So here is a scenario, you’ve lost 20 pounds, you are so happy because you finally squeeze into the dress you’ve always wanted to fit into, you finally look like you’re losing weight, and it seems like you are unstoppable.
Then for some reason you keep eating too many grapes, start subbing in nuts to your diet, and every weekend is an excuse for some sort of carb load. You’re frustrated because you have now plateaued, and if your actions keep up you might start gaining the weight back. The deadline for your weight loss goal is approaching, and if you don’t smarten up soon, another failure is in the near future.
A lot of people self-sabotage. Whether it be at the beginning, the middle, the end, or after the end of the diet; there is always the hurtle of self-sabotage.
I find I do this a lot, in high school I lost 60 pounds, went to college and gained 30 pounds. Then I stalled for a year until I came home and started to lose weight again, I lost 20 pounds then stalled, then last month I finally lost 25 pounds, but now I have stalled again.
So what will I do? Will I give up? Will I just keep stalling until I pass my weight loss goal date and then give up? Of course not! What do you do when your system has gotten used to the challenge you set it?
You change it up to shock your body back into work. The same applies for working out to build muscle, the same applies to working at a hobby, paper work, and creativity, and the same applies to weight-loss and weight management!
So what is my plan? When you hit a plateau the reality is that your system is now sustaining itself based on the food that you are eating daily. In order to shock your system it means that you have to minimize your carb intake to shock your system into the new low of not being able to sustain itself on carbs.
So for me, what I have decide to do is another fast. First, I will do a 24 hour fast, supper tonight and then nothing until supper 24 hours later. After this, if the next day I feel hungry during the day, a hard boiled egg will have to suffice. I am going to attempt to cut out wine, as my beverage in the evening of choice, but I’m only human, so I will limit it to one glass.
But even with the best plan on this planet, it’s worth nothing if I keep self-sabotaging. So why do I do it? And how do I stop? I asked Dr. Laurie and here is what she had to say, and she suggested that self-sabotage is based in self-hatred, and self-hatred is to do with the trauma of the past that has gotten in the way. Part of the Emotionally Focussed eating program is to work through issues of the past that support the the need to self-sabotage, by dealing with the traumas of the past. Removing the emotional attachment to these negative thoughts, feelings and images, also detach the destructive emotional eating needs associated with self-sabotage.
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