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    Self Permission = Self Sabotage

    queenofkaossizzlinsand110.jpgYou might wonder why the act of detaching sensory satisfaction from a food will make it easier to resist.

    Apart from the obvious, we want it for the sensory pleasure that it gives us, even if we don’t even pay attention half the time to what we are eating (that’s a whole other story!), there is another very important component to it.

    That is Self Permission.

    When I first started surprising myself by loosing weight, I realized that one of the key reasons was that I was no longer allowing myself – or giving myself permission – to have those little treats, here and there and far too often, that was keeping my weight on.

    Trips to the cupboard for a small snack, void of nutrition when I wasn’t even really hungry. Seconds during a meal, when again, I wasn’t hungry.

    A little bite here, a nibble there that I really didn’t need but was telling myself that I could have because I’d “make up for it later”, which of course never happened.

    As soon as I firmly and concretely took away permission for myself to do these things, and actually self disciplined myself to follow my own orders, I found the weight coming off, and I found that I didn’t even really want the stuff, I felt better without the bloated feeling that it gave me. Not to mention the guilt and tight clothes.

    ACTION TIP

    Are you self sabotaging your weight loss efforts by telling your self that this little bit won’t hurt just this once (and again in an hour and an hour after that?)

    Lay down the law and admit that it is hurting you. Withdraw your permission to your self to eat what you know you don’t need, and what your body doesn’t want.

    Glow with the great feeling you get when those crackers stay in the cupboard instead of on your hips.

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    It is definitely the time of year to be getting back on board with a Fit Yummy Mummy 12 Week Challenge – I am counting down the days to being 10lbs lighter and 12 weeks stronger!

    Holly gives us assignments throughout the challenge, today it is to examine perfection and the effect that it has on our results – and how it can more likely than not cause more trouble than it saves. I am looking at that today.

    How about you. Has perfection ever brought you down in your efforts to lose weight or get healthier?