Lose weight for good and not just for Christmas

It’s the lead up to Christmas, the kids are settled back into school and some of you may have already started a diet or exercise program and doing really well, while others are experts at finding excuses not to start until Monday!

It’s the lead up to Christmas, the kids are settled back into school and some of you may have already started a diet or exercise program and doing really well, while others are experts at finding excuses not to start until Monday!

Isn’t it true that most people (woman in particular) know the calorific value of everything they put into their mouth and know the foods that are good and bad for their body? So why are we over weight? At a time when money isn’t as available as it used to be, I think that the majority of us would love to fit back into our old clothes.

For the next 10 weeks we will take a look the mental and emotional blocks that prevent you from achieving and maintaining your ideal weight, we will NOT be looking at diets, food, or products for weight loss, because most people who have tried dieting in the past are still struggling to lose weight. This time you will learn how to change your eating habits for good and not just for Christmas, the wedding or holidays etc, where most diets seem to end after a goal has been achieved. Let’s spend the next 10 weeks changing attitudes to food and diet that will have a continued and lasting effect.

This week I encourage you to make a start, no pressure! You can begin by considering your favourite type of exercise and slowly ease into it. Find a regular physical activity that you know gives you a buzz, a real feel good factor. Exercise can be fun when you change how you think and feel about it. If the activity costs money, chose one that doesn’t (walking for example) until you can save up enough to begin the one that you are passionate about. If you need any more convincing we will be covering the mental blocks to exercise in one of the articles between now and Christmas.

I would also like you to take a look at your daily eating habits, make a food diary and be totally honest with yourself. Write down every bite that you put into your mouth and don’t forget the 3 biscuits that you had yesterday. You can’t cod a kidder I’ve been there done that and worn out the t-shirt. Note also the time and how you felt emotionally before, during and after all food because you are going to get an insight into your emotional eating patterns and I will show you how to change them.

Most overweight people who come into my office are disconnected from their body and only connected to their mind. They eat with their mind and not their body. You cannot successfully lose weight and maintain weight loss if the mind and body are not connected. So let’s start reconnecting with your body again, we will look more into this in the coming weeks.

Even making the decision to look after yourself will help you feel so much better about yourself and YOU may be one of the people, who for the first time in years, will take back their power from over eating as you do something worthwhile for yourself.

YOU are entitled to a little of the time that you spend looking after everyone else every day to treat yourself with kindness.

Margaret Denmead is an experienced Therapist with a successful private practice in Cahir, Co. Tipperary and has helped so many people to create change their life. She is a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, N.L.P Master Practitioner, Life Coach and also works with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 

You can contact her on 086 8256204 and check out her website margaretdenmead.com or email mdktherapies@eircom.net