Limiting Beliefs Kept Me Fat

by | Mar 14, 2019 | Blog

I understand if you’re skeptical. A few years ago, if you had told me that overcoming my limiting beliefs was the key to lasting fat loss, I’d have dismissed you. I’d have rolled my eyes at your “woo woo” bullshit.

But, it was true.

Yes, I had a food issue. I had an over-eating issue. I had an all-or-nothing issue. I had an emotional eating issue. However, those issues were symptoms of an underlying problem tied to my own limiting beliefs.

I am certain that one of the primary reasons people are inconsistent and fail to create change (even when they want it desperately) is their pattern of focusing on changing their choices instead of focusing on changing their beliefs.

You can’t escape this true:

Your choices stem from what you believe. Your actions, decisions, reactions and thoughts stem from what you believe.

Your body is a barometer of your belief system.”

Your finances are a reflection of what you believe about money.

Your relationships are a reflection about what you believe about yourself, the relationship and the other person.

Your career is a reflection of your belief system.

Work with Elizabeth to tackle your limiting beliefs!

If you choose to believe and focus on the problem and the limitation, you’re going to move in that direction. You’re going to act in accordance with those thoughts.

For most of my life, my limiting beliefs about food and my body were pervasive and constant:

  • I’m an emotional eater
  • I’m totally an all-or-nothing person
  • I can lose weight, I just can’t keep it off
  • My metabolism is jacked up
  • I turn to food for comfort
  • I’ve always been “the big girl”

Wouldn’t ya know: my body reflected those beliefs! My choices reflected those beliefs!

In my late twenties, I decided to get out of debt. I had student loans, car loans and some miscellaneous credit cards. It took a little over a year, but through discipline and determination, I made it happen. My beliefs about the process were a huge part of it. I thought:

  • I’m making this happen
  • There will be ups and downs, but I’m not quitting
  • It’s worth the short term sacrifice for the long-term reward
  • I’m not stopping until the debt is gone

What would have happened without those beliefs? What if I thought about getting out of debt the way I was thinking about food and my weight?

  • What’s the point?
  • It’ll take too long
  • Something always comes up!
  • I messed up my budget this month – I’ve totally blown in

If I had those limiting beliefs about money, it would have never happened! Ever!

Fortunately, you are the thinker. You are not your thoughts. You can absolutely overcome any and all over your limiting beliefs if you’re willing to do the work.

Begin by identifying what you want. 

What is the change you want to create?

Who do you want to be?

What does the ideal version of you look/act/feel like?

Identify the beliefs that are limiting your ability to create that change. 

What thoughts or feelings run counter to those goals and desires?

In what ways are you blocking your belief or limiting your potential?

Establish new thoughts that drive new possibilities and expand your potential. 

If you were that version of yourself, what would you believe?

What is possible?

How can you support and encourage the change you want to make?

Admittedly, this is just a starting point. Sometimes, your limiting beliefs feel like fact. Often, the new beliefs don’t feel real, true or possible for you. That’s normal and it’s part of the process. In fact, it just goes to show the influence of those limiting beliefs and reinforces your need to break free from them!

If you want to take the next step in overcoming your limiting thought patterns, listen to episode 571 of the Primal Potential podcast. Not only will we go deeper into the patterns of these beliefs, you’ll hear me coach current clients through their own limiting beliefs and learn more about working with me to do the same in your own life!

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