We all have an “inner critic,” a little voice in our heads that nag, belittle, and pick on us for the stupidest little things.
Weight issues are no different, and you have probably heard your inner critic from time to time saying things like this: “Ugh, you are so disgusting. How did you get to be so fat? You should be ashamed of yourself. Why don’t you go on a diet? Nah, you probably wouldn’t succeed anyway, you never succeed at anything, do you?”
Ouch, it’s painful just reading that, isn’t it?
Sadly, for most of us, our inner critics are one of the major reasons that we gained weight in the first place, and likely one of the main reasons why we haven’t yet lost the excess weight.
Our inner critic’s job is to keep us locked securely within our comfort zone. Every time we try to do something good for ourselves, this little voice pipes up and talks until we’re so uncomfortable that we decide not to take the action we intended to a few moments ago.
Every time you decide to go on a diet, your inner critic tells you that you’ll fail. Every time you do indeed start a diet, your inner critic keeps telling you that you can’t do it, you’re wasting your time, you’re worthless, you’re ugly, and so on.
If you want to succeed at weight loss or anything else in life, you’ll need to ignore your inner critic. Believe it or not, it’s usually a compilation of old “recorded messages” in your subconscious mind that originally came from your parents, guardians, other role models, and even your siblings and peers during your childhood.
You don’t have to listen to it!
First of all, 99% of what your inner critic says isn’t even true. (Things like you’re worthless, ugly, etc.) Even the tiny percentage of things that may indeed be true (like the fact that you are overweight) don’t have to be true forever because you are fully in control of changing them.
So, the next time you hear your inner critic spewing nonsense, just smile and ignore it. It has no idea what it’s talking about – and it has no power over you whatsoever. Acknowledge this and continue on with your plans to improve your body and your life. You deserve it, you are strong enough, and you WILL succeed.
Take that, inner critic.