When it comes to losing weight, getting your head right is the top priority; after all, how you are thinking will set the stage for the decisions you make and losing weight is about making the right decisions—deciding to eat better, deciding to exercise more, deciding you want to permanently change your lifestyle. This lack of mental fortitude is what makes losing weight the challenge that it is—we let laziness, bad habit and sabotaging beliefs take over. Here are some tips to get your mind right so you can get your body right.
Get Clear on Your ‘’Why’’
This is a biggie—without being clear on exactly why you want to lose weight, you will never stay the course. Clear goals provide strong motivation; when we know what we want in the deepest part of ourselves, we cannot imagine living a life where we do not have it. Your first step in your weight loss journey is clearly defining your ‘’why’’ to the point where you have discovered your core values and desires. Get at the reasons behind the reasons. If you want to be healthier, why? If you want to do more with your kids, why? If you want to be healthier for your children, why? If you want to get off those medications, why? Keep going until you get at the root of your desire to slim down.
Keep Stress Under Control
Ah, stress…that nasty little thing that can wreak so much havoc on our mental and physical health. Stress is a part of life, but we can control how much we let it affect us, and most of the time, we are not doing such a good job at this. If you want to reach your weight loss goals, managing stress is a top priority. Besides the physical effects it has on our body that can thwart weight loss, such as increasing fat storage and cravings for unhealthy foods, it puts us in a state of mind that will not support our efforts to lose weight. When we feel stressed, we just do not care about our health as much; we eat emotionally and opt to zone out in front of the TV for hours on end instead of taking that daily walk. While we all have our moments of letting stress get to us, it is all too easy to let these ‘’moments’’ turn into our normal mode of behavior. When we control our stress more, we feel more in control of our lives and the choices we make; you will want to make healthy choices, you will feel optimistic about your weight loss efforts. Your dog or cat can help relieve stress
Go Easy on Yourself
In theory, we can wake up tomorrow and completely change our diet and exercise habits; in reality, this is probably not going to happen—we have too much junk we have to work through and too many bad habits to break. In your efforts to lose weight, there will probably be times when you get off track. You may have an eating binge or take a bit too long break from the gym. In these moments, you have to be forgiving of yourself and resolve to do better. Remember that you are on a lifelong journey, not some crash diet for your co-worker’s wedding. There is some room for error and if you remember to think long-term, you will handle this weight loss hiccups more successfully.
About the Author: Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who enjoys blogging about weight loss tips; she recommends you check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weight_loss page.