“I have a theory about the human mind. A brain is a lot like a computer. It will only take so many facts, and then it will go on overload and blow up.” - Erma Bombeck
Did you know that 69.5% of American women are overweight or obese? That’s much more than half of our female population – a pretty staggering statistic, when you consider that extra weight can lead to serious and even life-threatening health problems.
The funny thing is, it’s not like people aren’t trying to lose weight – they are! In fact, I’ll bet that if you’re reading this blog post, you fall into the 69.5%, and I’ll also bet that you’ve tried again and again to lose the extra weight.
How do I know this? Simple. If I do a search on Amazon.com for “Diet,” I see 165,459 books available on weight loss. If I search Google for the same thing, there are 462,000,000 results – and if I turn on the television, I see Oprah, the television queen, advertising for Weight Watchers.
That’s how I know.
So, if there’s so much information out there about weight loss... and there’s such a clear desire for weight loss... how come 69.5% of the country’s female population is still overweight?
Say Hello to Information Overload
I recently did a survey of my audience – that’s you! – to find out where they needed the most support. I offered all kinds of options; they could have selected healthy recipes, exercise routines they can do at home, and even tips for going out to eat without over-indulging.
But overwhelmingly, you wanted me to talk about self-sabotage. 56% of women I polled said they were frustrated because they’re not following through on their own goals.
They set a goal, they have good intentions, but when it’s time to hit the pavement and take action, they’re stopped. They feel helpless when it comes to their ability to change their lifestyles.
Yikes! That can feel so scary. You start distrusting yourself, you start second-guessing your goals and wondering what’s wrong with you that you can’t stick to a plan.
Here’s why this is happening: you’re suffering from paralysis by analysis, aka, Information Overload!
You have all the information you need – in fact, you have wayyyyy more information than you need – and it’s stopping you in your tracks. Which diet is really the best? Is cabbage in or out this year? Should I do Cross-Fit? Run? Swim? Go to the fancy barre studio down the street?
There are so many choices that you choose to... not decide!
Get Out of the Limbo
It reminds me of Cinderella’s famous lyrics in the musical Into the Woods. As she’s leaving the ball, she’s trying to figure out if she should stay and let the prince discover who she is, or run away. Here’s her thought process:
“Wait, no, thinking it through,
Things don’t have to collide I know what my decision is, Which is not to decide.”
She chooses not to make a choice! Ultimately, this causes her even more pain because it just delays the inevitable.
Is that you? Have you chosen not to decide? Or have you just accidentally gotten stuck in a limbo of too many options so you don’t take action because you’re overwhelmed?
You don’t have to stay stuck! In fact, the simple reality that you’re here is a great first step toward your own health and well-being. Ready to make some big changes in your life?
Here’s your homework for the week:
1. Choose a horse and ride it. Whatever you’re reading and hearing about weight loss, just pick one thing so you don’t experience paralysis analysis.
2. Set everything else aside. Commit to your horse for three months, and don’t let anything sidetrack you!
3. Take our FREE 5-Day Self-Sabotage Detox. Smart women are the biggest sufferers of self-sabotage but it doesn’t have to be that way. Click below to join our FREE 5-Day Self-Sabotage Detox
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You’ll start to see results more quickly when you pick a horse and ride it. It can be tough to limit your information intake, but trust me, the results are well worth the self-discipline.
SATISFY - HOW TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AGAIN
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
-Norman Vincent Peale
If you’ve been dieting unsuccessfully for a long time now, you may have lost confidence that you can lose the weight and keep it off. You might feel hopeless, exhausted and really, really sick of playing “the weight game.”
I get it. I know what it’s like. When you’ve tried – and failed – so many diets, you might even start to wonder what’s wrong with you. “Why can so many other people stay thin and look great while I struggle to maintain my weight, let alone lose it?”
It can feel so frustrating.
Here’s the good news: this struggle has nothing to do with your worth as a human. There’s nothing wrong with you, and just because you haven’t done it yet doesn’t mean that you won’t! Time and time again I’ve seen my clients lose weight and keep it off, but here’s the thing: they know something that you don’t know yet.
Just because you haven’t lost the weight YET doesn’t mean you won’t! Here’s how to keep believing in yourself.
They know that diets don’t work.
Once you accept that simple fact, your weight loss journey will become much easier!
Diets Don’t Work
There are so many fad diets out there it’s impossible to keep track. Each one of them banks on a gimmick or two (or three!) that might feel “new” and “fresh,” but really they’re variations on a theme: some kind of deprivation/restriction that simply isn’t realistic to maintain for years and years.
Diets don’t work. If you’re on the verge of quitting – don’t do it! Don’t throw in the towel just yet, because you can succeed at this, I promise!
You CAN lose the weight, and you don’t have to be a vegan marathon runner or a hardcore paleo Cross-Fit expert. Not by a long shot! In fact, I even tell my clients that you don’t have to eat a perfectly healthy diet to lose weight, and you certainly don’t have to deprive yourself of the things you love most.
Doesn’t that sound like a relief?
I’m All About Small Changes
In the Eat Train Win world, we advocate small changes. Small steps, small wins, small victories. Why? Because those small steps can lead to really big changes, like losing pounds, feeling more happy and free, and ultimately living a much better life.
I’m all about celebrating what I like to call the 1% wins. A 1% win might look like ordering a salad instead of fries, or purchasing fruit instead of candy at the gas station. Those things are wins. They’re small, 1% wins.
When you can repeatedly score these 1% wins, you can build up your confidence. And when you confidently repeat these 1% wins, they’ll turn into healthy habits.
Ding ding ding! Do you know what happens when you integrate healthy habits into your life on a daily basis?
That’s right – weight loss! Balanced moods! The desire to exercise and have sex and sleep well at night! A better life!
In sum, healthy habits come from small, 1% wins and in the long run they equal a healthier lifestyle.
Pinpoint Your 1% Wins
To get started celebrating your 1% wins, take a moment to think of five of them that you have accomplished over the last week. Hey, this can be as simple as “I brushed and flossed my teeth last night before I went to bed.” That might be a win for you if you have trouble keeping up with your dental care!
Think of five 1% wins and take a moment to feel proud of yourself. Those wins might seem small, but imagine how your life would be different if you integrated them into your life every single day for a year.
Yeah, things would be different, wouldn’t they!?
Your weight loss journey is not hopeless. Instead, it’s a beaming, shimmering light of