It seems that “the last 5 pounds” has become far more famous and noteworthy than “The Last Supper.” We approach this final frontier of fat-loss with a religious fervor that would make any good preacher jealous. As a teacher and practitioner in the fields of nutrition and eating psychology, I’ve noticed that these last 5 pounds carry a lot of weight, so to speak. They have so much power. Of course, power is good. The challenge though, is that far too many of us have been efforting and struggling for years, if not decades, to lose this weight without any lasting success. That’s a heck of a lot of time, energy and life force going into a wee bit of body flubber. Let’s get this handled. It’s time to come up with what may well be a fool-proof way to indeed burn away something that we clearly need to say goodbye to. So, in the spirit of finding true and lasting success, here are 8 highly unique ways to get where you want to go and lose the last 5 pounds:
1 – Own It Before You Lose It
Perhaps this is number 1 on our list because it’s kind of important. The main reason why we can’t lose something that we so desperately want to get rid of is because we haven’t fully owned it. If you want to lose $100 you have to own $100 first. If you want to lose self-respect you must first have some self-respect. So, it’s time to own those 5 pounds. Owning it means acknowledging it, accepting it, embracing it, and fully embodying it. Owning it means that it’s yours, and it’s not your enemy. Owning it means relaxing into it, and spending at least several months fully possessing those beautiful 5 pounds. Admit it – you haven’t even considered this option yet. Are you brave enough to own it before you lose it?
2 – A New Kind of Exercise
Far too many of us have the experience of doing the kinds of aerobics and jogging and intense exercise that are really secret ways to punish ourselves for having eaten food. Eating is the crime, exercise is the punishment. A lot of dieters are miffed as to why they’re exercising harder but the last 5 pounds maintain their evil little death grip somewhere on our body. It’s time for a new kind of exercise. It’s called bending down, and lifting people up. Don’t tell anyone, but this is a proven calorie burning activity. Spend several months focused on service to others. Give more. Listen more. Love more. Reach out and be a mentor. Sneak out of your own head and notice the souls around you who can use a little love and cheerleading. Bend down, pick up, and repeat.
3 – Don’t Be So Heavy
Losing weight really means lightening up. I know, you want to feel lighter by getting rid of those nasty little pounds. But guess what: sometimes we can be pretty heavy. We get all deep and dense and morose about not being perfect, we focus on all the things we don’t have, and we fold up our wings, pack them away in some forgotten place, and we lose our ability to fly. Many people believe they feel heavy because they have extra weight. Often times though, we have extra weight because we feel heavy. Let go of some of the baggage you’re carrying so-to-speak, and you might just see some alchemy happen. So, what are you heavy about? What’s holding you down? How can you lighten your emotional or psychic load? If you don’t want to be so heavy, then stop being so heavy. Instant weight loss. Admit it – calorie burning has never been so easy.
4 – Get Help from Friends, Loved Ones, and Strangers
Most of us think that in order to lose weight we need to do all the work ourselves. It’s time to enlist an army of others to help us get where we want to go. Here’s your assignment: ask 12 different people the following question – “Would I be more attractive, more valuable as a human being, and more worthy of love, if I lost 5 pounds?” Ask your husband or wife and some close friends. But also ask a few strangers in the supermarket, and some young children. Really make an effort to gather the opinion of others to help you determine if you truly need to put more of your precious life force into starving 5 pounds off of your body. I’m willing to bet my hard earned cash that at least 11 out of 12 people think you’re fine just the way you are.
5 – Find Your True Nature
No, I’m not getting all spiritual on you. That will come shortly. When I say your “true nature”, what I’m really referring to is actual “nature.” So many of us have gotten so far from the natural world – from trees and plants and flowers and waterfalls and streams and unexpected visits from animals – and we miss the kind of magic that can powerfully heal us and transform our metabolism. Time spent in the natural world where we can become quiet, and listen to something deeper is profound. It also feels really good. If we could truly put nature in a pill, and bottle and sell it, we’d have the cure-all for just about everything. I really mean this. If you want to lose 5 more pounds, talk to the trees and consult with the rocks. They’re wiser than most health practitioners, they won’t charge you money, and they don’t have annoying websites.
6 – Die Trying
I know you’ve probably worked very hard to lose those last 5 pounds, and I know you’ve probably felt that you couldn’t possibly do much more. First, I’d like to give you an A+ for effort. Congratulations. But I’m about to ask a lot more of you. I want you to put your life on the line. I want you to show me how important it is to really lose those 5 pounds by being willing to risk your life. Here’s what I mean: take the next 4 weeks and pretend they will be your last ones on planet Earth. Live life as if you have 28 days to live. What I’m saying is – who would you be and what would you do if your life WAS going to end real soon. Would you be worrying about losing 5 more silly pounds? Wouldn’t you find something bigger, more juicy, more spiritual or more worth your while. Hint – live the rest of your life this way.
7 – More Feng Shui, Less Weight
The majority of us assume that to lose weight we need to lose it off the body. Makes perfect sense. But if you haven’t had the success that you want, it’s time to mix things up. Sometimes, we need to lose the baggage that’s around us. So if you want to lighten your load, notice some of the dead weight around your home, your office, your basement, your kitchen, and any place that your possessions live. If you haven’t used it in 5 years, get rid of it. Sell it, give it away, throw it away. It’s conceivable that you can lose hundreds and hundreds of pounds in this way. How’s that for weight loss?
8 – Find your G spot
This is one of my favorite ways to help people lose those last 5 pounds. What I mean by G spot though, is “Gee spot”. The Gee spot is the part of us that says, “Gee, I wonder if I really need to lose 5 pounds.” “Gee, I wonder if all this obsession about a random bunch of fat cells is really the best use of my time?” “Gee, what would life be like if I could just lose the need to lose 5 pounds?” The Gee spot is the place in your being where curiosity is tickled. When you rub it just a little, you wake up. You discover that all along, you had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Your life has been waiting for you. Grab it. Be you already. Stop waiting. Give the world what it needs -all of you, just as you are, right now.
What is your favorite or unique way to “lighten up”?
My warmest regards,
Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating
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