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’?
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