When it comes to losing weight, many believe that counting calories and joining the gym are the only ways to successfully trim off excess weight. Although there are plenty of scientific research studies to back up the correlation between diet and exercise and weight loss, often times just "knowing" what we need to do to shed pounds is not enough to achieve success over the long term.
As is the case with many areas of our lives, we aren't always conscious to what's in the way of achieving what we say we want. When we delve a little deeper into ourselves and ask the right questions, we realize that our true commitment often lies elsewhere, and it's that hidden commitment that is preventing us from realizing our dreams and goals.
For example, if you are someone trying to lose weight, take a minute and ask yourself, "What is true about losing weight?" Perhaps you might respond that losing weight requires a lot of extra time to exercise and plan meals that you don't have. Or, maybe you feel that focusing on your diet means that you won't be able to enjoy a family barbeque or friend's birthday party. You might even be scared of the impact losing weight and feeling good in your body could have on the rest of your life. Maybe it means you will have to dress differently, start dating again, ask for a raise or potentially alienate those close to you who are also struggling with their weight. These are just a few of the possible belief structures that could be inhibiting your success.
In order for a transformational shift to occur, it's important to look closer at what losing weight means to you to see if you can uncover an unconscious block that is preventing you from achieving your fitness goals. To help you get started, here are a few questions to begin your inquiry.
1. What are my judgments, beliefs and assumptions around weight loss or living healthy?
2. What actions do I take as a result of my viewpoint? Is my viewpoint the truth or just one way of seeing things?
3. Based on the results of my actions, where does my true commitment lie?
4. If I were to shift my perspective, who could I be (a position or place from which to think, feel, and act) that would alter my results?
5. Coming from this new way of looking at things, what is now possible that didn't seem possible before?
6. What actions can I take over the next week to support my new way of being and perspective on weight loss?
Questions adapted from Dr. Rosie Kuhn's "Context Exercise", www.theparadigmshifts.com
Published On: October 19, 2009