When you first decide to lose weight and get in better shape, you can compare yourself to a person who decides to give up smoking – especially if you have been overweight for a number of years and have struggled with bad eating habits for just as long.
Like smoking, drinking, and drug abuse, overeating is a strong habit that will require a fair amount of determination to overcome. This is one of the main reasons why so many people hop from diet to diet, fad to fad – never quite sticking to one long enough to see results. They are seeking the “easy way,” not realizing that no plan is going to be easy because they have some deeply ingrained habits that need to be broken, and that is always a challenge no matter which weight loss plan they choose.
Does weight loss seem this difficult for you too?
If so, you’ll be glad to know that there are things you can do to make the process a little bit easier, and it all begins in your head.
First, you may be surprised to realize that most of the actions you take on a daily basis stem from your mind-set. A very negative mind-set will trigger you to take negative actions. (Example: have you ever had a bad day and ended up blowing your diet because you just didn’t care about reaching your goals in that moment?)
Just like your own thoughts can work against you, you can turn them around and make them work FOR you.
Start by making a decision that you are going to improve your eating and exercise habits no matter how challenging it may be at first. Commit to sticking with it and not quitting, not hopping to another program – no matter how long it takes to reach your goal.
Next, build yourself up! Start each day by encouraging yourself. Tell yourself that you CAN do this. You CAN make wise choices about the foods you eat. You CAN start exercising and getting in better shape. Tell yourself that it’s okay to go at your own pace because you will get stronger and pick up the pace eventually.
The more you build yourself up, the more likely you are to keep moving forward instead of quitting.
If you have a bad day, don’t let it destroy everything you’ve accomplished so far. Acknowledge that you’re not feeling so positive right now, and do what you can to make yourself feel better – NOT using food or other substances, but through healthy activities like walking, meditation, dancing, resting – whatever you have to do to get through another day, do what you can. And promise yourself that tomorrow will be better.
These may seem like small, inconsequential moves but you’d be amazed to realize just how much power your thoughts have over everything you do, or don’t do. Create the right mind-set for successful weight loss, and your weight loss will be successful!