Sabotage is very sneaky. It appears as those little, treacherous things that we do to prevent ourselves from succeeding and reaching a goal. Sabotage happens whenever we say we want to move toward one goal and then we do actions to move in another direction. Unfortunately (or fortunately) when we decide to lose weight we are the ones, not anyone else, who are most guilty of sabotaging our own efforts. The bad news is that we don't have anyone to blame but ourselves when we sabotage our own weight loss. The good news is that this empowers us to take our health into our own hands.
How We Sabotage
"Why would I sabotage my own efforts? I wouldn't want to hinder myself!" These might be common thoughts that go through your head. Sabotage is not always conscious. Some of the ways a weight loss endeavor can be sabotaged include eating an extra large piece of cake; not having healthy food available so that it is easy to grab what is convenience, quick, and not always healthy; going to a party really hungry so that it is more difficult to mindfully choose healthy foods; and making reasons up why we are not able to exercise. However, by being aware of the ways in which you can sabotage your weight loss goal, with preparation sabotage can be prevented more often.
5 Steps to Prevent Sabotage
There are 5 basis steps that you can take to set yourself up for weight loss success:
1. Have a specific plan for how you are going to lose the weight that you want to lose. These are guidelines that you establish for yourself and will follow to reach your goal.
2. When you wake up in the morning, and throughout the day, rate yourself. Ask, "What percentage of me is totally committed to following my weight loss guidelines?" If there is a percentage that is not committed to following the guidelines, beware, for this could be the percentage that may want to sabotage your efforts.
3. Ask, "What do I need to do to align myself 100% with my weight loss goal?" One way is to think of all of the benefits that you will experience by losing weight and then to write these out. Feel what it will be like once you have lost the weight. How will your life be improved? Make this so strong and vivid that it becomes a strong foundation of support for you.
4. Have a plan of things to do when you have the urge to sabotage your weight loss effort. Possible actions that you can take to avoid the sabotage include: going for a walk, petting your cat, reading an article in a magazine, reviewing your weight loss benefits list, or calling a supportive friend. This will distract you from the urge to sabotage and help you realign with your goal.
5. Use a technique such as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a mind/body therapy, to clear the tendency to sabotage yourself. Utilizing EFT with an experienced practitioner is a very effective for clearing limiting beliefs and assumptions. These can be the underlying emotional reasons why we sabotage ourselves in the first place. Positive Aspects EFT clears the blocks to losing weight, and then uplifting affirmations and goals are utilized to make weight loss and weight maintenance much easier.
To more easily lose weight and keep it off, use the above techniques and find a qualified EFT practitioner to help you in your effort.