Sabotaged: 5 Ways to Stop Killing Your Success

successHave you ever noticed how you may be on your way to your dream job, body or relationship and somehow, you’ve sabotaged yourself?

Why would we consciously or subconsciously derail efforts that are bringing us toward what we believe we want? While a few reasons may be that we’re afraid of change, afraid to put ourselves out there, and afraid to shine, there are many other reasons too.

Here are 5 ways to stop killing your success: Continue reading “Sabotaged: 5 Ways to Stop Killing Your Success”

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Your Diet Legacy and Your Daughter

mother-daughter-cooking2As moms, we often try to instill our beliefs and standards in our children. Often, our goal is to ensure that our children learn from the benefit of our knowledge and experience so that they can create enriching, rewarding lives for themselves. So why is it then that one of the most significant messages moms often pass on to their daughters is the legacy of… dieting?

Every mom wants the best for her children; there is no question about that. But unfortunately, when a mom lives through the emotional and physical pain that her overweight body may cause, she unknowingly often passes the “right to diet” on as though it were a “rite of passage” into womanhood. Continue reading “Your Diet Legacy and Your Daughter”

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Being Friends With Yourself: Why Speaking Positively Brings Freedom

mirror-reflectionDo you shower your friends with compliments, praise and approval? You probably do, because you know that it makes them feel proud, valued and respected. You see and understand the benefit of speaking positively to your friends when you see the happiness it brings them. It feels good to bring this joy to others, right? So, why is it so hard to speak to yourself this way? Being friends with yourself brings many positive benefits, both to yourself and to others.

For many of us, negative self-talk is a way of life.

Without realizing it, many of us willingly put ourselves in a self-made prison. It’s bad enough that we feel negatively about ourselves, but what’s worse is that we keep these negative beliefs going as we continually share these negative thoughts with our co-workers, friends, spouses, and even our children.  Continue reading “Being Friends With Yourself: Why Speaking Positively Brings Freedom”

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Some Reasons Weight Loss May Be Difficult

Have you ever wondered why you lose weight, only to sabotage yourself and put the weight right back on? Before you get angry, frustrated and discouraged with yourself, give yourself some compassion because here may be a few reasons why you’re doing it.

While you may think it’s natural to want to lose excess weight, have you ever thought of what those extra pounds may be providing? Many people keep weight on…on purpose. There are many reasons for this. One reason is that weight provides a protective barrier. Remember when you used to hide behind your mom’s leg when you were scared? You may be using the excess weight to provide that same protection for you now. Maybe there are reasons why looking or feeling sexy or attractive brings about fear or discomfort for you so keeping the weight on prevents those uncomfortable feelings from arising.

Another reason people keep weight on is because they’re unsure or uncomfortable with the expectations that may be placed on them with a new, fit, sexy body. At their current weight, they know what to expect, what’s expected of them and there’s a sense of familiarity with it all. These feelings may be easier to deal with than the discomfort of the unknown; even if what’s familiar is keeping them overweight and unhappy.

Still another reason you may be keeping weight on may involve a partner. Maybe eating together is a connection you both have or cooking together is an activity you both share.  Rather than risk breaking that bond, you continue the activity and habits you’ve developed to maintain that connection.

Yet another reason may have to do with the threat a partner may feel if your weight loss means more attention from the opposite sex, a higher self esteem and a greater sense of self confidence. Perhaps your spouse or partner is insecure, jealous and feels threatened by what your new look and improved self confidence may bring. Instead of working through those issues, many women find it’s easier to keep the weight on to avoid “rocking the boat” with their partner.

Another reason we may keep the weight on has to do with our habits. For many of us, we may eat the same foods, at the same times, in the same places from day to day. These habits we’ve created are now deeply ingrained within us; they’re a habitual part of our daily routine. For example, maybe you’ve grown used to skipping breakfast, grabbing a fast food lunch, coming home to eat a big dinner and relaxing in front of the TV at the end of a long day with a bag of potato chips. While these habits may be familiar, they can play a significant role in keeping extra weight on.

I’ve worked with many moms who’ve lost weight, then find a way to sabotage their weight loss efforts and quickly gain it right back. While often it’s a question of creating healthier habits to get the weight off once and for all, sometimes it’s important to dig deep and see if there’s a reason why you’ve been intentionally keeping the weight on. Of course, if you discover something too difficult to work through alone, get the support you need.

Just because something has been a certain way for a while, doesn’t mean it has to stay that way if it doesn’t work for you anymore. You can make any change to your thoughts, actions and habits in order to slowly and gently discover your best self. It starts with awareness and the desire to change something that’s not working for you, for something that works much better.

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December 2023