"I worked out this morning, so I can eat this chocolate"
"I have had a bad day, I deserve this treat"
"I have ruined my healthy eating today, so I may as well give up and start tomorrow"
"This is too hard, I am always going to be overweight"
What is Self Sabotage?
Sabotage; to destroy
Self Sabotage; the sabotaging, whether consciously or sub-consciously, of oneself
In relation to fat loss, self sabotage is when you destroy your own ability to achieve your goals by working towards your fat loss goals and then withdrawing from them. Often your mind can be your biggest enemy - where negative thoughts can begin to affect your choices and behaviours.
Some reasons for Self Sabotage?
Fear of failure
Lack of self esteem, self confidence and self worth
Inability to effectively control emotions - using food to cope with stress, anger, sadness, loneliness, boredom etc
Fear of being deprived whilst on a 'diet' (conscious or unconscious)
How do you end your Self Sabotage?
If you find yourself making excuses as to why you can not reach your fat loss goals or find you have an all or nothing approach, you might be self sabotaging.
To end self sabotage, you first have to recognise that we are doing it, address the underlying feelings, emotions, thoughts and behaviours associated with your self sabotage and start to reflect what you can do about it.
The main thing that we need to remember is; that when working towards permanent fat loss, it will never be perfect.
Think about it; If every time we failed at something, we said to ourselves that we would start again tomorrow, next week, next month or next year - we would never achieve anything.
Take each 'failure' as a success by learning from it and recommit to your health and fat loss once you have realised that self sabotage has occurred.
"Don't stand in your own way!"