Bad Eating Habits For Diabetes

RESISTANCE TO CHANGING MY OVERT EATING DISORDER BEHAVIORS

Assuming at least a part of you would like to change, select two of your overt behaviors listed and write down what you think is in the way of making any changes. This exercise will help to

illuminate any beliefs, thoughts, or fears, which have now become obstacles in your recovery. Thoughts like, I am not strong enough to change  can create feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, which can keep you from even trying. If every answer is, I’m afraid of gaining weight or getting fat,  write that down and then add to your answer what you are afraid will happen if you gain weight. A helpful question to ask yourself might be, And if that happens, then what ?

1. My overt behavior:

What gets in the way of change:

2. My overt behavior:

What gets in the way of change:

RESISTANCE TO CHANGING RECOVERY-SABOTAGING BEHAVIORS

Assuming at least a part of you would like to change, select two of your recovery-sabotaging behaviors you checked off or listed that you would like to change and write down what you think is in the way of you being able to make changes. Again, think of any beliefs or fears you are aware of and try to add what you are afraid will happen if your fear comes true. (And if that happens, then what?)

1. Recovery-sabotaging behavior:

What gets in the way of change:

2. Recovery-sabotaging behavior:

Look at any differences in your resistance to change between your overt vs. recovery-sabotaging behaviors. Is there anything that stands out for you?

Look over your reasons why you are afraid to change. We are sure you can come up with a number of reasons why change is too hard, not right, or not going to work for you. Since we can’t be there to respond personally to your answers, we have included a list of the common reasons we hear from clients about why they can’t or don’t want to change, followed by our responses.

COMMON REASONS FOR RESISTANCE

All our clients have resistance or ambivalence regarding change. We expect this and are ready for it. The following list contains some of the most common reasons clients have given about why they are resistance to change. The truth is we had many of these thoughts too, before we changed our own eating disorder behaviors.

1. I don’t feel ready to change. 

2. I don’t know how or where to even start. 

3. I am too afraid of what will happen if I change. 

4. I don’t think I am strong enough to change. 

5. My behaviors are just automatic now and out of my control. 

6. I don’t have the tolerance or patience to change. 

7. Some people can change, but I can’t. 

8. I don’t think that what it takes to change is worth it. 

9. I am not worth it.

10. If I change one thing, people will expect me to change more. 

11. My behavior is not that bad,  or My behavior is way better than it used to be. 

12. Why should I change this? Other people do it all the time. 

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