Ann casey is still losing weight with motivation

Wednesday, 18th February, 2015 3:26pm

Ann casey is still losing weight with motivation

Despite Valentine’s Day treats, I still lost another 3lbs this week and feel fantastic.
On my first visit to Motivation in Navan, I would never have believed I could have kept this up or that it could be so easy.
I’m really beginning to notice the benefits now, able to walk longer without getting breathless as there is quite a bit less of me to drag around!
I’m starting to exercise again - I had gained such a lot of weight it wasn’t easy to be active, but now I feel I can get going again!
I’m also better able to cope with special occasions and temptations that arise - I had a lovely St Valentine’s Day and a delicious meal, but it was healthy and didn’t derail my weight loss programme!
Motivation has changed the way I think about foodl. It is just not as important - its just fuel - not something to turn to when I’m bored, fed up or worried about something!
The Motivation Weight Loss Programme really works on your mindset and mental attitude and one the tasks set for me this week was to look at boredom and how I deal with it.
Until I visited Motivation in Navan and had the benefit of my my counsellor, Siobhan, there was only one way I dealt with boredom - by having something nice to eat!
This is one area that really resonates with me and a lot of my problems arise when I’m bored so I am taking the Motivation advice and doing something else.
Among the suggestions are going for a walk ( which is also good for weight loss), going to a movie, a concert, visiting a museum or even making a trip to the zoo.
Now as my main problem with boredom is on the dark winter evenings when my husband is working, most of those suggestions weren’t the answer, but surfing the internet, reading a book, doing exercise at home or emailing an old friend are all very good ideas suggested in the Motivation programme.
As for the suggestion of knitting or polishing the furniture - sorry Motivation, I think I‘ll pass on those.
According to Motivation when you get the urge to eat, think of any activity that has nothing to do with eating.
I have been advised to make a list of activites I could use when I’m tempted to eat. If I use the urge to eat as a signal for positive activity instead, eating will become less rewarding and the old associations between the urge to snack and eating will diminish.
When you see food, think about food or feel hungry when you are bored or lonely, eating them simply becomes a habit created by associaiton with boredom. The trick is to create new associations instead.
It is a work in progress. I am embarking on another week, witha greater spring in my step,  I will be sticking to my diet, taking on board the Motivation advice and will let you know next week, how I get on.

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