Think Yourself Thin

What Is Your Intention?

Getting to your ideal size once and for all changes your life in many ways. Make sure that you are ready to live with the changes. They can be wonderful, and yet even wonderful changes can be unsettling and might take some time to get used to. To aid you in making those changes, you can use the following intention statements. These are very powerful and can let you make major changes in your weight and your life.

  • I am now a size _____ in body, mind, and spirit.

    Getting to your ideal size just in your body without mental and spiritual alignment can make you gain your weight back really fast. When all aspects of you are totally aligned with being and with staying at your ideal size, you will.

  • I am happy, comfortable, and safe being at my ideal size.

    For many people, feeling happy, comfortable, and safe at a smaller size can seem impossible. They have built a fortress with their body for protection. Find real ways that you can be happy, comfortable, and safe and not use your body as a fortress.

  • I honor my body and its messages.

    This refers to all the body's messages: the need to eat, the need to stop eating, and the needs for sleep, relaxation, exercise, and movement. You may have been taught to ignore the body's signals as an indication of inner strength. Now it's time to learn that a person can't be a good caretaker of the body by ignoring it.

  • I love, enjoy, and appreciate my body.

    Perhaps as you were growing up, you were taught that the body is bad. However, we figure that the body is how you get through this life. Without a body, well, you wouldn't be here. We find that when people can love, enjoy, and appreciate their bodies, often overeating as a subtle form of self abuse ends. Most of our weight-loss clients are “body” people. They require lots of physical activity—either passive or active—to feel good, to be creative, and to be happy.

  • I honor all of my emotions and use them responsibly.

    Rather than stuffing emotions with food, which is not using emotions responsibly, learn how to use and express them with love. Also, remember to lift your moods with cardio/aerobic exercise to get the endorphin lift.

  • I am in harmony with being at my ideal size.

    Be sure that all of the aspects of you can function fully and excellently when you are at your ideal size. If you have a tiny voice inside that is fearful or even alarmed at the thought, talk with that part until you understand the fear and can make changes so that all of you is in harmony.

  • I honor my sexual energy and express it appropriately.

    Sexual energy as we use it here is a fabulous life-force power that can be used to enhance all of your life. It is not only about physical intimacy but rather sexual energy in all its forms. Even if you do not have a spouse or lover, you are still expressing sexual energy in how you work, walk, talk, and eat. No, we're not in any way talking about promiscuity. We are talking about being in the flow of joy, abundance, and love.

Make these new ways of thinking a part of your daily life. Think about them, or say them to yourself during idle moments, such as when waiting for the elevator, waiting at a traffic light, or standing in line at the grocery store. You can't overdo them and repetition brings the rewards you desire.

To start using these intentions, set aside some time. Then take each one in turn and say the intention to yourself. As resistance comes up, listen to your inner resistant reasons and then repeat the intention to yourself. Do this over and over again until you can feel in harmony or in congruence with each intention.

These intentions were carefully designed to include the biggest fears and resistances a person has about being at his or her ideal size. At the class session a week after we give these intentions as homework, the participants return looking radiant, as if years of weight gain have been lifted from their bodies (and for some of them, a dress size has been lifted also).

Using the power of your mind and doing some mental and spiritual work can magnify your weight-loss efforts. The mental and spiritual work is like a booster engine, accelerating your weight-loss progress and lightening up your life.

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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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