“The Seven Paths to Success” was compiled from powerful and fascinating conversations with passionate, dedicated and driven individuals who have played such an influential role in the success of so many others. Jones helps people overcome emotional triggers that inhibit the ability to lose weight and maintain that weight loss.
Jones is an ordained minister with a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling and a Clinical Residency in Pastoral Care. Over the years, she engaged in the same battle many others face – the inability to maintain weight loss after trying countless weight loss strategies.
She has identified there are certain emotional triggers that will encourage people to eat what she calls “comfort foods” to make them feel better. According to Jones, “At a young age, our mothers would give us a pacifier when we were upset. It could also happen when someone is older that they are given certain foods when they have a problem. They get in the habit of when something is bothering them, they put something in their mouth.
The idea is we’ll just take something and put it in our mouth. And it could be a cigarette, a drink or food of any sort – perhaps sweet or salty. And even more often, it’s something that we learned to depend on as a child.”
Continuing to do this takes a toll on the body, especially as someone gets older and it gets harder to lose the weight that is being gained. Jones finds that if the emotional triggers can be identified, changes can be made in how to deal with those triggers in a way that would not involve food.
The other issue is how to deal with getting to a goal weight. Typically, weight is regained after attaining the goal number. Jones has a different way of thinking about setting a goal.
She shares, “The idea of a goal is that there’s a finish line. When you reach the finish line, it’s done. So you go back to whatever you were doing before. And that’s the problem. We should think about it as when you get there, you want to stay there – like moving across the country. You don’t keep going back to L.A. if you live in New York.
Triggers and trigger foods sometimes also come into play trying to get our needs met through food. Until we deal with what’s behind that and what’s pushing that behavior, then it’s very hard to maintain.”
Rewards also come into play when a goal is met. Jones remembered a quote that said that the reward is the act of having done it. The new body is the reward. Being able to buy new clothes in the smaller size is the reward and feeling healthy is the reward. Food does not have to be a reward.
Jones shares many helpful strategies that will enlighten readers as to how to maintain any weight loss they may attain.
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