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Fear can paralyze us... preventing us from accomplishing our dreams.

And that includes our dream to lose the extra weight and live a happier, healthier lifestyle.

In this Diet.com exclusive, Dr. Santi Meunier has advice for overcoming our fear.

Don’t Let Fear Stall Your Dreams

We have all known fear. For some of us fear is a constant companion, the underlying force in our lives that keeps us feeling “stuck” or “safe” as the case may be. Sometimes it has saved us from entering into a dangerous situation.

Don't Let Fear Stall Your Weight LossOther times it may have prevented us from pursuing something that could have been a life-changing opportunity. Fear can keep us from boarding airplanes, from falling in love, from losing weight, and perhaps the saddest of all, from fulfilling our true purpose here in this lifetime.

Fear insinuates itself into our emotional fiber, so the more power we give to it the more it demands. It speaks to us constantly, a catastrophic song about one thing or another, and we continue to listen.

What is this thing “fear” that lords over us, calling the shots and robbing us of our peace of mind? Who or what is it that speaks? Is it us? Are we the voice of fear? It can certainly feel like that sometimes.

Before we can begin to free ourselves from the grip of fear and its negative effects, we need to understand the true nature of fear.

In the beginning, we were given instincts to help us survive. We had a heightened sense of our environment so that we could nourish ourselves and procreate. As time went on we became more dependent upon machines and technology for our quality of life and survival. As a result, our instincts and senses diminished and our mental processes strengthened.

As we became more and more identified with our minds as our source of supply and safety, our thoughts and emotions carried more weight. Fear shifted its focus from our instinctual nature to our emotional nature.

It is the imbalance of our emotions that create toxic levels of fear.

We strengthen what we focus on. The more attention we give to fear the stronger it gets. The key to overcoming the debilitating affects of fear is to bring our emotional, instinctual and spiritual natures into balance and harmony.

Thankfully, there is another way to experience life that leads to a new freedom and happiness If you are sick and tired of being afraid, here are 3 simple steps to begin to free yourself from fear.

• Identify the fear.

What am I afraid of and why? It was President Franklin D. Roosevelt who said, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” Write or speak your fear. Bring it out into the open-expose it.

Example: I am losing weight and I am afraid that I will sabotage my success. In the past I have always gained the weight back. I am afraid of failing again.


• Disassemble the fear.

Make a plan of action that is in direct opposition to your fear.

Instead of reacting to what we fear, form an action that is based on what we desire.

Example: I am losing weight. The food plan I am following is working. My past behavior does not have to determine my future unless I and I alone allow it to. I just have to be willing to stay on track today. The fear of failure is a projection. If I stay in the now I will be all right.

Are you willing to do whatever you have to do, just for today, to stay on track regardless of your fear?

If the answer is YES, congratulations, your freedom has begun. Go do it and see how your attitude about fear begins to change.

If the answer is NO, then we have to break the fear down into manageable parts until we reach the desired result.

Example:

1. Write an inventory of your dieting patterns over the last year highlighting your strengths and what you have accomplished as a result of them.

2. Review your weaknesses (food triggers, emotional danger zones and self-defeating patterns). Make a plan to minimize their affects or to overcome them.

If late-night eating is a trigger make a plan to call someone (a diet buddy) at that time each night. Don’t be alone with your craving. It is a set-up to fail. If you are an emotional eater than it is important to journal and share with someone you trust what is really “eating” you.

3. Pray for the courage and the commitment to have the healthiest and most beautiful body you are can, one day at a time. Don’t compare. Accept your body. It is the only one we have to carry us through our journey in this lifetime.

4. Keep a food diary. People who do have more success than people who don’t.

• Change your relationship to fear.

Why does fear have such a powerful hold over us?

It has power only if we give it power. You can withdraw it at anytime. Make a declaration that you are in charge of your life, not your fear. You may have fear, but you are not fear.

As creative beings we are constantly re-creating ourselves. Unfortunately, many people create what they fear instead of what they want. You do have a choice. When you change your relationship with fear from slave to master, your life begins to change. Action is the key. We must act on what we desire for our highest good and well-being regardless of how afraid we may be.

The more we take positive action, the less we fear.

We are always affirming something in our mind. Make a decision to affirm what you want instead of what you fear: “I do not have to repeat negative patterns from my past. I can be on my ...    Continue



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