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Do your New Year’s resolutions always start with losing weight? When January starts are you always a little bit heavier than last year. Are you always thinking along the lines of if I could just lose half a stone by the end of the month.
Losing weight is difficult and the older we get the harder it becomes. The new clothes we bought last year in the sales are now a little bit tighter than they were before. Our wardrobes are full of clothes that aren’t quite comfortable.
By the end of January we give up in despair. We tell ourselves that now we have eaten all the chocolate and treats left from Christmas, we will start dieting properly. We will have lost that extra weight by the end of February but then along comes Valentine’s Day or a birthday and here is another box of chocolates.
The shops start to fill with Easter eggs and the weather is still cold. We tell ourselves we deserve a treat and that and as long as we have lost weight before summer holidays all will be well. Why is it so hard to lose weight? The newspapers, magazines and the internet are full of diets. There are so many different ones just this week I have read about the keto diet, the fast 800 diet, the fast 800 keto diet, the low carb dietB and more In addition to this there are diets to relieve our various ailments like recently I saw a diet to help arthritis and in the same magazine a diet to help you sleep.
Of course insomnia and arthritis and many more ills can all be helped if we lose weight. The big question is why don’t we manage to do it. Why will our resolutions in 2024 nearly all start again with losing weight?
The answer lies in all that conflicting information. It also lies in the fact we don’t actually think about what we eat. Our lives are busy and we grab our meals on the go. When working we grab a sandwich whilst at the computer and eat it without thinking about it.
Many of my clients list their healthy meals proudly and it is only when pushed
They remember the cakes, the chocolate bars etc. Recently in the newspaper someone said that taking cakes to work should be banned. Everyone knows how it cheers us up if someone brings cakes into the office.These cakes are okay and do no harm as long as you remember them and forgo the chocolate bar you normally eat on the way home from work, or ask you if you ever need that chocolate bar.
Becoming aware of what you eat and when you eat is the way to kick start your weight loss in 2023. Write it down and keep a food diary for a few weeks. You will soon be surprised at how much you eat without remembering it. This may stop you reaching for the biscuit tin when you are bored. When you find you have lost a few pounds then you have the motivation to carry on.
I have worked as a hypnotherapist in Leatherhead and London and I also teach hypnotherapy and train new hypnotherapists. I offer a full range of services including anxiety coping mechanisms, stress relief, weight loss, stop smoking and treatment for phobias online. Please get in touch to find out more.
Did you manage dry January or was it more a dry couple of days in January? Did your New Year resolution to go to the gym at least three times a week last beyond the first week of the month? Perhaps there are still left over chocolates that sabotage your diet.
New Year resolutions are almost always doomed to fail. We start off with the best of intentions but the cold weather and the general gloom at the beginning of the year weaken the best resolve we have and then we give up.
When we give up we then berate ourselves. We tell ourselves we are hopeless and we have no willpower. This further saps our confidence in ourselves and we become less and less able to make the changes we want to make.
Why do we beat ourselves up? What is the point in making ourselves feel worse? If our friends came to us and told us that they were a failure because they ate a bar of chocolate or failed to go to the gym, we wouldn’t tell them how useless and hopeless they were. We would encourage them to try again. Tell them that they can lose weight, get fit or find a better job, whatever their resolution is.
Why don’t we try it that way and encourage ourselves? If we have over eaten or if we drank too much over the weekend why don’t we tell ourselves we can start again? After all, a year is just 52 weeks so we can pick ourselves up on the 1st February and start again.
One of the mistakes is trying to do too much. In January we write a shopping list. We will lose weight, get fit, find a new job etc. What if we picked one small thing like cutting out the chocolate biscuits with our morning coffee as our resolution for February, rather than cutting out everything nice in January? After three weeks we wouldn’t miss the biscuits at all and we have achieved our resolution and if we slipped up one day that doesn’t mean total failure it just means you failed on that day. In March we can go back to the gym perhaps just once a week to start with and when it becomes a habit we can add more visits.
If we treat the start of each month as a New Year when December comes around we can surprise ourselves with a whole new us. Remember that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step: let February be the month you start a new resolution however small.
I have worked as a hypnotherapist in Leatherhead and London and I also teach hypnotherapy and train new hypnotherapists. I offer a full range of services including anxiety coping mechanisms, stress relief, weight loss, stop smoking and treatment for phobias online via Zoom. Please get in touch to find out more.
New Year 2021 is certainly not the same as any new year that has gone before. New Year resolutions are harder to make and even harder than usual to keep. Lockdown has led many people to eat more, drink more alcohol and exercise less.
There are many good exercise programs on line but if it is hard to motivate yourself to go to the gym when joining a gym involves a financial commitment, then motivating yourself to do a free on-line exercise class is even harder.
Working from home means a steady access to the fridge and to snacks, biscuits or crisps depending on your individual preference. When you are shopping, the temptation to put snacks in the trolley whilst telling yourself that they are for the children is overwhelming.
Alcohol has also been a downfall for many during lockdown. The stress of working from home combined with home schooling leads to the belief one glass of wine won’t hurt – I have deserved it – and the one glass often ends up with finishing the bottle before bedtime.
The Covid crises is continually on the news and we are all hearing about more and more people we know being stricken with the disease. It is not surprising that stress and anxiety are on the rise.
Hypnotherapy can help you take back control of your life. Here at my Leatherhead hypnotherapy clinic I am still seeing clients in a Covid safe environment and I am also treating people on line via Zoom, Skype etc. The relaxation that comes with hypnotherapy is beneficial in itself, an additional bonus that comes with treatment for other issues.
Recently a client rang about insomnia she had been unable to sleep for several weeks due to stress and worry. The first session of hypnotherapy gave her a good night’s sleep and then she learned how to deal with the stress and the worry
Hypnotherapy can help in many problems including weight loss, stop smoking and stress whether it’s on-line or a live session.
Contact me to find out more.