I Lost Weight…Now What?

Woman hiking and thinkingToday I had a session with my client, Tori, with whom I’ve been working for about two years. At this point, Tori and I only meet every month or two because she’s doing great. Her weight has mostly stabilized, although she’s still losing about a pound a month right now. She’s not quite sure how much more she’ll lose. Tori is still counting calories and says she feels comfortable eating the number of calories she’s been eating. We agreed that she’ll stay at this calorie level and just see how much (if any) more weight she loses.

In session, Tori mentioned that she’s been having a sabotaging thought whisper in the back of her mind, and she knew she needed to make a Response Card to combat it. The thought is, “I’ve lost weight. Now what? Am I supposed to do this for the rest of my life?” Tori reminded me that every other time she’s dieted, once she lost weight she had the thought, “OK, I’ve lost the weight. Now I can do what I want.” That thought, naturally, led her to start overeating again and gain all the weight back – something Tori is determined not to let happen this time. Tori and I discussed a lot of potential things she could say to herself the next time this thought arises, and here is what strongly resonated with her:

  1. I’ve done so much hard work to get here. I’m not willing to let all that hard work go to waste!
  2. I’m feeling so good right now. My habits, my body, and my eating are all so healthy and that feels amazing. If I go back to overeating, I will lose this sense of health. I can’t fool myself into thinking that I’ll be able to continue feeling this good with off-track eating.
  3. Now that I’ve been eating healthier for so long, fried and greasy foods make my stomach hurt. There are real, physical consequences to going back to old patterns of eating.
  4. Eating whatever I want, whenever I want may have felt good in the past, but it won’t feel good anymore! Now that I know how good it feels to be in control, losing that control will make me feel terrible. The rose-colored glasses are off, and I won’t be able to put them back on.
  5. I shouldn’t worry about doing this for the rest of my life. Just concentrate on today. The future will take care of itself.

With this new Response Card, Tori felt more confident in her ability to keep doing what she’s doing, and to continue experiencing the benefits of living a healthy life.

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