Change your Thinking and Lose Weight
(Vinod Anand)

Has your quest for the holy grail of dieting become a substitute for actually making changes required to take the ill health out of your current diet? If so, you may not realize your thoughts are key to your happiness and success. Do you look at yourself and say, ‘I am fat’, or ‘My hips are too big? Many of us look in the mirror arid immediately compare ourselves to those perfect human specimens we see every single day on TV, in magazines and in the newspapers. Often we talk to ourselves and make excuses, ‘It’s my genes, ‘I’m much too busy to get fit’, ‘I like myself this’, as a way of protecting yourself from the way we see ourselves now and the way we want to be. If we were to be truly honest with ourselves most people actually want to lose a few pounds - if we only knew how. The good news is you can achieve your desired body shape with the right thinking about yourself, an understanding of how to get optimal nutrition, healthy eating habits and how to incorporate activity into your lifestyle to keep your muscles toned. But most important of all, you need a regular mental workout to keep your self-image in shape. Self-image is closely connected to the success or failure of any goal you choose to seek after, but none more so that the goal to get yourself fit and healthy.

So how do you go about strengthening your self-image?
Well fortunately your self-image, just like your muscles, will respond well to a regular work out. You can actually strengthen your self-image with a few daily exercises.

Exercise One - Self Examination:
Start by compiling a list of all those negative thoughts your have about yourself m undisciplined, I can’t manage my time, I let people down, I can’t succeed, I don’t exercise enough. You will need to decide before you start this process that you wont get discouraged... these are things that you will admit to yourself but they most certainly don’t have to control your life.

Next, compile a second list including everything you like about yourself. Keep going until this list is longer than the first list you compiled. You might include things such as, I am a good cook, I can make people laugh, I contribute to the soccer club, my daughter loves the way I decorate her room.
Then, take your ‘negatives’ list and turn it into your potentials’ list. You do this by creating a positive self-image to every ‘negative’ you listed. Instead of ‘I can’t succeed, write a counter belief, ‘I will succeed’.
Ceremonially throw out the negatives list- you are saying goodbye forever! Burn them, trash them, and destroy them. They are no longer going to be a part of your thinking about yourself.
Now, keep your list of potentials in a prominent place: on your refrigerator door, in your daily journal, or in a picture frame on your desk. Make sure you have them in front on your every single day so that you are reading them constantly and reprogramming your daily thoughts.

Exercise Two: You Can Be What You Want to Be
Now that you have your list of potentials... run your own visualization stories so that you can ‘see’ yourself in a new light. For example, if your list of potential includes’! Eat just the right portions’, visualize yourself with a moderate portion on your plate, and feeling completely satisfied at the conclusion of your meal.
Read through your list of potentials every day taking a few moments of personal quiet time to reflect strongly on your visualizations. Try starting your day first thing in the morning and finishing as the last thing at night with visualizing yourself being the person on your list, and doing the things you want to do.

Exercise Three: Keep a Journal of Your Daily Successes
Keep a record of all the positive changes in thoughts you have about yourself. We all have triumphs and failures. You must record and remind yourself of the positive changes because our human nature will replay the negatives - sometimes blowing them out of proportion. It is important to nurture and celebrate the small steps you make everyday.

Exercise Four: Go Easy On Yourself - You Are Beautiful Work In Progress
Don’t listen to the criticism, not your own nor that of others! Remember you are the designer of your self-esteem, do not hand this over to other people. You are way too important to give this away. Protect your role as creator of your own self-image and do not, take on board negative criticisms. We all make mistakes, and mistakes can be used to help us learn. Do not criticize yourself for being human and making a mistake. The only last mistake in the one from which we never learn to grow.

Exercise Five: Forget About The Past
The only moment you can live is the current one. You can’t live in the future and you most certainly shouldn’t live in the past. The challenge is to take charge of our thinking so that we think in the same time zone in which we live! For example we may be tempted to think about yesterday’s failures. .lf only I hadn’t eaten second helpings’, ‘If only didn’t reach for the chocolate cookies’. If we concentrate on the mistakes of yesterday this will our brains to replay our failures and reinforce them to us.
Yesterday is over, today is where you live, make sure that today you do not replay yesterday’s failures and make your resolve to change today.

Exercise Six: Resolve to Change Today
Just as you shouldn’t live in the past, you can’t live in the future. You can only live or change today. The oldest cliché in the world is perhaps one of the greatest truisms of all.., tomorrow never comes!’
There is no better time than now. So, no matter what excuses you may have to wait to take those healthy steps you know you should take, none of them are valid. Do it now, do it today. Resolve, to make a different in your own life before you go to sleep tonight.

Author's Bio: 


Born in 1939, and holding Master’s Degree both in Mathematics (1959) and Economics (1961), and Doctorate Degree in Economics (1970), Dr. Vinod K.Anand has about forty five years of teaching, research, and project work experience in Economic Theory (both micro and macro), Quantitative Economics, Public Economics, New Political Economy, and Development Economics with a special focus on economic and social provisions revolving around poverty, inequality, and unemployment issues, and also on informal sector studies. His last assignment was at the National University of Lesotho (Southern Africa) from 2006 to 2008. Prior to that he was placed as Professor and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of North-West in the Republic of South Africa, and University of Allahabad in India, Professor at the National University of Lesotho, Associate Professor at the University of Botswana, Gaborone in Botswana, and at Gezira University in Wad Medani, Sudan, Head, Department of Arts and Social Sciences, Yola in Nigeria, Principal Lecturer in Economics at Maiduguri University in Nigeria, and as Lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria. Professor Anand has by now published more than 80 research papers in standard academic journals, authored 11 books, supervised a number of doctoral theses, was examiner for more than twenty Ph.D. theses, and has wide consultancy experience both in India and abroad, essentially in the African continent. This includes holding the position of Primary Researcher, Principal Consultant etc. in a number of Research Projects sponsored and funded by Universities, Governments, and International Bodies like, USAID, IDRC, and AERC. His publications include a variety of themes revolving around Economic Theory, New Political Economy, Quantitative Economics, Development Economics, and Informal Sector Studies. His consultancy assignments in India, Nigeria, Sudan, Botswana, and the Republic of South Africa include Non-Directory Enterprises in Allahabad, India, Small Scale Enterprises in the Northern States of Nigeria, The Absolute Poverty Line in Sudan, The Small Scale Enterprises in Wad Medani, Sudan, Micro and Small Scale Enterprises in Botswana, The Place of Non-Formal Micro-Enterprises in Botswana, Resettlement of a Squatter Community in the Vryburg District of North West Province in the Republic of South Africa, Trade and Investment Development Programme for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises: Support for NTSIKA in the Republic of South Africa, and Development of the Manufacturing Sector in the Republic of South Africa’s North West Province: An Approach Based on Firm Level Surveys. Professor Anand has also extensively participated in a number of conferences, offered many seminars, participated in a number of workshops, and delivered a variety of Refresher Lectures at different venues both in India and abroad. Dr. Anand was placed at the prestigious Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla in the State Himachal Pradesh, India as a Fellow from 2001 to 2003, and had completed a theoretical and qualitative research project/monograph on the Employment Profile of Micro Enterprises in the State of Himachal Pradseh, India.