A listener e-mailed me with a question as to how to apply “baby steps” to her weight struggle, here is her dilemma:
Hi Renee, I know you must be so busy with all your endeavors but I hope you will be able to answer this at some point. I love your podcasts and listen to them over and over and often! Although I haven’t lost a great deal of weight, I can see small, natural and easy changes in the way I eat and approach food in general. I am starting to feel ready to be more focused on my weight loss efforts (I would like to lose about 20 lbs that I have struggled with for most of my life) and this is my question. I have finally understood that the way for me to truly accomplish anything lasting is to approach change in baby steps, adding one habit at a time. I am comfortable taking my time, making sure each change is truly a habit before I go on the next step. (BTW, the website Flylady has been life changing for me in learning how to take care of my home and myself. She starts by having you keep your kitchen sink clean and shiny. When you have that habit down you go on to the next, etc, etc,.) This probably sounds like a stupid question, but what should my baby steps be? I think the first one is setting my intention every day (and I love to listen to podcast #3 to start my day) but then somehow I got tripped up on where I should go from there. I seem to jump around from “sitting down when I eat” or eating 5 fruits/veggies per day, etc, etc, but I don’t feel secure in what the next step should be. I have had success with Weight Watchers before but it just doesn’t feel quite right now. Do you have any suggestions?
Thank you Renee for all that you do (and I truly mean that even if you don’t have time to answer this question).
Here’s my response:
I recommend you start be setting a foundation of inner alignment. With this foundation, the behavior changes will be much easier as you won’t be conflicted about being healthy and slender. That is addressed in an early episode. I also offer a powerful guided journey called “Sabotage Self Sabotage” available on my site: http://mindforbody.hotdoodle.com/?section=377 if you are interested.