Saturday, June 28, 2008

Struggling to Lose Weight? Change Your "Thinking" Habits Now!

I lost 65 pounds and donated all my too-big clothes to charities and shelters. No more size 22 for me! Or size 20, or 18, or 16, or 14, or even 12. Now I am a perfect size 10 and I don't run from the camera anymore.

How did I do it? I'll let you on on my secret, but first I'll tell you what I didn't do:

- I didn't undergo any type of weight loss surgery.

- I didn't join a gym or higher a personal trainer.

- I didn't sign any contract with a nationwide weight loss chain.

- I didn't fast or go through any type of detoxification.

- I didn't take any kind of weight loss drugs.

- I didn't buy the new-fad-diet book telling me to eat things that make me cringe. As a matter of fact, I didn't spend a single dime! And the process was so natural, easy and permanent, I want to share it with anyone that feels one of the things listed above is their only alternative.

The process I stuck with that helped me shed 65 pounds came almost by surprise. I was significantly overweight - no doubt about that! But more bothersome than my size was my fear of mere existence. Life was painful. Not because of my weight, but because of the gigantic hole in my self-esteem. I felt unworthy, vulnerable, petrified, alone and unequipped to survive life. I went to bed at night hoping I wouldn't wake up in the morning, because nothing could feel worse than waking up.

The circumstances that led me to that dark place don't really matter. What matters is how I got out of the place and the impact it had on every single are of my life. The process changed my self respect, my outlook on life, my relationships, my choices, my health, my desire to live, and as an added bonus, the process changed my size!

Are you ready to hear my secret? I stood in the mirror and said "I LOVE YOU" over and over a few minutes each day for weeks, then months, then years. Once I started to really believe what I was saying, that I really loved myself, my shape started to change. Weight started coming off without any diet or exercise. In addition, I practiced visualization and created a picture of the perfect life in my mind. I visualized my very own life the way I would want it to be, not the way it actually was. Just like a child engrossed in a fantasy. I couldn't believe the change that started to occur after several weeks of this sort of practice for only 5 minutes a day. My weight started to come down little by little. But then other changes started to occur (that I go into further in the story).

The point is, what you focus on expands. If you think about illness all the time, chances are you will attract illness into your life more than the average person. If you constantly complain about a lack of money, chances are you will experience financial hardship. If you find fault with your spouse all the time, chances are you relationship will suffer more often than not. And if you perpetually whine about your own appearance, chances are your body will become less appealing to you as time goes on.

Don't fool yourself into thinking that its no big deal to criticize your body to yourself or to others. This IS a big deal. And when you begin to retrain yourself to only speak highly of yourself, exhibiting appreciation, love and self respect, you will begin to see some amazing results.

Here are 3 reasons changing your thinking habits will change your size:

1) As you practice sending positive loving thoughts and words to your body, you will be less inclined to attack or offend yourself. Your body will respond favorably and respect you in return by providing you with unyielding will-power and a decreased appetite. You will actually acquire a taste for foods that are beneficial for your body (without having to force yourself to eat something you never liked). And you'll find the high-in-fat comfort foods that you use to crave become completely unappealing and quite possibly, repulsive.

2) Because loving words and thoughts contain such a high vibration or positive energy, you will immediately feel more energetic, lighter and active. You'll be more inclined to walk, dance around, or incorporate simple exercises into your life. Believe it or not, you will find it is actually difficult to stay still! And within a short time, an exercise routine will become more addicting than your former need to consume junk food.

3) There is a physiological change that occurs on a cellular level when positive words versus negative words are directed at an organism. Spontaneous healing, miraculous feats of strength or a deceleration of the aging process have been known to occur based on the energy of the spoken word. If you want more evidence, read "The Hidden Messages in Water" by Masaro Emoto who conducted experiments with water exposed to positive versus negative words. The results were amazing and the book provides the proof (along with some incredible photos). The human body contains 70% water - imagine the benefits overall.

Here are 3 ways to change your "thinking" habits starting today:

1) Spend at least 10 minutes per day saying "I love you" to yourself. You can do this in the mirror, in the shower, in the bathtub, or while meditating or taking a walk. It doesn't have to be boring; be creative! Flirt with yourself and say things like "You sexy thing, you've still got it!" Or be proud of yourself and say things like "You are amazing and I love your victorious spirit" or "You are unique and special and I love you no matter what you've been through or what anyone else thinks about you".

2) Visualization is essential to losing weight! If you want to lose 25 pounds, visualize yourself at that desire weight now. Remember, the idea is to stay in as positive a frame of mind as possible. A negative frame of mind will keep the weight on! Elevate your mindset by faking yourself out! Pretend you are as small as you want to be and then rejoice yourself right into a lighter body. It's call "Acting as if you already are what you want to be" and it works.

3) Write a letter to yourself today, but date it 6 months from now. In the letter, write how proud you feel now that you've achieved your weight loss goal (even though in reality, you haven't started to lose the weight yet). Similar to visualization, this is also an act of keeping your mind in a positive place and attracting the "picture" you actually want into your life. The letter can say something like, "I am so proud of myself for losing those 45 pounds. I look fantastic and I have so much energy. I have gone down 4 sizes and love my handsome new wardrobe. I am walking 3 - 5 miles daily and have never felt better. And I love all the attention I'm getting!" Once you write this letter, read it daily and believe that it can be achieved. And before you know it, you will be there.

The trick is to change your "thinking" habits. Instead of saying things like "I will be so happy when I lose this weight" change your wording to "Now that I am happy, I am losing weight". Do you see the difference?

I help people achieve their goals whether the goal is to lose wight, build self-esteem, change careers find an intimate partner, leave an unhealthy relationship, etc. I can help keep you accountable to reach your goals too. Visit my website and schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation today!

Lynette Landing is an enthusiastic speaker, personal development coach, business owner and a professional member of the National Speakers Association. Lynette is an authority on personal empowerment; specifically building self esteem, overcoming strife, coping with change and expanding one's comfort zone.

Once a penniless, single mom forced from her home with her 6 year old son, Lynette abandoned her complete lack of self-worth and became engrossed with studying the habits of leaders, self-made successes and entrepreneurs. She developed her own life-changing tricks to creating a successful life and manifesting her heart's desires. Today she helps others to set and surpass their own goals by bringing her motivational message to individuals and groups. Lynette's company, Look for the Sun Empowerment Center offers a variety of empowering classes on/off site. Her classes offer strategies for mastering new personal and professional heights. Visit and schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation with Lynette today!


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