The ‘Tipping Point’ when you decide ‘enough is enough!’

 

So what I discovered as a result of a recent facebook live I did (see below), is that what I have now decided to call the ‘tipping point’, is something that many of us relate to.
It seems those of us who have suffered for a long time with body dissatisfaction because of our size, seem to regularly have a moment where we tip.
This might happen when we look in a mirror and suddenly feel total disappointment with our reflection.
It might be a number on the scales that really depresses us.
It could be that there is an impending social event that requires dressing up for, and this scares the bejeebers out of us.
Have a peek at the video now, and see what comes up for you!  (The competition I talk about in this video is now over, and the lucky winner was notified in Sept 2017)

 

 

Anyway, whatever we want to call it, the benefit of it is that it can motivate us (or panic us) into action.
My question is ‘for how long?’.
My experience is that this ‘panic point’  can be useful in getting us motivated maybe once, twice or 3 times, but not indefinately.
Over time it loses it’s impact, especially for those of us who have a longstanding challenge with managing our weight….whilst it still may have the effect of springboarding us into action, the action doesn’t last.  Because we have repeated the cycle too often.

 

The novelty has worn off if you like.  And the shock, disgust and disappointment we feel for our bodies, does not motivate us to eat healthier, instead it wears us down.

 

In panic mode we may also start hunting around for the ‘best’ diet; the one that will give us the ‘quickest results’.  Or even better, what if we could find the magic bullet that would mean perfect body, minimal effort.
Reality check- there ain’t no such thing!  Not that will lead us to long term weight management anyway.  If diets really worked, why are there SO many of them and why is everyone still dieting?

 

This is why after so many years of experiencing the tipping point myself and observing others experiencing it too, I’ve come to the conclusion that we are doing things the wrong way round.
So my suggestion is that we take our head out of the sand now (even if we are in the ‘poodling along, in denial stage’), take a deep breath and make the decision to start appreciating and liking our bodies as they are right now.
This will allow us to clear the way to WANTING to take the best possible care of our poor unappreciated and disrespected bodies.  And it’s only once we embed new behaviours that are linked to PROPER self-care i.e. good nutrition, management of chronic stress, exercise, learning to soothe our emotions in ways that don’t involve food AND finding kinder ways of ‘talking’ to our bodies, that we will then clear the way to releasing weight permanently.
How about it?  After all how many more times do YOU want to hit that ‘tipping point’?

 

15 thoughts on “The ‘Tipping Point’ when you decide ‘enough is enough!’

  • August 20, 2017 at 3:44 pm
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    Is it the AAAARRGGGHHHH!!!!! Moment??

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    • August 22, 2017 at 10:15 am
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      Hah- yes love this Karen! x

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  • August 20, 2017 at 4:50 pm
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    Mine is.. I can’t carry on like this.

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    • August 22, 2017 at 10:14 am
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      Ah yes… that make’s sense Tracey! x

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  • August 26, 2017 at 2:05 am
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    How about the Oh God, that’s it! moment..?

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  • September 1, 2017 at 11:55 pm
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    I love the “tipping point moment” as a name. It’s what made me click on this post. 🙂 I call it, “the changing-room moment”. You know, when you dare to venture out of your wardrobe of deceptively stretchy clothes, and well-loved tunic tops, to try something on in the shops. And you realise that your size doesn’t fit, and neither does the one above that, and neither does the one above THAT. I had a hideous changing-room moment last weekend, when I didn’t even recognise myself in the mirror. I gave up a 30-year smoking addiction 18 months ago, and I have gained weight terrifyingly quickly since. I’m really fed up (literally!) and desperate to beat this once and for all. My dad gained 12 stone when he quit smoking, and suffered from heart problems, gout, diabetes and arthiritis – I’m really scared that that will be my future.

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    • September 8, 2017 at 10:23 am
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      Oh Kate, I can sense your panic. Giving up smoking is the best thing you could have done for your health so a huge well done. I gave up quite a few years ago and it was such a hard thing to do. You should be proud. Sounds like your dad replaced his nicotine addiction with a food addiction…..you can choose to take a different route. Wishing you all the best and please shout if you’d like to hop on a free call with me x

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  • September 2, 2017 at 6:01 am
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    When all the birthday presents you get in the size you suggested are too small and you put away in a drawer ready for when you can get in them.

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    • September 8, 2017 at 10:18 am
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      Hmmmm-not the best Kay 🙁 x

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  • September 10, 2017 at 4:03 pm
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    Yes it is a thing and for Me would label is
    “Enough is enough!!”

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    • September 12, 2017 at 2:24 pm
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      Nice and simple Janet 🙂 x

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  • September 11, 2017 at 12:12 pm
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    It’s the ‘unexpected camera moment’ for me. Just today our work published pictures on the public drive of a recent staff do and there was I in my bright orange top standing out. Thankfully I was smiling in them, but I was clearly a lot bigger than everyone else. It’s photographs that give me the first motivation to do something. But then I forget them and trail off. I saved these ones and I’m printing them to go in my purse as motivation to spur myself into looking after myself more.

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    • September 12, 2017 at 2:24 pm
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      I hear you Karen- somethimes the camera shows us that we look different to how we think we look. There’s a big part of me that wants to shout out- ‘What’s wrong with being bigger?? We can’t all be the same size’, but on the other hand I know how that feels. I’m so glad that your goal is to look after yourself more x

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  • September 11, 2017 at 6:45 pm
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    Decisionpont – when change needs to happen. I think mine was seeing a photo after I’d had my daughter & when she’d started school decided I now had some time & could sort it.

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    • September 12, 2017 at 2:21 pm
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      Oh yes- decision point makes sense 🙂 x

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