Get Out of My Way, Pinocchio!

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

artist's paletteWhen it comes to losing weight, are you the type who doubts your ability to succeed? Has being overweight taken a toll on your self-confidence and self-esteem?

You’re not alone if it has.

We all know that being overweight can play havoc on a person’s physical health, but, what’s less talked about is how it can trounce on one’s emotional health, too.

Those years of failure, hurt and fears tend to build up inside of us. This negative attitude holds us back from getting to a healthy weight as much as eating too much and not exercising.

If we want to be successful, once and for all, we have to confront that inner voice of ours that lies. It’s the same nasty voice that tells us that we’re not smart enough, capable enough or worth it enough to achieve a healthy weight loss.

Getting our self-confidence back doesn’t happen overnight (and neither does weight loss). But you begin to replace doubt with belief immediately after you seriously commit to better food choices and exercise. And the transformation takes on a life of its own from there.

People always say that Weight Watchers is about losing weight. That’s true but the sentence isn’t quite complete; Weight Watchers is about losing weight and getting back one’s self-esteem.

Small everyday successes, like planning out a grocery trip and filling the cart with healthy items or dusting off the treadmill and walking on it for a ½ hour, take on a life of their own. Small successes build up and develop into mega-successes.

Do something today that you can be successful with.  We’re not talking a hike up The Himalayans. It could be as simple as tracking what you eat for a day or making a healthy recipe. Follow that up tomorrow with another positive behavior that you know you can handle and then keep building on your own momentum.   Your body will echo your efforts and so will your brain.

To accomplish anything that you really want comes down to your willingness to silence that distorted voice in your head and start working toward your goals…. not tomorrow, not next Monday, but right now. Pick up that brush and begin your work of art!