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Hello and welcome! Robert Dave Johnston here, Fasting Coach and webmaster of Fitness Through Fitness.com. In this short video I'm going to introduce you to a very powerful method that can help you to overcome fasting hunger and junk food cravings... and then - in the article bellow - I'll go into more detail and instructions to help you get started right away.
Distraction Visioning is a very powerful tool. I encourage you to read this page in its entirety and watch the video several times. Just a quick glance in passing won't do. This is serious stuff. What is more important than your health? NOTHING! If you truly want to make positive changes, you will need to take action. So please do that. Print out this page and review it. Watch the video and listen to what I am talking about with an open mind. Ok, enough blabbing.
Here's The Reality: Failure to overcome cravings is the number one reason why many remain overweight and toxic. Even though fasting offers quick weight loss, it is imperative to have a strategy in place to manage food and eating once the fast is over. So let's start doing that now! :-)
Every Waking Moment
One of the main reasons why I spent so many years in obesity and toxicity, I realize today, is because food and eating occupied most of my waking thoughts. It was all about when do I eat? what will I eat?
Most if not all - of my activities were surrounded by food and plans for eating. I could not even pump gas in my car without ending up inside the stations convenience store hovering over the pastry section like a desperate bird of prey. Donut and pizza shops spoke to me audibly. He-he. Well, not really but you get that point.
In short, it got to the point where food and eating defined me and was the most important thing in my life. I talked about food, thought about food and envisioned food, food and more food. Every problem, circumstance or unpleasant emotion could be easily cured by a pizza, donut or other toxic food. Eat now, eat more and eat, eat, eat was my motto. I want it all and I want it now.
This may sound like an extreme case, but such was my plight for more than 20 years. If you are more than twenty pounds overweight, then perhaps you may have some variation of this behavior. Whatever your individual situation may be, I hope to encourage you and motivate you to break eating habits that harm you.
You Reap What You Sow
Changing the way we think is one of the most important parts of any transformation process. What You Think Becomes What You Do, and What You Do Becomes Who You Are.
This truth has been documented many times throughout history. You Reap What You Sow, the Christian Scriptures say, and the Law of Karma in Eastern religions speaks similarly. The fact that I thought mostly of food, then ate too much, and then became obese showed me the absolute truth of these ancient principles. Indeed, I reaped 80 excess pounds that caused me to develop a serious liver illness, high blood pressure and dangerous cholesterol levels. Moreover, my self-hatred got to the point where I isolated from everyone and just hid in my apartment to eat.
So then, what could I do?
I knew that if I wanted to find freedom from such a terrible food addiction, then I was going to have to redefine who I was and what I did. This was when I started to practice what I came to call Distraction Visioning.
I had, in essence, been re-affirming a false identity designed to foster binge-eating and low self-esteeem. It was, in essence, inevitable for me to overeat. This pattern is also similar for those addicted to drugs, alcohol and gambling, for example.
For me, no matter what happened or how I felt, the solution and scapegoat was always the same: food. This realization marked a real turning point for me because the lie and folly of my assumed identity became clear.
The first type of distraction (which we discussed in the video) is based on new activities you can start to take part of that do not include food and eating. Do this: sit down in your office or kitchen table with a notebook and pen. Make a pie chart and write on it what you enjoy (or would enjoy doing) besides eating.
These can include very simple activities as: playing with your children, going to the movies, swimming, reading a book, going to the mall and window shopping, praying etc
Write down things that you already do as well as things that you would like to start doing. Do not hurry this process. Be gut wrenching honest with yourself and make sure that the list you come up with is real and realistic. Then, once you have completed the compilation, it is time to put it to practice.
* When the old feeling of eating and binging comes up, immediately go to the list and DO one of the things that you have jotted down. Make sure that you have things in the list that you can do immediately. Delay the trip to the refrigerator and instead direct all of your attention to the activity that you have chosen.
* Spend at the very least a half-hour in the activity. In my particular case, walking twice around the block did the trick. You will find that once you are done, not only did you not eat during that time, but in the majority of cases the voracity to raid the refrigerator or go out for fast food will have diminished or even gone away altogether.
If it has not, then continue with the activity. Do not, however, do the activity while allowing your thoughts to focus on that juicy cheeseburger you want to devour. This would be self deception. The correct way to use the distraction is to redirect all of your focus, thoughts and attention into what you are doing at that very moment, blocking, discarding, rejecting all thoughts of eating. Bring emotion to it.
If you are outside, start to pay close attention to the clouds, birds or vegetation for example. This will take some practice, but I strongly encourage you to develop this mental tool.
It will prove invaluable as you continue to work on losing weight and getting healthier.
Most people then tell me: Well that is too simplistic! My eating problems are way too strong and this solution is petty and silly.
Yes, I tell them. But have you honestly tried it with all of your heart? More than once? Nine times out of then there is either no response or the person admits they have done it half-heartedly without any true desire for change.
This type of distraction is actually very powerful and gives your brain a totally new paradigm to follow when tempted to eat junk or break your fast and/or diet prematurely.
Eventually, I found myself increasing my activity levels substantially rather than eating, which over time de-activated the automatic response to eat. It works. It really does.
Now let's go even deeper into the rabit hole! :-) Another distraction technique that has worked wonders for me is to focus my mind on something abstract, or something I want to do or accomplish that requires me to be in shape and healthy.
When the desire to binge, overeat, nibble or simply eat at off hours strikes, it is imperative to take immediate action to disrupt the thinking pattern.
Often this desire may come at times when some type of active distraction is not possible. A good example and it happened to me many times is at 3 AM when time and again I would abruptly awake with a blinding obsession to eat, eat and eat. At this hour, walking around the block or going shopping is not usually possible.
So, what can one do?
Abstract distraction is the practice of swiftly using your imaging power to cut off the eating pattern. It is, to some extent, a form of daydreaming. One vision that works for me is to see myself lean and wearing the types of clothing and sizes that I always wanted to.
Another one is seeing myself doing activities I dreamed of doing like, for example, rock climbing, scuba diving and completing a triathlon.
The result, if done properly, is that within approximately ten minutes, the hunger starts to abate and I can go back to bed without gorging and then waking up feeling groggy, depressed and full of remorse.
I tell you, this may sound totally cheesy and silly, but it works!!!!!!
Sit down and think of a list of things you want to do or accomplish with your body and health. Some ideas are:
The Size of Clothing you want to fit in. What style or size have you always wanted to fit into? How does it feel to wear that size? How do you look? How do your friends and family react when they see you in such good shape? These are all elements of the imaging that are important to develop.
An Activity (Athletic or Social) You Want To Take Part Of that, due to being overweight, you have either shunned or not done. Going to the beach and actually taking off my shirt was one I used I was very ashamed of my body and was always hiding in large and black-colored clothing. Another one could be feeling confident in a crowd rather than ashamed because of excess weight, as I often was.
How do you feel taking part in these activities? How do you look? How are others reacting to your new and healthier physique? Do you feel secure? Sexy? Dynamic and assertive? Go all out and really give the vision life. Dont hold back.
The Feeling of Accomplishment and Pride You Will Feel the next day when you realize you did not succumb to the obsession to overeat, or eat the wrong types of foods. How does it feel to know you did not eat that pizza or box of donuts? How great is it to confront your sweet tooth and not let it dominate you? How does your stomach feel? You feel lighter and hopeful, right?
Knowing That You Are Going To Be Healthier For Your Loved Ones(children, spouse, siblings etc ). Imagine being lean and healthy and, consequently, having many more years of health and life to share with the people that you love. Taking part in many different activities with them that A You currently "don't feel like it" (apathy, sloth, shame) or B You Simply Don't Have The Physical Energy. (Intestinal, Body-wide Toxicity)
This list should be tailored to YOU specifically. Take your time and do the work. Make sure the list and corresponding images are as extensive, detailed and clear as possible.
The Mental Barrier
Again, some people tell me: This stuff about imagining is stupid and it doesnt work. It is a superficial patch to binging and overeating, which is a deep-rooted illness and disorder.
My reply is: Yes, binging and compulsive overeating and obesity are terrible conditions and I have suffered from them ALL myself. It certainly is not my intention to minimize their seriousness but have you tried the imaging? Have you done it more than once? Have you taken the time to develop this mental discipline? Have you put aside ALL of your pre-conceived notions and simply done it?
In many cases, the reason why these weapons do not work is because of mental laziness yet another problem that many overweight people often face, including myself.
Why? Because obesity and toxicity are not just about the body. They feed A LOT from the mind. That is why it is so crucial to know how to use The Mind and be prepared to do whater it takes to reach our weight and health goals. Again, the change HAS to come From The Inside Out.
In other words, when the internal change is made, then that change reflects on the outside. Trying to change externals without internal change is folly and does not work. Lord knows, I tried it for many years!
If you want something bad enough, then chances are very good that you will attain it. But if you think negatively (that youre too heavy, that youll never make it why bother? whats the use?) then surely you will become stuck in apathy and hopelessness as I did. Since I had no other tools at hand, these emotions always led me to eating in excess.
We must be prepared to assault the mind with, not only new thoughts, but with powerful, positive visions of what we want to be and accomplish. When it comes to binging and overeating, Distraction Visioning is one tool that has helped me to avert disaster many, many times. I use it pretty much on a daily basis.
But the impact of imaging is far from unique. I have heard of people with high blood pressure calming themselves by thinking peaceful thoughts like, for example, a vacation in Hawaii. Cases have also been documented of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy who have received healing by envisioning the diseased cells being destroyed by the radiation.
So, what is the message in all of this? Dive in! Do what it takes! Get mad ! Resolve that you will do what it takes to start to transcend obesity using every weapon at your disposal to create the life you so want and deserve.
It is not easy there are no magic solutions; but if you follow the steps we have and will continue to outline, you will start piling up a very efficient arsenal of tools and techniques to counteract that terrible monster of binging, obesity and compulsive overeating. You can do it! And you are worth it! Remember to check your inbox for my email. I have many more tips and goodies coming your way!
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