Are you waiting to wake up one morning and feel motivated to make changes around your eating and weight?
So, I’m going to talk to you about that today.
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So, being a psychologist who specializes in the area of emotional eating and weight, what I tend to find is that women are just waiting to feel motivated.
They are waiting to feel motivated to go for a walk or go to the gym.
Or, they are waiting to do the work that’s required to start to reduce their emotional eating.
So, here’s the thing.
If we are waiting for the right moment, we are waiting forever.
It’s not going to happen like that.
Change happens in a different way.
It’s around taking action even when you don’t feel like it.
It’s about taking baby steps forward, not waking up with this big epiphany and waiting for everything to fall into place.
It’s not like,
Ah!, that’s why I’ve been eating and now it’s all fixed and changed because I’ve had this big epiphany.
Sorry, but it just doesn’t happen like that! (Though we all wish it did, right?)
We need to start to take that action now because we feel like doing things, the motivation kicks in later.
So, this approach is called activate to motivate.
Rather than waiting for the right moment, or waiting to feel good, or waiting to feel motivated, thinking that that’s the sign and then I’ll be on my path, we need to get started today.
We need to start taking small steps forward on the path because when we get started, then we feel like doing it, then the motivation kicks in and then we want to do more and more.
And then we start to create these consistent habits.
I find this is what happens with me when I go to the gym. If I have those moments where I don’t feel like going to the gym, then I know that there’s a bit of a block there that maybe I’m waiting for the right time.
Then what I tend to find is that when I’m AT the gym and I’m engaged in the class, and my awareness is in my body, I start getting into it.
I start to enjoy it and I feel really good.
I think, oh, thank goodness I did this!
And then I feel the benefits for the rest of the day.
That’s what happens with this approach.
So, it’s about what can you do today that’s a small step forward.
It could start small.
It could just be as simple as waking up and getting your shoes out ready for the walk later on.
Or, it could be packing your bag with your clothes to take to work, or to go for a walk later on.
It could be around food, for example, like looking at what’s in the fridge and making some choices around that, which will serve you later on.
So, whatever it is for you, it’s around taking that action now, even when you don’t feel like it.
Because once you get started, you will feel like it and you will thank yourself for it later.
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