I have heard the negative beliefs over and over. They are all some version of the following belief: “I can’t lose weight; there is something wrong with me.” I have also heard all the proof for this belief. It includes past attempts and diets, no motivation to exercise, slow metabolism, no willpower, and genetics. This “evidence” is spoken to me as irrefutable truth. The broken self-promises are all pulled out as proof that you are somehow broken and not able to lose weight permanently without a struggle.
I am here to tell you that you are WRONG.
I know that sometimes it is hard to hear that everything you have believed for so many years is a lie-but it is. I know that you might have been told that you have to go on some crazy diet or get surgery in order to keep weight off permanently. I know that there are many examples of other people who have attempted to lose weight and have been unsuccessful. But none of this is evidence that proves you cannot accomplish permanent weight loss for yourself.
You can lose weight, keep it off, and end the struggle.
I don’t care what anyone else has told you. I don’t care how heavy your mother is. I don’t care how your sister struggles too. None of that means you can’t be free from overeating and excess weight.
So I am asking you to prove yourself wrong. Be willing to admit that you have made a huge mistake in believing that you can’t lose weight. You have really screwed up in perpetuating the struggle by believing that somehow you don’t have what it takes to live in a body that is at a comfortable and natural weight.
It was hard for me to admit that I was wrong. I don’t like being wrong (just ask my husband). But I was wrong. There wasn’t something different about me that made it impossible to lose weight. I was wrong when I believed my mother when she told me, “You will always be a big girl, and you will always have to watch your weight.” She was wrong and I was wrong to believe her.
I am tall-not big. And I don’t have to watch my weight; I have to watch my beliefs. And when I find one that is not serving me or working for me, I am willing to prove myeslf wrong.
Are you willing to prove yourself wrong?