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My Starting Point For Success

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I thought that I would share a little about how my thoughts / psychology went when I managed to finally lose weight. I was successful in doing so in my twenties and that was a very long time ago - and the weight has stayed off, thankfully. Anyhow, I hope that this tale will be insightful and helpful to people.

Please note that I am relating my own experience and I am certainly not saying that any of this applies to anyone else.

I became overweight in my teenage years and I really liked myself less and less over time. I had developed quite a negative perception of myself by my mid-twenties. I was also fairly drained by the efforts I had made in order to lose weight.

I stood back and tried to look at my thoughts and actions from the outside. Very briefly, I noticed various patterns in my thoughts/behaviors:

- I would eat as a form of entertainment when I was bored, even if I was not healthy.
- The only reward that I ever gave myself was food.
- I would feel down about being overweight and I would eat to take my mind off it.
- I would eat so much that I would fall asleep and generally feel so tired that I would not make the effort to try to do any exercise.

Ultimately, I dealt with each of these issues :)

My main point is that I found it hugely important to find out where I was now, what I was doing and then tackle each issue. It's a little like saying that you have to know where you are on the map before you can chart a course to your destination.

I hope that this is of some use to somebody somewhere.
 
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