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Be Your Own Best Friend

Posted on September 22, 2014 by

we believeWhile it is true that a lot of people want to lose weight for health reasons, it is also true that people want to lose weight to look good. How we look on the outside greatly affects how we feel about ourselves inside. People who are at a healthy weight receive compliments from family and friends, and this improves their self-esteem in one way or another.

In contrast, overweight people are often criticized for being heavy or excluded from activities and this usually has a negative impact on their self esteem.  It may also lead to depression.  Hearing hurtful words like, “you are ugly”, or “we don’t have your size”, could pull your self-esteem to the ground. Experts point out that people with low self-esteem tend to eat more. Using this as a defense mechanism and they may not have the will power needed to exercise to help lose the extra weight. This means, if you are serious about shedding the excess weight, you should start conditioning your mind first.  Here are 6 positive actions you can start right now:

  • Convert negative thoughts to positive ones. Negativity prevents you from achieving your goals. A good dose of positive thought will increase your drive to lose weight and be physically fit. Instead of saying, “I can’t do it”, say, “I can do it”. Instead of saying “I do not have time for workouts”, say “I WILL find time to workout”.
  • Forgive yourself. Focus on progress instead of perfection. Losing weight and maintaining it is a gradual process.
  • Don’t blame your genes. Though your genetic makeup may play a part in your body shape and tendencies to gain weight, it is still YOU who makes the decisions on what to eat and how much you workout.
  • Keep track of your progress to help get you motivated. Keep a journal or a scrapbook where you post your weight losses and your feelings on your progress. It will act as an additional motivator in your weight loss journey.
  • Seek out positive people who have the type of lifestyle habits you are looking for.  They  provide inspiration and will have a great influence on your behavior. Receiving compliments from them can greatly boost your self-image. We all love recognition for our efforts and this adds to our motivation.
  • Be Happy. Your choice to be happy, healthy & positive is reflection of your love of yourself!

 

R E S P E C T…Respect!

Posted on August 11, 2014 by

self respectAdmit it.  You were singing along.  It’s okay – I do it too! And we talk to ourselves too – some do it quietly with no one knowing. Others are a little more obvious. Their lips may move or they may even be outright loud.  But we all do it.  Some of it may be good, but some of it might not.

The way in which we talk to ourselves can be quite telling.  It can be motivating or self -destructive.  That internal voice can be your angel or your devil.  Take some time and really listen to your self-talk.  Is it encouraging or discouraging?

If you’er not your own best friend by lifting yourself up with positive, reassuring, cheery thoughts you may be a negative thinker that sets yourself up for defeat before you even start your day.

Your first step is to listen to your head talk.  If you are hearing things like, “ I hate my body”, “I will never be able to lose weight”, ”why bother to try and lose weight, I always fail”, you have already set yourself up for failure.

Every time you hear yourself talk in these negative statements say “NO”.  You may even want to give yourself a negative reinforcement like the snap of a rubber band on your wrist.

Your next step is to change that negative thought to a positive one.  An example may be when you say, “I can’t”, instead say “NO…why can’t I?”

Finally, fill your thoughts with positive statements through out your day before those negative thoughts can even enter your mind.  These short statements called affirmations are designed to replace those negative sabotaging thoughts.  Repeating them over and over can reinforce a more positive attitude.

Let’s take the above examples of those negative statements:

“ I hate my body”, change to “I love the way my body can heal itself”.

“ I will never be able to lose weight”, change to” I can lose this weight”.

“ Why bother to lose weight, I always fail”, change to ”This is my time to succeed”.

Make your own list of positive affirmations.  Choose one and repeat it for a few days or a week and see how you can change the way you talk to yourself.  It’s time to be your own best friend!