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Apr 10, 2011

The Fear Factor of Losing Weight

Did you know that the main reason why so many people fail to achieve their goals is because of fear, one way or the other, is holding them back? It’s hard to believe, but some people have somehow convinced themselves that being overweight is just somehow more convenient. Ask yourself the following questions:
  • What don’t you have to face due to being overweight?
  • What don’t you have to do due to being overweight?
  • What comfort do you get from being overweight?
  • What image that you have achieved don’t you want to let go of?
One woman whom I was helping to lose weight managed to lose over 100 pounds. She told me that when she was overweight, it was just easier on her. After losing the weight, she realized that she had to lose all the defenses she had put up over the years too. She hadn’t even realized what had happened until she began noticing a change. Her weight, she said, had become a convenient excuse in her life for anything that wasn’t going right.
During her weight loss process, she began to come to terms with a lot of truths that she had done so well hiding or ignoring in the past. Her major problem was her lack of self confidence and how her being overweight somehow managed to keep her away from men. During her college years, she remembered how all the attention she got from the boys made her feel uneasy, and that’s when her problem started and she began putting on weight. The more weight she put on, the less attention she got from boys at college and the less at unease she felt.
Somehow, it didn’t occur to her that she could still be slim and attractive and steer unwanted attention away from her.
There are 5 things you should remember about fear so that you can overcome it and reach your goals:
  1. Fear isn’t going to go away if you don’t confront it. Comfort eating is only going to help you gain weight and become unhealthier.
  2. The only way you can really overcome your fear of doing something is to get out there and do it! Similarly, if you fear something or someone, coming face-to-face with it, acknowledging the fear is the first step of moving beyond it.
  3. Remember, there are others out there who are probably going through the same turmoil you are. You’re not alone! Remember that. If you feel like you need support or someone to listen to, go onto online communities and you’ll meet tons of people who are going through your same situation or who have already passed what you’re going through and can offer you some invaluable advice.
  4. Always remember that getting over your fear is far less frightening than feeling helpless.
  5. The only way you can feel good about yourself and really accomplished is to get out there and do something!

Having trouble setting out a diet plan that you can stick to? Need some help setting your plan up? Looking for someone to listen to you or need some extra support and motivation? I’d love to hear from you! Let me know how your weight loss plan is going; what size did you start out and what size are you now? What size do you want to be and anything else you want to share with me and my readers. Please don’t be shy or hesitate in any way to contact me or leave a comment here—interacting with my readers is what I enjoy most! :-)

Here’s to your weight loss success!  

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