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How to Get Past Self Sabotage in Meeting Your Health Goals!

Updated: Jul 3, 2023

Guest Blogger Amy Jackson - A Better Path Coaching

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Have you ever set a weight loss goal for yourself, and you’re doing good for the first couple weeks, but then you have a stressful day and you convince yourself that you’ve been “good”, you deserve a Venti Frappachino and Lemon Loaf from Starbucks.

Or maybe you’ve committed to working out 4 mornings a week. You get up early and hit your workouts hard for the first few days, but the kids are exhausting you and you stayed up late, so you skip the 4th day.

Or a personal favorite of mine, I’ve set a New Year’s resolution to quit drinking alcohol. But 2 weeks into January, my friends want me to join them to watch our friends band at the bar, so I’ll just have 1-2 glasses of wine.

UGH!!! This is self sabotage!!

When we start feeling really good in ways that are unfamiliar, sometimes our bodies freak out and want to get back to “normal”, so we’ll give ourselves a little extra to bring ourselves back into balance.

There’s also times that we’ll be doing really well on a goal and we’ll allow outside things to sabotage or derail our success.

Such as, when you go to a family dinner and your sister or mom tells you it’s okay to have a little more just this once. Oh, you can have cake, it’s a special occasion. I’ve heard that!!!

Or what about the idea that you’ll have to possibly buy a whole new wardrobe if you lose too much weight. Or your friends might not want to hang out with you if you’re losing weight and they might get jealous.

There’s so many ways these barriers can creep up and sabotage our health goals.

So what do we do about those little buggers?

We become aware of them.

Bring it out into the light.

Realize you are totally responsible for the success or failure of your goals.

It’s not someone else’s fault, although they may not be helping. It’s up to you to become aware of your triggers and ways you might self sabotage and come up with a better way to handle that situation.

But be gentle with yourself.

There’s a part of you that is responsible for keeping you safe and to make sure you belong. Recognize this and thank yourself for playing this important role in your life. The old ways of doing things like binging on junk food, skipping your workouts or negative self-talk worked in the past, but that way of being is no longer necessary.

Now it’s time to press into these positive changes. And it may be uncomfortable at first but you’ll be so proud of yourself when these scenarios come up in the future and you can stick to your goals.

Amy Jackson is a certified health coach and an active business member and ambassador with Live Well Kitsap. Live Well Kitsap thanks her for her contribution to this newsletter.

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