There are several diet pitfalls that even smart women fall prey to and we’re going to explore them, one by one, over the next several weeks. After all, we’re all smart women here and I’ll bet every one of us, at one time or another, has been frustrated with our weight/body/health. The thing is, if you want to take better care of your body, you must begin with your head. Make a few changes in your perceptions surrounding food and you’ll be amazed at how profoundly your relationship with food will improve.
You might be surprised to find out that the biggest diet pitfalls have little to do with what we feed our bodies, but more what we feed our minds. Most women sabotage their efforts even before they begin and one of the ways they do this is by making
Diet Mistake #1: Being Short Sighted When Setting Goals
Most people decide to “go on a diet” in an effort to lose weight or address a health concern. While these goals are very necessary for some people, they are often short-sighted. A goal like, “Lose 5 pounds in 2 months” implies that when the weight is lost, the “diet” is over. Instead, concentrate on the bigger picture: how do you want to look, feel and move through the world?
Taking care of the body (by eating well, exercising and managing our thoughts/stress) is so important because it’s essential to living a rich, full, joyful and exciting life. If we want a life full of passion and fulfillment, our health is “Ground Zero.” It’s the very foundation of building this kind of life. When we truly understand that fact, our goal broadens. Instead of focusing on the numbers alone (weight loss, blood levels, etc.), we now shift our thinking to how we want to feel and the experiences we wish to have. Here’s an example:
Short-sighted Goal: I want to lose 5 pounds before my high school reunion in 2 months.
Big Picture Goal: Every day, I want to feel slim, sexy and energized.
You see the difference? While it may be harder to quantify the results, believe me, progress will be greater, more easily achieved and much longer lasting. That’s because your desire to feel slim, sexy and energized (not just at your reunion, but always!) is so much more exciting and motivating than your desire to lose 5 pounds in 2 months (big snore!)
As my daughter likes to say, “Are you picking up what I’m throwing down??”
This week, try creating some Big Picture Goals of your own. Answer this question: how do you wish to look, feel and move through the world? I’d love to hear from you, so please share your thoughts and comments, as well as some of your Big Picture Goals in the Comments section below.
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