Having a dramatic weight loss one might think that the after is all hearts and flowers….not so fast! There are definitely lots of upsides but there are also some unexpected side effects of weight loss.
The Upsides of Weight Loss
Let’s list a few of the very positive side effects of weight loss and in my opinion the “ups” definitely outweigh the “downs”
Some Unexpected Side Effects of Weight Loss:
One of the constant reminders of weight loss that I have is that I am constantly cold. That is a small price to pay for greater health in my opinion.
The positives far outweigh the negatives but be prepared for some unexpected changes!
Are you being held hostage by your own beliefs? Do you have subconscious beliefs that are limiting your weight loss success? Where do they originate? Are your beliefs Psychological, Global or Convictions? Can you change them?
Rules that support your beliefs. The rule makes sense and therefore you see something as truth.
Therefore your rules might be:
Generalizations about things, people and your life.
Global beliefs are assumptions you make that begin with:
The strongest beliefs and are often immune to logic and many times people do not even realize they have them.
From the list, I think you can see how negative these beliefs are and how they have your head “programmed” to not be successful. Let’s take a look at some positive thoughts and how they can change your life/outlook and your path to success!
Try turning some of your thoughts upside down or sideways and make them empowering beliefs. Here are a few samples for you to try out. Notice how positive, encouraging and hopeful these are! Changing from a negative mindset to a positive one is difficult but it can be done!
Empowering Beliefs to try:
Examples of how you can change your beliefs:
BELIEF: “I hate to exercise.”
DESIRED OUTCOME: a healthier body.
“I believe it’s possible for me to enjoy exercise.”
“Lots of people enjoy exercising. Maybe I’m missing out on something.”
“There are many forms of exercise. There must be a perfect exercise program for me.”
“I’m enjoying the process of learning to enjoy exercise.”
“I look forward to my morning walk with friends.”
“Exercise energizes my mind and body.”
“I love to exercise.”
“I love taking good care of myself.”
Does the “judge” or “victim” in your head keep holding you back? Here are some examples of how your mind can play judge or victim.
|Voice in Head||Story or Belief||Result on Emotions|
|Judge||Body image in the mind.
This is what my body should look like.
|Judge||My body doesn’t look like it should.
(based on the body image above this looks like a truthful statement)
|Victim||“I” don’t look like I should.” (Self-rejection.
Almost the same statement but comes from a different part of our mind that agrees with the judge. )
|Sadness, feeling not good enough.|
Another term you might have heard used which is similar to limiting beliefs is “self-fulfilling prophecies”. These are beliefs based on past experiences which may have once been true but are not necessarily true now.
Do you see the negative voices speaking out? “I always” “I know” “I can’t” “that’s just the way I am!” Do you see all the excuses in the dialogue? Remember that making excuses is a sign of having limiting beliefs!
A more empowering/positive way of handling eating in the evening might be, “I am going to get in extra steps while I am watching TV this evening so that I can make watching TV a time to move my body because I love me!”
A more empowering/positive way of handing the chocolate cake would be to say, “There is chocolate cake in the kitchen but I choose to not have any so I can reach my health goals faster.”
It might sound a bit hokey but in reality this is how you train your mind. When it comes to changing your thoughts and beliefs inside, you truly do have to “fake it until you make it.” If you say it over and over long enough your mind will start believing it! If you believe it, you truly can achieve it!
Through the years I have read many of those “I have lost half my body weight” articles and thought, I WISH I could say that some day as I have always struggled with my weight. The only trouble with saying that is that you tell the whole world what you weighed and what you weigh now! Funny, back before I began Weight Watchers I was horrified that someone would find out what I did weigh, now, not perfectly comfortable with saying what I weighed because when I say that it is just simple math to figure out what I currently weigh. Funny, isn’t it? But the honest truth is full disclosure doesn’t scare me now but thrills me that I am able to make it!
In September 2012, I had my annual check up and when the nurse was going to weigh me, I turned my head and said I do not what to know! Talk about denial! I KNEW I was overweight and needed to do something about it but I did not want to be reminded! I was reminded every time I looked in the mirror, walked up a few stairs, and when I got dressed or undressed every day I was reminded of what I NEEDED to do, what I SHOULD do but what I wasn’t READY to do.
I was smart, I was employed, I was healthy, I was happy, I was living, clean, I was attractive, I was active, I was a good person, I was talented, I was many things so why was my weight the one thing I couldn’t seem to get a clear grip on. When it came down to it, there were emotions that I didn’t know how to properly channel so it took lots of deep digging to get at the bottom of those improperly channeled feelings. Often we think we should not have feelings of hurt, anger, etc and we tend to eat our feelings as a way of self-medicating.
In late December 2012, I got a reality check, my health was failing, I had no energy and I could barely make it up one flight of stairs. When a cardiologist told me that I needed to come in for a stress test to see what was going on, THAT was a major reality check as in my heart of hearts, I knew he was right, I was on the verge of a cardiac episode.
On January 2nd, 2013, I joined Weight Watchers Online as I could not afford the meetings, but I knew I had to do something and I had to be the reason for my change and had to be accountable to myself. I didn’t own a working weight scale so I “guessed” at my weight. I did start tracking all my food and tried to stay in my daily points allotment. So I do not know at exactly what weight I was on 01/02/13 but I began. My new scale arrived on January 23rd and I found out how terribly terribly wrong I was guessing my weight. I had guessed 35 pounds less than I actually weighed. For once the number on the scale didn’t make me feel discouraged and depressed, it made me feel determined and empowered. I now knew what I didn’t know!
A year later in January of 2014, I had lost a little over 90 pounds without feeling hungry or weak. Success was starting to come!
In July 2014, I reached my “goal” weight! having lost a little over 115 lbs. BIG SUCCESS! Next step was maintaining that loss.
In late February of 2015, I realized that I was close to having lost half my body weight, so I pressed back into weight loss mode. In March I had lost 2.6 pounds, getting even closer to my half my weight goal, just 1.8 pounds to go!
On May 15, 2015, the day before I left to go to New York City to appear on the Today Show as a new member of the Joy Fit Club, I reached the half my body weight number! I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to know I had lost over 136 pounds!
It has been a year since I was on the Today Show and my weight is still under control! Soon I will celebrate two years at or below my goal weight! BRAVO to me!