Whenever you moaning and groaning about losing weight: “I can’t.” “It’s too hard.” Or, “I’ll never lose weight.”—you’re allowing fictions to cloud, discourage, and ultimately sabotage your rational intentions. Once, however, you attempt to separate facts from fictions, you will begin to see through the subterfuge, realizing that these are merely excuses and cop-outs. Separating facts from fictions may not make losing weight less uncomfortable, but at least it gives you a chance of not bailing out on your intentions.
Speaking of whining, it should be pointed out that “cop-outs” mentioned above should be prefaced by the words, “I feel”—“I feel I can’t.” “I feel it’s too hard.” Or, “I feel I’ll never lose weight.” Keep in mind that feelings are not facts! Although the fictions we embrace are often emotional (i.e,. you “feel” such-and-such is true), we also create fictions based on another form of excuse: rationalizations (i.e., “I’ve been good all day, this one piece of cake won’t really matter.” Or, “I don’t have time to shop, I’ll have to order takeout.”) Since there’s always a grain of truth to rationalizations, they can be quite deceptive. But when you hold fictions up to a fact check, the lack of underlying truth becomes clear. Seeing and admitting the factual truth may be a bit intimidating (i.e., that one piece of cake does matter, you can make time to shop, and you are just being lazy), but burying your head in the sands of denial, on the other hand, will only accomplish one thing: It will guarantee failure!
Thin From Within: The Powerful Self-Coaching Program for Permanent Weight Loss
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