Can you think yourself thin?

Narelle Stegehuis reveals how to think yourself thin.

‘The thoughts you think turn into the events you experience, the material things you possess... AND even the health of your body'

How often have you found yourself sliding into the accent of those around you?

Socialise with those with poor eating and lifestyle habits and before you know it - you're overweight!

Spend time with a critical, manipulative person and before you know it - you've become one!

Listen to women complaining endlessly about their husband or his ex and you'll find yourself starting to do the same! How many of us have been horrified to suddenly realize that we've spent the last half-hour caught up in a gossip session - despite our strong aversion to gossip?

When we're consciously aware and diligent, we can fight this. But the stress of maintaining that conscious struggle against an unconscious, ancient process is a non-stop stressful drain. There is also the problem of dealing with those who demand that we listen to it (especially if they are loved ones) - in these situations, we have to take specific steps to avoid it - after all what do we have to achieve by listening to it?

Does it enhance our lives, health or happiness - I think not!

If you are getting more of the same negative results in your life - such as the same problems, or the same body fat continues to return even after you lose it, then you have probably been un-consciously running negative programs and re-enforcing them with negative thought patterns.

So how do you think yourself thin?

1. Identify your goals

Write down your goals.

Change your internal dialogue and take a few minutes to visualise where you want to be.

2. Identify health issues

Are you suffering from a hormonal imbalance that is causing your cravings or mood changes?

Is your weight not budging due to PCOS or an under active thyroid?

Are you depressed? Perhaps tired or have a low libido? Explore these avenues and take active steps to reclaiming your health.

3. Give yourself time

Psychologists estimate that it takes 21 to 30 days to establish a new pattern in your brain.

During this time, the focus on sticking with your practice and repeating your new thought patterns is critical.

4. Be patient with yourself

You can take some of the pressure off yourself by simply accepting that negative thoughts and self criticisms will pop up from time to time - especially if those people close to you are negative by nature.

5. Don't carry other people's burdens

Many women simply cannot move forward in their lives, as the people around them will not let them.

Don't carry the inadequacies or unresolved conflict of others on your shoulders. Don't let them become your problems & rule your life.

6. Know when to seek help

If you feel you need guidance to move forward, or realize that you need help to get your help back on track - seek the guidance of those who specialise in the area you need to work on.

If you want to transform your body or any other aspect of your life, then you have to change on the inside (the mind) first and then everything else will follow.

Good luck!

Narelle Stegehuis, CEO of MassAttack, is a practicing Naturopath specializing in the research and development of natural treatment programs for women with hormonal imbalances, which have contributed to such symptoms as weight gain, cravings, low libido, anxiety and mood swings. She is both an accomplished writer and recent recipient of the Australian Naturopathic Excellence Award 2006.