Think Yourself Thin

Ban Fat Thoughts


Take one day and monitor your thoughts about your weight, eating, and size. You might be amazed at the sheer number of negative messages you send to yourself. These kinds of thoughts only reinforce your weight issue and make it more difficult to attain your ideal size.

Stop telling yourself you are fat. Stop saying you are so big that …. Refuse to believe it even when the mirror says otherwise. You could be your own worst enemy when it comes to weight.

When Linda was overweight, she cried about it a lot and constantly talked about her problems with her weight, eating, and food. One day, as her husband was once again drying her tears, he said, “I think things would get a whole lot better if you would just stop telling yourself you're fat.”

Linda, already wounded, said, “So what do you know?” Later she had to apologize when she realized he knew a whole lot.

  • She stopped crying about her weight issue.

  • She stopped talking about it.

  • She stopped commiserating with her fat friends.

  • She stopped buying diet foods.

  • She stopped telling herself she was fat—and ugly.

  • She stopped seeing food as the enemy.

She gained control of her eating and lost weight down to her ideal size.

How High Is Your Desire?


Let your true desire fuel your weight-loss success. Wanting may not be the same as getting, but without the wanting, you most likely won't get. Build your desire and pave the way to your inner and outer success.

Ask yourself what percentage of the time you are willing to think and act as a thin person. How often are you willing to eat 0 to 5? How often will you eat sensuously and beautifully?

If your answer is about 50 percent of the time, your odds of success are less than 50 percent, more like about 5 percent. However, if you can give it your all, or 100 percent, for as long as it takes, you will definitely get to your ideal size.

But “as long as it takes” is sort of meaningless to schedule in your daily planner. So instead, ask yourself this question every day: “What percentage of my day was I a full participant in being a thin person?” If you had moments that were less than 100 percent, review each situation and ask yourself what you could have done better.

As long as you know deep in your heart that you are thinking and eating as a thin person every day, you absolutely know you will reach your goal.

When Suzie arrived at a luncheon date with a college friend with her hunger number way below 0, she could have eaten the proverbial horse, so to speak. Suzie dove into the white bread and then proceeded to eat all of her lasagna and salad. When she stood up to leave, she was between a 9 and a 10 on the hunger scale. Looking back on her experience, she could have ordered a glass of fruit juice when the waiter first came to the table and then sipped it slowly until her hunger level rose to 0. Then, when the entrée came, she would have had the ability to eat normally—that is, to eat from 0-5.

At the end of each day, ask yourself what percentage of the day you ate and thought as a thin person.

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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Healthy Weight Loss © 2005 by Lucy Beale and Sandy G. Couvillon. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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