Is that really news to me? Deep down I always knew that it wouldn’t be a ‘quick fix’ and that I had to embrace life long change, but I wasn’t ready to face that at the beginning of this challenge.
At the beginning to make the sacrifices necessary for weight loss I consoled myself that it was only for a short period, and this helped me to cut out the crap. As the challenge has gone on I’ve felt stronger mentally and physically, and determination has taken over! What used to feel like a sacrifice now feels like a kindness to my body; how I eat and exercise reflects who I want to become.
The 6 week challenge will officially end in a week, and before it does I’m reaffirming my purpose and my vision while my commitment is running high. In this way when I celebrate the achievements I have made I will look at my goals and know that I’m only part of the way there.
Embed Your Goals In Sensory Memory
As a teacher when I want my students to embed a concept I use a tool called a Y chart. This is really effective because it gets them to engage with a concept on a sensory level. You can take any subject for a Y chart and describe what it feels, looks and sounds like; for a weight loss goal this is perfect!
Having a clear purpose that is embedded at the sensory level helps me to stay connected to my goal in a visual way.
Create Your Y Chart:
Equipment: scissors, glue, coloured pens, coloured paper.
- Get a large sheet of coloured paper (A3 or bigger)
- In the middle of the sheet write your focus (weight loss, body transformation)
- Draw a huge capital Y on your sheet, make it appear to go behind your focus (see my photo)
- Your page should now be sectioned into 3 parts as the Y separates the areas
- Label the sections; Feels Like, Sounds Like, Looks Like (the order doesn’t matter)
- Now comes the fun part – filling it in!
- Feel Like – this section should reflect the things you’ll feel once you’ve achieved your goal eg strength in my mind & body
- Sounds Like – imagine what you’ll hear people saying to you once you’ve achieved your goal. “You look great in that bikini!” What sort of words do you want to hear yourself saying? “Size 14 is too big for me!”
- Looks Like – use images in this section, either body shapes that inspire you or photos of yourself when you were at a weight that you associate with feeling happy.
- Now sit back and admire your work, it should reflect a very personal vision of where you want to be.
- Stick it up somewhere where you will see it every day; mine’s in front of my desk where I write, but on the wardrobe door, bathroom door or inside the pantry are good places that you’ll visit frequently.