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Don’t Want to Feel Vulnerable, But Don’t Want to Continue Being Unable to Lose Weight Either

Posted Oct 20 2011 8:25am

You were clipping along, shedding those extra pounds, and then you stopped eating in moderation and went back to your old pattern of eating. What happened? Were you feeling too vulnerable and did this vulnerability of yours trip you up and make it impossible to lose weight?

If so, here’s one thing you can ask yourself. What made you feel so vulnerable that you had to revert to old eating patterns and give up your weight-loss dream? Another way of asking this same question is, “what vulnerability might you be keeping at bay by this old eating pattern of yours?”

If you say that your vulnerability is food or chocolate or that you love to eat, you are not looking in the right place. The vulnerability that makes it so difficult to lose weight is an emotional vulnerability. It can go like this: “When I eat, I feel so much better about myself. I don’t see all my flaws.”

Get it? It’s an emotional vulnerability. It’s yours. It may be impossibly hard for you to let yourself feel it and then deal with it. That’s understandable. But that’s exactly what you have to do in order not to trip up your efforts to lose unwanted weight. You’ll have to find it within yourself to identify this vulnerability and make plans to effectively deal with it; lay it to rest, that is. Get help if you need it, and tread lightly. Feeling too vulnerable is no picnic.

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