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Saturday 07 April 2012
Does The Word Diet Make You Feel Uneasy?
07 Apr   by Lisa

When you hear the word "diet", how do you feel? Can you identify the emotion? What images dance around in your head? Take a moment to close your eyes and think about this. Identifying these will help you when reading this article.
 
For many of us, just hearing the word "diet" makes us feel a bit uncomfortable. You might have noticed some feelings of resentment or lack and the word "sacrifice" might have come to mind.  And at the same time, a feeling of excitement or inspiration may have welled up inside you. Usually people are excited about the idea of starting or being on a diet and dream about the results but they are not usually excited about implementing the diet because it means change. When it comes time to take action, the motivation, support and willpower just aren't there.  That little voice in our head tells  us all kinds of stories (that we actually listen to!).  Usually those stories don't serve our goals.  If you can imagine as in old cartoons, the little man on each of our shoulders each telling us the opposite things to do.  Which one do you listen to?
 
When you don't do what you say you will do, it makes you feel bad deep down.  This may be an unconscious thought or you may actually be able to identify the feeling. When you commit to something, deep down you are excited and when you don't achieve what it is you set out to achieve, you can eventually become depressed.   Following are some tips to help you stay on track so this doesn't happen and you are able to reach the goal you have set for yourself (as long as your goal is realistic).
 
In order to focus on achieving your goals, you need to stop giving in to your little voice that is trying to distract you.  Write down what you are going to be committed to whether it's a certain goal weight, avoiding specific foods or adding more nutritious foods to your diet, exercising more or what ever it may be.  Make sure your goal is realistic.  If your goal is overwhelming, chances are you at risk for being unsuccessful.  You would be better off thinking of a reachable goal within your primary goal.  It is not uncommon to have several goals within a larger goal. 
 
Write down specifics of the goal you have so you have a crystal clear picture.  Visualize not only what you want to look like when you reach your goal, but also what you will be actively doing.  What activities will you be able to be involved in then that you aren't now?  What will change in your life as a result of achieving your goal? How will your relationships change?  Really get into all this.  Write all the ideas that come to mind out on paper. 
 
Look at what you have written and develop smaller steps that will get you moving toward the outcome you desire.  These steps need to be attainable in the time frame you set for yourself (you should be setting specific dates).  If you bite off too big of a chunk, you may fail.  The more times you aren't able to meet the expectations you set out for yourself, the more chances you have of not succeeding in your outcome.  So it is very important that you carefully analyze each step and visualize how you are going to achieve this.  The clearer your outline or plan, the more successful you will be!  Best of luck to you!
 
If you would like information on diet concerns or goals, or if you just have a thought our opinion on what is written, I would love you to share your comments!
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