It’s 2013 and you want to do something about the effects of holiday indulgences. Maybe it was one of those seasons of too much drink and glittery consumptions.
You've considered meal plans, work out trainers and elastic waist pants. With a deep sigh, you still feel last
years ‘holiday love’ draped around your middle.
If you are bemoaning the seasonal excesses and needed weight loss- STOP!
Direct your mind toward desired goals using words and images to empower yourself. Remember these
three super powered strategies to reclaim your self-control around food and begin the new year thinner -
1. Develop a Personal Eating Philosophy (P.E.P.).
This core tenet defines your actions and could protect you from unnecessary eating. P.E.P. is your selftalk
for all food related decisions and also offers a chance for contemplation when you feel the impulsive
urge to grab food.
Keep your P.E.P. simple, meaningful and personal. I am not referring to a flimsy rant, such as, “I’m not
eating ... I’m not eating.” Choose words that feel right and true so you stay decisive.
“I decide.” “I have enough.” “I stop now.”
Think your P.E.P. when someone approaches you with food and when it’s time to eat.
2. Imagine Being Thinner Now
Pull down an imaginary movie screen in front of you. Construct an image of yourself fitting comfortably
into clothing that currently fit too tight. See yourself thinner. Breathe in the joy of accomplishment. Behave
as if you have already achieved your goals, i.e. walk taller, be happier, and you can even eat less. Visualize this image
several times a day.
3. Visualize Ultimate Discipline
Mentally rehearse yourself being disciplined in a high risk environment, even if it’s the family room.
Get clear on how you will respond to cues (someone’s guilt trip, the chips in the pantry). Visualize yourself
behaving with an authority that supports your goals.
Imagine how you will think and act through every moment while in the hot spot. Plan, then visualize, your evening on the way home from work or on the way to an event.
To experience the feel of ultimate discipline, breathe in your P.E.P., create images of yourself thinner and
then visualize a mental and behavioral strategy to stay attentive and empowered during times of
Applied mind power strengthens your goals. Practice these three super powered strategies to create the
change you want as you step into the new year! Have a happier one with this jump start!
Sanna Carapellotti, MS CHt
Pittsburgh Advanced Hypnotherapy