Self Understanding Can Bring About Profound Shifts That Allow You To Release Your Weight Issues, Once and For All

Self evaluation is one of the best places to start any new undertaking, particularly if you are considering making significant changes in your life. It is extremely helpful to understand how you got where you are today, so you know what you need to work on to get to where you'd like to be in the future. Dieting and exercise are of course great, but weight loss can be so much more successful when you realize and then intentionally change those specific habits that led to your weight gain in the first place.

The following self evaluation exercise is just a starting point for you. Get out a notebook or your favorite journal and really explore these questions in depth. Feel free to come up with your own questions and take a good hard look at yourself. Nobody ever has to read your answers, so be brutally honest and let it all out. Have a tissue box ready if needed. This can be extremely therapeutic. Letting go of emotions can sometimes even pave the way for letting go of the weight that was protecting you from feeling the pain. So feel it. Acknowledge it. Understand it. Then bless it for the lessons it had to teach you, whether you know right now what those lessons are or not, and bid it farewell. It is time to move on.

  • How much do you weigh right now?
  • What size clothes do you wear now?
  • How do you feel (physically and emotionally)in your current sized body?
  • What lifestyle habits or eating patterns may have contributed to your current weight?
  • What reasons or emotional reactions do you think may lie beneath the development of those eating patterns?
  • What might be the perceived obstacles in your life that have kept you from losing weight up until now?
  • Are you ready to let go of the past and any and all possible excuses and take control of your own destiny from today forward?
  • What reasons do you have for losing weight now?
  • Is there something in particular, such as an upcoming event, that is a highly motivating factor for you?
  • How strongly do you feel about wanting to change your weight?
  • How willing are you to make some changes in your life?
  • Do you feel ready yet to make a serious commitment to yourself to do what it takes to turn your weight and your health around?
  • Despite any previous attempts at weight loss, if you knew others have done it, could you believe you can do it this time, too?
  • What would it take to believe in yourself so strongly that you would know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you absolutely will lose weight, no matter what*?

P.S. I was very large, and being slender again seemed so far away. And yet I KNEW I could do it!! I held onto that belief even when week after week went by and I still woke up in a big body. Then my clothes were looser, and parts of my body started feeling smaller, and my belief just skyrocketed! I began waking up in a smaller and smaller body feeling ecstatic that my new slender self was right around the corner – AND I DID IT!!! SO CAN YOU!!! Take a chance and just BELIEVE IT!!!

Another Effective Self Evaluation Tool You May Enjoy

Letter writing can be another powerful tool for self evaluation. Sometimes when we just write freely and express ourselves without any structure, the most amazing insights come up.

Consider writing a letter to your future slender self. Perhaps expand upon a few of the self evaluation questions above. Or just explain to yourself how much you want to lose weight and why. The stronger your motivation, the stronger your likelihood of sticking with your new way of healthy eating, no matter what obstacles or temptations present themselves!

Make it fun! Use your very best stationery and fancy pens or decorate it with colored markers and inspiring pictures cut out from magazines. You are worth it! Roll it up and wrap it in a beautiful ribbon. Put a reasonable future date on it and put it in a time capsule that you will only open after that date. Give yourself a precious gift to celebrate your future success and put it in your time capsule along with your letter. You will have something wonderful to look forward to when the date arrives!

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When you decide to go raw, consider journaling your experience. Changing your diet often brings up thoughts and emotions to explore and express. Journaling also gives you a place to keep track of new insights you learn along the way.


Check out the page on Self-Evaluation. Going through these simple thought-provoking exercises can be profoundly revealing and very therapeutic. It can also be motivating, as you discover powerful reasons to change your life.