Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Not Another EFT Tapping for Exercise Motivation Part 3: Tapping in Front of a Picture for Exercise's Sake

There are a lot of exercise motivation methods for all you exercise haters. Exercise in the morning, find something worth your fun, and promise yourself small non-food rewards.

But what if all of it does not work?

I, like a lot of you, hate the E-word, especially when it's a day when I have to go to the all-women gym. I have to drop everything I'm doing at home, whether it's blogging or writing my articles, and go out and buff myself up (no, make it tone myself all over). I was thinking that I'd rather stay home and blog, blog, blog until I'm a couple hundred pounds.

But I discovered a useful method to get myself motivated: I do some EFT tapping in front of the reason why I have to exercise. I tap in front of what really makes me want to work out in the first place. That reason is a picture of something, typically a picture of my next vacation destination or a before photo. Most of the time, it worked.

My discovery is so useful that I want to pass this EFT tip to you. It's also great if you are craving an unhealthy snack or meal, but I'm discussing using it to make you get off the seat and work out.

For best results, use the "growing up method" (go to Part 2 for more on the subject), and perhaps use the full recipe and the 9-gamut sequence. Assess your Subjective Units of distress (SUD) from 1-10. (Your hate towards exercise would likely be a 9-10.) Find a picture of what you are achieving and how exercise is going to get you there.

"I have to exercise because I want to fit in all the rides at Walt Disney World!"
 Let's say that you are going on a cruise in several months. You really want to look good on that vacation, and you are currently whale size. But there is one thing holding you back: you hate exercising. You whip out a picture to look at it to help you tell yourself to drop everything and exercise.

With the picture of your goal (the cruise) in front of you, proceed with the dumping round. Follow it with the 9-gamut if necessary. Next, assess your SUD. Then, look at the picture as you do the dreaming round. You may start with those setup affirmations:

Even though I still hate exercising, find it so boring, and I'm tired to exercise, I wonder if it would make me look great on the cruise I'm going.
Even though I still rather stay home and watch TV instead of exercise, I wonder if exercising can help me get on the cruise with me being more confident.
Even though I still don't want to go to the gym, I wonder if going to the gym would get me closer to the cruise.

Then, proceed with the reminder phrases that make you wonder if exercise can help you reach that goal of looking wonderful on your cruise voyage. Really envision yourself in that cruise, looking wonderful and seeing what you expect to see. Think yourself thin!

What if exercising can slim me down for that cruise?
Wouldn't it be nice to work out...
For the sake of sailing on a cruise looking great?
What if I can go to the gym to help me look my best on my cruise?

Additionally, you can add phrases that would give you ideas to make working out fun. Follow it with the 9-gamut if needed and assess your SUD.

Then, start the deciding round with your eyes still on the picture with those affirmations:

Even though I have this remaining resistance to exercise, I've decided to exercise to look great on the cruise.
Even though a part of me still does not want to exercise, I choose to release that resistance and exercise to look great on the cruise.
Even though I still don’t want to go to the gym much, I’ve decided to exercise for the sake of looking my best on the ship I’m sailing.

You can proceed with those reminder phrases that make you choose to exercise and how you can benefit from it:

I choose to work out…
I choose to tone myself up for that cruise…
I get leaner and leaner with each workout…
And it gets my body closer and closer to the cruise…
That’s why I’ve decided to exercise today…

You can tap some more if your SUD is not at a 0-1.

If you find your exercise motivation waning, and all methods really don’t work for you, don’t just try mere EFT tapping. Find yourself a picture of your goal and tap while looking at it. Maybe it can work for you.

Part 1

Not Another EFT Tapping for Exercise Motivation Part 2: Suggestions on Tapping on Self-Looks at the Gym

Here's one of the classic "I hate exercise" excuses made by many obese/overweight people: you have to wear all those baggy clothes and exercise to look like their fellow peers.

Over the times I have been working out at the local gym, women-only, I have seen fat people in tanks and jazz pants work out alongside me and they and I have been happy about it. But I feel for those who are moping in those extra large or even large T-shirts and sweats who envy those in flattering tank tops and jazz pants. (Leotards, unitards, solid-color footless tights, legwarmers and high-leg, panty-like bottoms are so 80's.)

The same generally with most of the fat men who pack the gyms any time of year (not just after Thanksgiving, Christmas, or weeks before summer). They envy the ripped muscles in sleeveless shirts or even without them while wearing king-size ones.

Well, one EFT practitioner used a method to effectively use the method for those who hate going to the gym because they have to always be subjected to baggy shirts: dumping, dreaming, and deciding. She calls it the "growing up method." Once you do the usual assessment on how you feel, follow those three easy steps.

Step 1: Dumping

Dumping is when you let your negative feelings out. Let's say that you are an overweight person who goes to a gym filled with much thinner, toned members. Your intensity of envy for sleeker clothes is a 10, so you may start out with this setup:

Even though I feel so miserable that I have to be the only one in a baggy shirt among those who wear tank tops, I deeply and completely love and appreciate myself just as is.
Even though the sight of bike shorts and camisoles makes me so guilty to work out as a fat person...
Even though I'm ugly wearing those sweats while there are beautiful ladies in tanks around me...
Then, you may tap on the meridian points while saying things that make you angry, such as:

I can't exercise with women around me!
They are all wearing tank tops and I'm the one wearing sweats!
I don't have the body to fit in!

Then, assess the issue. If it's a 5-6, proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Dreaming

In this step, you wonder what you can do to resolve your conflict by tapping and wondering. Your explore possibilities to seek out resolutions. Here are a few setup affirmations:

Even though I still have to be a slave to baggy shirts, what if I can just get on with my workout?
Even though tank top-wearing ladies in the gym make me so envious, I wonder if it's just a thought.
Even though I'm a pudgy fatty working out with women in those bra-like, midriff-baring tops, wouldn't it be nice if I can just focus on my workout instead?

Next, tap the sequence by saying something that makes you think on how you can resolve your issue:

What if the sight of tank top-wearing, thin women are just like me...
People who are willing to work out...
Wouldn't it be nice to focus on myself and not them?
Wouldn't it be great if I focus on how I'm doing with my exercises...
Not on what others wear compared to me?

Step 3: Deciding

If your intensity comes down to at most a 3, it's time for you to start choosing to resolve your problem. Here are a few setup sentences to start the next round.

Even though I still have this remaining resentment towards my body and that envy towards the fitter people at the gym, I decided to let those people do their own workouts and leave them alone.
Even though I'm jealous at all the camisole-wearing ladies at the gym, I choose to focus on my workouts.
Even though I have to wear those baggy clothes until I'm slimmer, I choose to appreciate every aspect of myself.

Tap the sequence by saying some phrases, one on each point

Gym is not a fashion show....
And I decided to know that.
I choose to assure myself that clothes don't matter...
What really matters is my own workout. 

I hope those suggestions on affirmations and reminder phrases can help you get to the gym, without thoughts of being a Gulliver around ladies in tank tops and booty shorts.

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