We don’t eat pizza or cake because we love them more than we love our health, we eat them because it makes us feel good. Then, at some point, we realize we no longer like the reflection in the mirror, we have to bounce into our pants every morning, and we don't want to go to go out with our friends anymore because we're embarrassed about how much weight we've gained. It MUST be time for another diet. Restrict our calories and sign up for a gym membership and everything will be okay, right? Temporarily, yes, but unless you can dig deeper and determine WHY you can't seem to stay at a healthy weight, you will be standing in the mirror trying to jump into your pants a year from now. Let’s use the analogy of a leaking pipe.
A diet is just like a bucket preventing water from flooding your home. As soon as you remove the bucket, your house floods and you gain all your weight back (and maybe more). The issue isn't the water dripping from the ceiling, the real issue is deeper, hidden in the walls, further up the pipeline where stress has actually fractured the pipe. Unless you are ready to identify the actual leak so that you can make the necessary repairs, you will likely be looking for the right “diet” for the rest of your life. Stress is one of the primary emotional triggers for people who over eat and one of the biggest hurdles I see my clients face. I can’t erase stress from anyone’s life, and I’m certainly not a marriage counselor or a work place mediator, but I do offer resources to help my clients identify their own “leaks” and give them tools and support to help them permanently repair the leaks.
Start with a something simple like using your lunch hour more effectively. Click here for a great article on some tips about how to use your lunch hour to increase your “success”. Even though the article is geared towards professional success, they are perfect for stress management as well.
If you are tired of struggling with the bucket and you need some help identifying your triggers and coming up with effective ways to deal with your triggers, please message me for more information.
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