The weight loss journey is tough! For anyone struggling with their weight knows what I mean.
Think about losing weight and the first thing that comes to people’s minds is all of their favorite foods they have to give up. Those feelings are real. And they are uncomfortable. Comfort foods get us through tough times. Overindulging can be associated with the fun we have celebrating with family and friends. Who wants to give that up?
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The human psyche doesn’t like to lose anything
An expert in human performance once told me that the human psyche doesn’t like to lose anything. He felt that this was one of the main reasons weight loss efforts failed. People wanting to lose weight were focused on “losing” as a goal, which went counter to how we are wired as humans. It is an interesting thought, isn’t it?
Give it a test run. Which statement below feels more energizing to you?
- I want to lose weight.
- I want a leaner body.
When I read the statement about losing weight, I notice that my energy drops and I feel a sense of dread. Yet when I take my attention to creating a leaner body, I can instantly see better choices that I can make.
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Create goals that are positive affirmations of what you want to achieve
When we establish goals that are positive affirmations of what we want to achieve, we are creating positive energy for ourselves. As Albert Einstein once said, “Problems can’t be solved with the same energy that created them.” It is virtually impossible to build something positive in our lives when we are drained and stressed. The trick is to shift our perspective from the negative to the positive. That shift takes us to a more creative and powerful energy, a level of energy that solves problems rather than creates them.
To create your goal, think about using words that make you feel creative and powerful. You want to describe a future state that is motivating and engaging to you. The more optimistic you feel about your goal, the greater the likelihood of your success.
Emphasize what went right rather than what went wrong
It is so easy to commiserate about the things that we don’t do well. Think about what you share with friends about your weight loss journey. How about your internal thoughts? If they are pessimistic and about what went or will go wrong, you likely feel anxious or down about your results. If you explain your journey in a more positive voice, you are more likely gain momentum to make changes.
Pay attention for the small changes you are making and talk about those. Share your wins with a friend, write them down in a journal, or note them to yourself. It can make a world of difference in your outlook and capability to implement change that results in weight loss.
Even if you had an evening of unhealthy eating, you can still talk about it in a positive or objective tone. Saying how you blew your diet is about what went wrong and provides more evidence on why you can’t be successful. Acknowledging the overindulgence and telling yourself you will try again is a more productive view. It keeps you focused on what you can do. And that will make a positive difference in your journey. It will help make you more successful.
What you focus upon expands and you get more of that
I believe the more we focus on our weight, the more tricky the journey becomes. A smaller number on the scale is definitely an important measure of results. But it is important to keep the actual number in perspective. A relentless focus on how much we weigh or don’t weigh narrows our view and takes our eye off the behaviors and habits that will influence the scale. We need to turn our attention to what will make a difference – putting healthy habits in place that will make us lean. After all losing weight is not a habit, it is a result of our habits. Put your focus on developing healthy habits and those habits will expand!
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