The Naked Project: Part 2
Hey beautiful people. A few months back I Introduced you to my new book The Naked Project: Science, Self Perception, Weight Loss. You can find the article here. In the book I break down the mechanisms of the mind - body connection, how thinking and feeling patterns affect your metabolism, digestive and endocrine systems and really F with your ability to lose weight. Oh and I tell you how to use your mind to slim your waist.
If you haven’t read part 1
DO NOT PASS GO
GO DIRECTLY TO PART 1
Ok now that you’ve read part 1 here is part deux which describes how habitual shitty self perception is a problem and why we should care:
Once thinking and feelings patterns are in place they continue, beyond our conscious awareness, to flood the mind/body with neurotransmitters, neuropeptides and hormones that are inline with shitty self perception. Imagine for a moment yourself as a kid and some bully being an ass to you. Can you image what that feels like? On shitty self perception you become both the buller and the bullee. And that feeling of hurt and sadness or anger and frustration are all marked by specific biochemicals that affect every function of you body and can totally mess with weight loss efforts. When negative self-perceptions become ingrained you are literally hardwiring yourself so that these thoughts and feelings run on autopilot.
But, it's not your fault. The conscious mind processes 40 bits of information per second, while the subconscious mind processes 20 million bits per second. In other words, you are only aware of about five percent of your cognitive activity, and the other 95% of your thoughts, feelings and behavior are beyond your conscious awareness. So, although you may think that your conscious self is in charge, it is actually your subconscious that is running the show.
And from the time we are born, our subconscious mind is absorbing information like a sponge. Negative self-perceptions originate from our religious, cultural, social and family conditioning. We pick them up from a variety of sources, whether from our childhood spent watching our mother squeeze a roll of fat on her hips as she passes by the mirror, or seeing models in magazines who have been airbrushed to unattainable perfection. Once there is that thought, “I’ll never look that good,” or “Fat calves run in my family,” it becomes ingrained into our neural circuitry.
Thoughts affect body, which affects mind, which affects body. Humans think 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts a day, which means there is a continual cascade of chemical and neurological changes going on each and every moment. And these messages we are sending to ourselves almost always mess with our metabolism with the result that our weight loss efforts seem futile. When we shit talk ourselves standing naked in front of the mirror, it becomes self-fulfilling. Our self-loathing thoughts are producing a complex physiological reaction that makes it next-to-impossible to efficiently absorb nutrients or break down fats. We’re trudging up a steep hill, and our bodies aren’t responding to all that calorie counting and physical effort because we’ve put so many mental boulders in our way.
The good news is that it is possible to rewire your brain. Certain mental exercises can help you to break those old negative thought patterns and build new neural pathways to override the shit talk and load up on the kind of healthy self-perception that can finally give you forward momentum in your weight loss efforts. Put simply, if you make the effort to change your inner world of thoughts and feelings your body will change. But, in order to achieve a lasting shift in your self-perception, you have to get the mind and body, as well as the conscious and subconscious mind working together. You just have to dig a little deeper to get there.
Picture this: You commit to losing weight in your conscious/thinking mind, but you hate yourself naked in your subconscious/feeling mind. Your mind and body are at odds, sending mixed messages to each other. Since the subconscious mind is the puppeteer, controlling things behind the scenes, it will win. So our mind and body, thoughts and feelings remain stuck in the biochemical state of self-hate and disgust.
Becoming aware of negative internal dialogue is step one in changing, but once we recognize the pattern, what next? To achieve lasting change in self-perception you need to get your conscious and subconscious mind working together, and in my case studies I have discovered certain tools that work. You will be given a range of specific exercises on these next pages, but here is a quick sampling of what you’ll get:
Mindus Interruptus -- By intentionally interrupting that dialogue and distracting it, you can change it. As soon as you recognize that you are shit talking yourself you need to stop and say something you like about yourself that your mind cannot argue with. It has to be something you believe, so repeating “I am beautiful” if you are not feeling it is pointless. But if you genuinely like the arch of your eyebrows or the shape of those feet you’ve just had pedicured, focus there. If you say you love your feet and actually believe it, you can build a new neural pathway, while the pathways responsible for the negative thoughts will take a hit.
The distraction method — Is similar to the one above except replace the negative self talk with a distraction method. How it works: once you register that you are having a negative though grab a ball, water bottle or any small object, and toss it back and forth between your hands for about two minutes. This action literally distracts the neural pathways associated with negativity and integrates the right and left brain, or creative and analytical hemispheres. You want the distraction tactic to be new or complicated enough to ensure that your mind has to focus on the task at hand.
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Thanks so much for listening to your body with me. And with every conversation please: Love, Energize, Move, and Rise!