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Health and Weight Loss: Which of these “P’s” Are You Stuck On?

If you have been unsuccessful trying to lose weight for any length of time, chances are you are stuck on one of these “P’s:”

Panic:  When you think about your weight, do you begin to panic, feeling that you will never be able to do it?  That you HAVE to lose a certain amount of weight or else? Does stepping on the scale cause you to fall into a cold sweat?  Does the thought of trying on a swim suit or new outfit cause your stomach to knot up? Well that feeling of panic is connected to fear which is a form of stress. Stress is more likely to lead you to emotional eating and releases stress hormones which cause weight gain! The exact opposite of what you want.

Perfection:  If you believe you have to “do it perfectly” otherwise you will not succeed, this P may be the reason you are constantly failing. I hate to burst your bubble, but no one does it perfectly. No one. Not me. Not you. Not any one.  Why do you think you can or even that you should?  Honestly, perfection is highly over-rated.

Powerless: If you’ve tried several (or numerous) times to lose weight and have always ended up failing and gaining it back and more, perhaps you feel powerless to achieve lasting weight loss. I believe it’s important to acknowledge this feeling if you have it. Acknowledge it – but know that it isn’t the truth of the situation. It is simply a past fact. You may not have been successful before, but it doesn’t mean you can’t be now.

Punishment:  Do you feel so ashamed and guilty when you “mess up” that you believe you must punish yourself? Again, the truth is this will only push you further into stress eating, frustration and discouragement. A perfect recipe for self-sabotage.

Why not choose to intentionally focus on these P’s instead:  (Keep Reading Here)

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Comment by Ann Musico on March 10, 2014 at 3:33am

It certainly is Pei and affects so many of us!

Comment by Pei Kang on March 9, 2014 at 5:22pm

Perfection is a biggie! "having to do it right" keeps us from doing anything at all. Thank you!

Comment by Caroline Gavin on March 8, 2014 at 9:03am

Thank you, Ann! I appreciate your sharing posts that are rich with information, actionable instructions, wisdom and encouragement!

Comment by Ann Musico on March 8, 2014 at 5:49am

Thank you Caroline - perfectionism has gotten the best of me at times as well.

Comment by Ann Musico on March 8, 2014 at 5:43am

Haha Deb that's a great one!

Comment by Caroline Gavin on March 7, 2014 at 2:48pm

Ann, another powerful post...and these are some potent P's! I have found perfectionism to be a painful trap, but patience, perseverance and progress are excellent remedies! Once again, I am blessed and enriched by the wisdom you share! 

Comment by Debbie W. Wilson on March 7, 2014 at 2:39pm

Ann, I'll add another P, procrastination. I can wait another day!

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