You may think that losing weight starts with cutting calories, but it doesn’t. It starts with cutting excuses. I’m guilty of that, myself. We “weight challenged” people have a lot of excuses for our weight problems, excuses that we hide behind, excuses that keep us right where we are-fat. Gaining and losing weight, you see, is not an activity of the body but of the mind. It all starts with your thoughts. The first step in thinking yourself thin is to start cutting your excuses, not your calories.
Excuse # 1
If my coworkers would stop bringing in goodies, or if I didn’t have children to feed, or if my husband didn’t like ice cream…
If. If. If.
There will always be “ifs,” excuses for you to break your diet. These “ifs” will sabotage your weight loss goals, if you let them. Instead of seeing these “ifs” as insurmountable temptations, think of them as opportunities to prove your determination and resilience. IF you didn’t have these temptations, you would never learn willpower! With this thought, you can think yourself thin.
Excuse # 2
Weight problems run in my family, or I am big-boned, or I have my grandmother’s hips…
Bull. Sure, you have a genetic predisposition to a certain body type, but that does not condemn you to being fat. The truth is, you are fat because you have developed certain eating and lifestyle habits that made you fat. It has nothing to do with your family heritage-unless you let it. If you want to credit genetics for your body type, pick out the one or two people in the family who are thin-every family has some, even if you have to go back a few generations-and tell yourself that thinness run in your family. Modeling yourself after the “thin ones” of your family is another way you can think yourself thin.
Excuse # 3
I’ll diet tomorrow or next week or next month…
I have a little secret for you-there is no tomorrow. There is only the present. Today. Now. You will only start dieting today, or not at all. Telling yourself that you will start dieting at some future point will ensure that you will not start at all. Today is the day. Start now.
Excuse # 4
I don’t have any exercise equipment, or I can’t afford a membership at a gym, or I’m too fat to exercise.
You DO have perfect exercise equipment, and it’s free-your legs. Walking is the best exercise, and just about anyone can do it. You can walk at your own pace and still get weight loss and physical fitness benefits out of it. You can march in place to music at home, or you can take a walk around the block. Of course, you should always talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program but, in general, walking is safe for everyone. As you walk, think of your thin body emerging from that mass of fat, like a sculpture being chiseled from stone. That’s what walking will help do for you. So take a walk-and think yourself thin!