Don’t Fear Fear
When it comes to health and nutrition, what are you afraid of?
- I'm afraid that eating healthy won't work, that my will power is not strong enough, that I won't look like myself anymore.
- I'm afraid it will work and I'll have to live a life of restriction forever in order to keep the weight off.
- I'm afraid if I lose the weight I want to, my relationship with my partner will change.
- Sometimes I think I wear my weight as a suit of armor, if I don't have the weight anymore, how will I protect myself?
- I'm a perfectionist, I'm certainly afraid of failure - failing to lose weight or keep it off or make the right eating choices, etc.
Being afraid is normal. Not knowing what is going to happen can be unraveling. Focusing on the ‘What If’s’ can be paralyzing.
Pick ONE small thing you could do today to confront your fear.
- The biggest thing I do to confront my fears daily is to stay with others who are in the same place physically and mentally as I am. Seriously. I can't tell you how many times I think to myself, "I thought I was alone in that thought/feeling/fear."
-Daily I fear this isn't going to work, but I still work on eating one healthy meal at a time. I don’t have to make or eat all my meals at once so why focus on them all at one time?
- Notice when I am feeding myself negative self-talk and then combat it with some affirmation - sounds a bit woo-woo, but it keeps me from staying still. I can move forward and plan my next meal.
-I know these "head fears” are in fact a way to sabotage myself. If I keep listening to the ‘What if’s?’ my fear is reinforced. Instead, I’m addressing fear, “Fear, I see right through you! And I'm determined to make it through.”
Fear is real. But like the monster under our beds as a child, find a way to turn the light on to diminish your fears. Then keep the lights on.
To your best health,