Fun Mindset Exercise #4-Yo Yo

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Mindset Matters Most           Fun Exercise #4-Weight Cycling Check-In           

Ask Yourself:  What do I think about the idea that maintaining weight could be more healthful than weight gain or loss?

What emotions come up?

  • Anger
  • Disbelief
  • Discouragement
  • Curiosity
  • Excitement
  • Confusion
  • Grief

When you notice an emotion, look for the thoughts that create that emotion.  Why do you think you feel the way you do?  Be curious and compassionate here, there are no wrong answers.


Can you gently challenge or reframe your thoughts.

  • Are they true or accurate, any or all the time?
  • What else could be true?

Reframe some of your thoughts.  Use your “buts, thoughs and yets”.  Here are a couple examples:

  • Even though I feel discouraged by this yo-yo dieting effect, I know that if I focus on really taking good care of myself, my weight and my health will be at their best!
  • I may want my body to look differently, BUT I understand better now that “It’s about the well-being, not the weight”.
  • It makes me angry that the body wants to defend its current weight, BUT I feel good remembering that my body is always working for my best, for my survival.

Practice YOUR Reframes here:  Watch for opportunities to USE them when you are AWARE of being in a negative mindset.  Have some fun with it!