Positive thinking is essential for weight loss. Now I realize that there will be those times when you just don’t have it in you, but for the most part, you will find weight loss and life in general is much more effective and enjoyable if you keep your thoughts on the positive side. It also improves your likelihood of success and enriches your journey along the way.
I am sure you have likely heard the adage “you become what you think about most of the time”. I believe this is true. Essentially, your thoughts and “self-talk” are usually self-fulfilling (but can be changed). This “self-talk” is very powerful. If you tell yourself the same thing over and over, you will begin to believe it is true. So start making your thoughts and conversation with yourself positive and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish. Positive thoughts of a healthier you who has made the most of every small victory along the way is much more beneficial than negative thoughts of being forever stuck hopelessly in a rut and never finding your path to weight loss and feeling great! The end result is worth it!
Here are a few tips for positive thinking:
Surround yourself with people who are positive and limit your time with those that are negative/not supportive of your weight loss efforts
When you feel yourself moving down a depressing path, STOP (even pinch yourself) and take that negative thought and turn it around into something positive. This may take practice. For example, you have had a great eating day focusing on protein first and controlling your carb/sugar intake and then you “binge” on a familiar comforting food such as French fries or chips. You could either say “I’m never going to be successful” and continue on this path of self-destruction or you can say “I did not make a good choice but I did do so well today. I am going to get back on track right away so I can meet my goal this week”.
Focus on your goal and set mini goals along the way that so you can frequently experience success. This feels great and keeps you motivated to continue. Celebrate these accomplishments along the way.
Don’t expect perfection when it comes to weight loss. Slip ups happen and the most important thing to do is to forgive yourself, work with your counselor at CFWLS to develop a contingency plan in the event it happens again. Brush yourself off and start over the very next meal.
Think positive! You can do it and we are here to help! You can find us on many of the social media sites (they are located in the upper right corner of your window). Check out a few today!