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Is Thanksgiving Weight Gain Permanent?
There are three places you could be at right now:
- Maintaining your weight
- Losing weight steadily
- Overweight and are not losing any weight
If you overeat on Thanksgiving the first two are not going to affect your physique.
If you are the last…overweight and are not losing any weight than YES the Thanksgiving weight you gain is going to be permanent.
Let’s put it in a financial framework.
Weight gain and debt
It’s like accruing $20,000 dollars of debt and then adding an addition $5,000 dollars to your debt. Now, you are $25k in debt. Now if you don’t want to be in debt or in our case you do not want to be overweight…you are going to have a longer time paying off those extra calories your body is storing.
Now, the weight itself is not really the issue.
It’s how you think about yourself after overeating.
“I ate too much food. Why do I keep doing this to myself?”
“I’ll never lose weight”
“I have no control when it comes to food.”
“What is wrong with me? Why can’t I lose the weight?”
THIS right here is where the permanent damage comes in!
Your weight is neutral
When you gain weight, what do you tell yourself?
That you are a failure and a horrible human being that can’t do anything right…if you are shaking your head….I hear you. I have been there too.
What if I told you your weight gain is neutral?
Whether you gain, lose or maintain your weight is 100% neutral.
I’ll wait for that to marinate for a second….because your are not going to want to believe this.
How do I know this is true?
Because I can talk to a woman who is technically 50 pounds over her ideal weight and she could love being at that weight.
I could also talk to a woman who is 120 pounds and she could think she is overweight and be unhappy.
Your weight is neutral.
It is what you make your weight mean.
The potential damage to Thanksgiving weight gain
This is where the potential permanent damage comes in.
I also know this because I have been there.
As a former professional ballet dancer, you are required to look a certain way. When I would weigh in at 115 pounds it was considered unacceptable and I needed to be lighter. Fast forward to no longer being in the dance world at 115 pounds I would still feel huge and unacceptable.
Having just said that…did you say to yourself something like “I would love to be 115 pounds!” This right here is why 115 pounds is neutral.
This is why 200 pounds is neutral.
Pay attention to what your brain is telling you.
After learning about how my brain works (and I continue to work on this daily) I am more patient and compassionate to myself if I do gain weight.
The beauty of the mindset work I do on myself and with my clients is that I know exactly how to lose weight and can choose how I want my body to look.
If I am not looking the way I want it to there is something going on with the way I am thinking about myself.
THAT is what I work on.
Not adding an addition hour of cardio into my day or cutting my calories so I am miserable.
This is what I see women doing when they first start with me.
Notice what you think about your weight.
Do the thought work you need to do to get your mindset in the right frame of mind for losing weight and if you need help putting all the pieces together let’s chat. Click HERE to set up a complimentary consult today.
Have a wonderful day and join me tomorrow as we continue on daily Thanksgiving strategies to jump start your weight loss.