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ASK MERRILY/Can’t Lose Weight

Merrily Preston
By Merrily Preston
Posted on Sep 21,2009
Filed Under Personal Development , Opinions,
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Photo by Flickr/karimian/57925008/<br /><br />Once you know what you want, write down your intentions (not what you will try to do).  An intention is a powerful, creative statement.
Photo by Flickr/karimian/57925008/
Once you know what you want, write down your intentions (not what you
will try to do). An intention is a powerful, creative statement.

I am a 55 year old female and just can't seem to lose weight. I know you are supposed to “eat to live,” but I “live to eat!” My life is very busy, and I eat on the run. My day starts at 4:30 a.m. with housecleaning. My work keeps me away from home for 10-11 hours a day. By the time I get home, cook dinner and do the dishes, it’s 7 p.m. Then I could exercise, but I am exhausted. I like the taste of many foods and enjoy every bite. I don't gain weight, but when I try, I don't lose it either. What can I do to break this pattern?

Chubby


Dear Chubby,

First, the derogatory name Chubby must go out with the trash and behind it the words ‘can’t,’ ‘supposed to’ and ‘try.’

Your day is too long and exhausting. Your pattern has no space in it for you. You have left yourself out of your own equation.

Your self-perpetuating pattern will continue until you ask what you really want in your life and why you want to lose weight (blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, fatigue, tight clothes, spousal disapproval?). Do you want to replace your spare tire with a fashionable belt?

Losing weight in itself is not a real or sustainable goal. Unwanted weight put out with the trash just comes back right in.

Once you know what you want, write down your intentions (not what you will try to do).  An intention is a powerful, creative statement.  E.g., I intend to allow my body to return to optimum health and ideal weight. Back this intention up. I intend: to know my body’s nutritional needs by listening to it; to eat the quantity of food that my body wants; to know which edible things my body considers food (much of what we consume is not real food); and to enjoy every bite. Read your intentions aloud daily first thing in the morning and before you fall asleep at night. Post them in plain view. Edit occasionally.

The wisdom of your body will help you with this project as you stay present with it as often as possible.  Keep in touch.

Merrily Preston is an Intentional Life Facilitator, who lives in Woodbridge, VA. Her column is exclusive to Local Kicks in Alexandria, VA.  Email questions to merrily8@comcast.net, or use online form at www.anintentionallife.com



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