There is mind and there is matter. If you wish to move the matter, you’ll need to tune up your mind. In this case the matter is that inner tube just above your waist. And if you wish to move it, you’ll need to get your thinking straight. Our human nature is prone to negative self-talk, making broad assertions like “I can’t do this.” So your belief that “I can do this” will have to be more than a moment’s revelation. You’ll need to repeat it and believe in it again and again. Here are some suggestions as to how you can love yourself thin with radical self-talk.
Love Yourself Thin with 6 Ideas to Turn Your Thinking Around
- To love yourself thin begin with a positive attitude about weight loss. You are doing something good for yourself, and you need to remember that. By sticking to a weight-loss plan, you are lowering your risk for chronic disease and improving your overall health. Read: Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Weight!
- Take note of positive incremental results of weight loss. This might be small success such as an increase in activity or no longer having to catch your breath after simple exertions. How we think effects how we feel. Instead of allowing yourself to get caught up in the challenges of weight loss such as eating less or feeling hungry, think positively and take stock of the benefits you are collecting.
- Prioritize yourself. Taking care of others is part of us all, but we can’t sufficiently take care of others until we first take care of ourselves. Give yourself time to be at your best both physically and mentally. It is okay to say no to additional requests or to have a person simply wait for a more opportune time in your schedule.
- Do things to take your mind off of food. Prepare a list of things you enjoy doing that are not food-related. Take in a movie, listen to music, or play a game. You know what you like. Develop methods of self-care that can serve as distractions when food cravings present. The concept “to love yourself thin” goes hand-in-hand with self-care.
- Exercise will be a part of your routine, so do what you can to make exercise as pleasurable as you can. The logical starting point is to select exercises that you enjoy in an environment that you enjoy. Walk in a park, listen to music while you work out, or watch programs you enjoy while you are exercising. Work out with a friend or a personal trainer. Company is always useful. If you become bored with your workout routine, change it. You are not obligated to specific exercises. Read: 3 Ways to Get Fit Naturally in Nature.
- Engage in positive self-talk. If you stumble, don’t beat yourself up and think yourself a failure. Moments will occur when we may fall off track. The goal at that point is just to get back on track. So a moment of weakness or a bad day is not a self-destruct button. Use your good sense. Spontaneous thoughts are often irrational ones, so examine the situation with positive thinking that enforces constructive actions. Does a breach of diet or a bad day mean that my program is wrecked and that I lack the discipline to lose weight? Of course it doesn’t. Read: Achieve Weight Loss by Using Your Mind.
If you want to increase the possibility for success you’ll need to make yourself your best friend and treat yourself to the behavior afforded to such good company.
In good health,
Content is the opinion of the author and does not constitute or is a replacement for medical advice.