The Key to Easy Permanent Weight Loss:
Hint it isn’t Controlling Your Behavior!
Plus, Free Coaching Offer
Hello beautiful Nuuaria community. It’s Lori, Certified Nuuaria Method Trainer and Mentor here. Thank you for spending time with me! How are you? How are things going in your journey? I am curious if any of you have been putting into practice any of the tools that we have been sharing with you. I’d love to hear about it, how it’s going and if you need any help or support. Reach out and let me know.
As we always do, I want to spend a couple of minutes slowing us down. Last week we looked at a practice called a kinestetic anchor. This week, I want to share another tool which is great for those times when your thoughts are racing and you can’t seem to do anything to control them. It’s a situation that lots of us find ourselves in so it’s good to have a tool like this in your back pocket!
This tool is called rainbow colors. Just as you would imagine, it works with colors. In those moments when our thoughts are running away from us, we need something simple to slow us down so that we can step out of our thoughts and start to work with them. This tool simply asks us to focus on the colors of the rainbow. Remember the mnemonic ROY G BIV? Let’s go through at least the first three colors so that you can get a sense for how this exercise works. Look around and find all the things that you can see that are red. It’s a little like the Eye-Spy game huh? Now let’s look for orange. And now it’s yellow’s turn. As you can see, this tool is super simple. In those times when your thoughts are circling, you are probably feeling stressed and disconnected, you need something very simple. There are a lot of different ways you can do this exercise. You can close your eyes and imagine things that are the different colors. You can close your eyes and just imagine a giant ball of light that is the different colors. Maybe there is one color that feels particularly helpful or calming. You can just use that one. The next time your thoughts are circling or you’re having a hard time shifting away from certain thoughts, see if you can slow them or stop them using this technique.
Ok. On to today’s topic: The Key to Easy Permanent Weight Loss. Last week I talked to you about an all – important mindset shift that very commonly stands in the way of people’s weight loss success. That mindset shift was shifting out of the all-or-nothing way of approaching weight loss. I talked about how that mindset leads people to set themselves up in programs that are completely ineffective for them because they are unable to live restrictively. Their bodies and brains rebel in an effort to protect them.
This week I want to expand on that concept a bit and look a little deeper into how mindset in general plays into our ability to meet our weight loss or other health and wellness goals.
Usually people approach weight loss from the standpoint of just focusing on our behavior. We think eat this food, not that food, eat this many calories and do this workout and I will get results. How is that working for you??
This approach misses something very important and that something is the main principle we rely on at Nuuaria.
Here at Nuuaria, we understand that our thoughts create our emotions which create our behavior. Therefore, focusing on the end point (our behaviors) without looking at the thoughts and emotions that caused them will always lead to struggle rather than results.
When you are in a Nuuaria program, you are taught to work with your thoughts as a way to change your behavior rather than the other way around. When you change your thinking, your behavior changes automatically and EFFORTLESSLY.
For example, when you have the thought: “Weight loss is really hard for me, I was just meant to be heavy.” That thought creates an emotion (maybe despair or hopelessness) from that emotion stems your behavior. Maybe that looks like ordering the fries and hamburger because what’s the point anyway?
This is why all of our programs pair a comprehensive education in thought redirection as well as education in nutrition and habit building. You get to become a student of you. You develop an understanding of why you do what you do and have the opportunity to change the thinking that doesn’t serve you. It is the combination of these things that leads to real results.
Change your thinking and your behavior needs no control. It falls into alignment with your health and wellness goals without struggle or frustration. You and food become friends and all the important things in your life, like your relationships and what fulfills you gets to have your energy instead of the latest diet.
Let’s put a little bit of this into action for you. I’m going to share a little bit of the process with you and I want you to take it into your week and we will build on it in next week’s video. This is a sample of how the Nuuaria Method works and if you start to use it today, you can begin to make real changes for yourself.
We know that between 50-70,000 thoughts go through our minds on a daily basis. In fact, we are so bombarded with thoughts every minute that it would be nearly impossible for us to notice all of them. We don’t need to notice all of them anyway. What we want to notice are the ones that may be causing us to have less than desirable emotions such as stress, anxiety, overwhelm, depression, anger, discouragement, guilt, boredom etc.
When we experience these emotions, we know that there were some less than desirable thoughts that were in the background creating these emotions. These are the thoughts to take notice of and begin to work with.
The best way to go about this process is to set an alarm on your phone for 4 or so times a day and check in with yourself. How am I feeling. What are the thoughts that are behind that feeling? In order to access these thoughts, you want to do something called a brain dump. You literally let every thought that wants to come through come through and you write it down. Write quick and just let it flow. It doesn’t matter how irrational the thoughts are. These are the thoughts that we really want to get at, so just let them come.
Central to understanding how this process works is the understanding that you are not your thoughts and emotions. You experience thoughts and emotions but they are separate from you. When you step back and see that your thoughts are really just brain activity, you can start to see that you have control over them and you have the ability to create your desired reality by changing your thoughts.
I’m going to offer you guys some free coaching. Anybody who wants to can email me the results from one of their days. Of course, I would not share your name. It would be totally anonymous. Next week we will talk about those thoughts, we will find the thought patterns that might be present. These are things like perfectionism, circling, indecisiveness, there isn’t enough (time, money, love), procrastination, fear of criticism. It’s these thought patterns that just play in the background that cause us to behave in ways that we no longer want to whether that is eating too many sweets or eating large portions or whatever it is that is keeping you from your achieving weight loss.
Once you have identified some thoughts and thoughts patterns that are present for you, we can start to work with some of the tools and you’ll get a sense of how Nuuaria approaches thought change. If you are of the people who sends in your results, I can walk you through an understanding of how your thoughts are affecting your behavior and we can begin to change them.
I really hope at least a couple of you will take advantage of this opportunity. I think it will be totally fun and helpful to see how the process works for changing your thinking. So, just to clarify – If you are interested in getting a little free coaching, what you need to do is:
(1) In the next couple of days do some thought tracking. Set reminders or alarms on your phone to go off every 3 or 4 hours. At that time stop what you are doing and take a few deep breaths.
(2) Ask yourself what you have been feeling and then write down every thought that you can remember. This is called a brain dump and as the name implies it is your job to write down literally every single thing that you thought. The more irrational the better.
(3) Share the results with me by email- Lori@Nuuaria.com no later than Monday morning and I will use your thoughts to take us through a thought redirection process next Thursday on our video.
This will be totally fun. Once a person learns how to direct their thinking, there is literally nothing that stands in the way of them being able to create the life that they want and that includes easy, permanent weight loss.
As I mentioned, thought redirection is a big part of our programs here at Nuuaria. We are rolling out new programs and services to best respond to your needs. Just to mention a couple, we have our 24 week emotional eating program, and Nuuaria’s Jumpstart Weight Loss Program. This is a 6 week program geared toward getting you set up on a easy, sustainable plan for reaching your weight loss goals. Visit Nuuaria weight loss for more information or send me a note and I’d be happy to talk to you more about what you might be needing, even if that’s just some casual advice.
Remember, we are here for you and we love you.