loss like this won’t happen overnight—it takes months of dedication. So, it’s no wonder so many people simply give up.
Don’t worry about winning the entire war today. Instead focus on conquering one battle at a time. Take it one meal at a time, and one day at a time. A healthy meal, a good workout, and you’ve won a battle. Remember, 100 pounds is broken down into 350,000 calories. Sure, that sounds like a lot, but all you have to do is focus on burning more calories than you take in today and in the end weight loss will be inevitable.

Use a trigger.

How many times throughout your day do you find yourself plagued with negative thoughts? I’m too fat. I’ll never look as good as I used to. I’m not attractive. Yikes! Thoughts like these will ruin your chance at regaining your swagger—they are total momentum killers.
Here’s what I want you to do. Whenever a negative thought enters your mind instantly do the following:

  • Breathe out and squeeze your abs for 5 seconds – 3 times.
  • Throw away any junk food within arms reach
  • Plan to exercise
  • Make negative thoughts a trigger to take positive action toward your goal—the results will amaze you.

See what you want.

If you have weight to lose, mirrors are a nightmare. Every lump and pouch seems to jump out with alarming illumination. And it doesn’t help that most of us see things as worse than they really are. When was the last time you closed your eyes and pictured the body you wished you had? It may sound hokey, but I’m serious. Your mind is very impressionable and when you bombard it with only the negative then you will be stuck on that image. Take time each day to visualize your ideal body. Close your eyes and put yourself in that ideal body – feel what it feels like to be fit and attractive. This exercise is a powerful way to fixate your mind on your goal in a way that will leave you no room for failure.

Get serious.

Sooner or later you will decide that you are fed up with the Stubborn Fat Blues. You will decide that your health is important. You will decide that you deserve to look great. And you will do what it takes to achieve amazing results.

Then you can say goodbye to the Stubborn Fat Blues—forever!