My goal is to release weight, but I feel that my eating (too much) and exercising (not enough) habits are what caused my extra weight in the first place. Should changing those things be my goals instead of "weight release"
Keep doing your long term weight release goal – being well worded - using positive, personal language and a realistic time frame. The changing of the other habits – amounts eaten and time exercising – can be incorporated into the visualisation/imaging part of the exercise, eg. Imaging yourself leaving food on the side of the plate; standing on the scales weighing ...… ; enjoying a brisk walk in the mornings; wearing the new outfit. I recommend you do the weight release goal 5 times a day really use your imagination and visualisation achieving your goal. 2 to 3 times a day do the tape or CD PP8 Releasing Weight which incorporates real habit changes. Don't force yourself to do exercise - what will happen as you do the goal will be that you want to exercise each day. The same thing happens with food intake - it will get less.