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How To Take Off 100 lbs (or MORE)! Ep 2 Homework

To sustain you through the hard times, you have to find your deep motivation--your Why.  Your Why is probably not what you think it is.  It is not usually related to appearance.  Whatever it is, it needs to be vivid and we need to make it crystal clear and able to be summoned at the smallest need.Human beings like homeostasis--that is, we like things to stay the same.  Even if a situation is uncomfortable, painful, or embarrassing, we quickly develop coping skills to deal with them, because our reluctance to change is stronger than our desire to have the new outcome.  Often times, things have gotten progressively worse but we haven't noticed how bad it's gotten because we are constantly adapting to the new conditions.  Just like the frog doesn't notice the water getting hotter and hotter until it is too late.

To combat this, we need to turn up the heat in our lives.  We need to heap pain on the status quo, the current situation that is bad, but that we have gotten used to.  And then we need to heap excitement on the new situation to help us get motivated and provide us the energy to change. 

We can accomplish both of these through a technique called Neuro Linguistic Programming, or NLP.  Answer the series of questions below, as I did in the video.  Be sure to feel the emotions, in the present tense, and make it as detailed and realistic as possible.  In the end, you should end up very ready for change, very excited to get started, and more than anything, you will absolutely know your Why.

Let's get started!

  • How do you feel when you binge on SAD food?
  • What would happen if you never took off this weight?
  • What opportunities have you missed out on because of your weight? People you would have liked to have a romantic relationship with? Jobs you didn’t apply for?  Vacations you didn’t take?  Were you able to enjoy activities that you did do?
  • If you put on 50 more pounds, what would happen?  (Clothes wouldn’t fit, harder to walk, feel terrible, not want to go out)
  • If you put on 100 more pounds? (heart attack? Cancer?)
  • What if you just kept right on, putting on more and more weight?  (Housebound, isolated, can’t breathe, etc.  Fire fighters getting you out?)
  • What if you do have a heart attack or a stroke?  What if your world became very small?  Who would take care of you?  Is that the life you want for them? 
  • What if you died?  What if you found out you were dying of something you totally knew in your heart you could have prevented?  How would your family get by without you?
  • Now you know my why
  • Now let’s use NLP to get excited
  • What if you stayed on your plan to the letter? How would you feel? 
  • What if week after week, no matter what, you stayed on track?
  • What if week after week, you gently and easily removed 2-4 lbs., permanently?
  • What if people you hadn’t seen since high school saw you looking amazing, glowing, and feeling awesome and alive?
  • What if you saw your ex?  Someone who bullied you?
  • Where would you go?  What would you do? What do you want to try that you’ve never done?
  • What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

Ok my friends, you have your Why. Go forth and do great things!  If you want to, share your Why in the comments.

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Comment by Tracy Smith on September 29, 2015 at 9:39am

Heather, I've not been on here for quite some time. I just now saw this video and I have to say that it was truly wonderful! I'm in an Anatomy & Physiology class at my college right now and we just studied the brain. I can vouch for NLP. I had heard of it but never really checked it out. What you described is exactly how our brain processes stuff and it was exciting to hear you explain it. Thanks for giving me new motivation for my lifestyle. I'm doing research and gaining more confidence that I can do this. I've lost 30 lbs in 9 months so I'm already doing something right. Thanks again!

Comment by nathalie carles on August 16, 2015 at 1:28am

This one is very interesting. Thanks!

Comment by sarah walker on August 6, 2015 at 7:30pm

thank you ..I needed this today...and it was here. I appreciate you and your journey . thank you

Comment by Deborah Grissam on July 30, 2015 at 6:36am

Heather these are so good- to think about all the things that can trip us up.  It is all great when we are feeling great but it just takes one time to see  an ex or some weirdly emotional thing that can make a good day do bad….. and it always seems like a horrible surprise like a bridge that was washed away.  

Thanks so much !

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