On Thursday of this last week I took my first step into the world of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and have to say I was almost quite surprised by some of the things I learnt about myself.
After viewing my food diaries (thats the ones I made prior to deciding to share with you guys) it was apparent that I was struggling with certain aspects of my food intake and still making bad choices or at least having bad food thoughts. Dreaming of burgers and fries might sound okay to the lay person because it’s only just dreaming of them. This however is not the case, dreaming of bad foods can lead to acting on those impulses with other foods. So instead of having the Double Bacon Burger and Fries I might decide that a high carb substitute is okay. I may eat a little ice cream, I may have a small piece of chocolate or a sweetie but whatever I decide, it is all linked.
What I need to do is re-program my brain to leave these thoughts alone and distance myself from them because they are not conducive to my weight loss and in many ways they are holding me back and stopping me from achieving my target, which turns out isn’t only weight loss but many other things that I subconsciously link to this weight loss.
Now I wasn’t abused as a child, I was loved by my family and hopefully still am. I had issues with my father but then what child doesn’t and they were worked out a long time ago so no deep rooted problems there. Even though I was bullied for a while, being the social chameleon I was I had good friends through school, in my younger days of adulthood and I still have good friends now. I just have something missing and that missing thing forces me to seek a solace in the food that I want to eat from the bad habits I have garnered over the many years of putting on weight. I had an epiphany as I wrote this piece and am going to speak to my NLP Yoda in a bit and ask if what I felt could be true so we shall see but in the grand scheme of things, NLP tells us that everything is linked. What we desire is linked to what we don’t have, what we priorities is linked to how it makes us feel and so it goes on.
I was asked to prioritise what I felt and wanted in life and obviously I shall keep my actual desires to myself but I was pleased to note that none of them centred around possessions or success so I could get possessions. None of them meant anything if I was alone and none of them meant anything if there was a greater cost to bear meaning I would not step over or sacrifice people and loved ones to get what I want. Another good thing to learn was that although I have issues at present I am not a malcontent and I am very happy with my lot. I honestly like my life, I like where I live, I like my friends and my family and possessions as they currently are but I could see a happier future built on other things which was also very nice to see.
So today I reflect on the session and I see the benefit, and whereas before I would simply hope I can put it all into practise, today I am positive that I can.
Watch this space.
FOOD DIARY: Friday 8th May 2015
|Qty||Measure||Food||Calories (gr)||Protein (gr)||Carbs (gr)||Fat (gr)|
|2||Large||Eggs Chopped in a Cup||150||13||1||10|
|Lunch||1||50gms||Slice Of Toast||115||4.5||22||1|
|Water||2||600mls||Plain refrigerated purified water|
Exercise wise on this day I took a recommended rest day and neither went to the gym nor walked the dog, instead preferring to relax and recuperate. Consequently my Jawbone are non existent so at least I don’t need to bore you with the screen shots…!
So a shorter post than normal because I have no exercise to discuss. I shall be back at it tomorrow so you can see how I am progressing.
A quick question for today, when you have your rest days are you left feeling guilty?
Also don’t forget to tune into my You Tube channel today, I’m back out there but with a video that is a good deal shorter and hopefully a bit sharper, but I will let you decide. You can find it here.
Stay out of the fridge.