9 Mindset Shifts For A Successful Weight Loss Journey
Mindset and Weight Loss. If you don’t have the right mindset, your weight loss journey is going to be harder, if not impossible, to endure. In fact, it will likely be just a matter of time until you find yourself right back where you are now—if not worse.
When you’re trying to lose weight, whether for the first time (which, for many of us was so long ago we don’t even remember it) or the hundredth, what are the two things you focus on most? Diet and exercise, right? While both of these are extremely important to weight loss success, there is something even more detrimental to getting and keeping the pounds off for good. It is your mindset.
Therefore, you’re going to want to make some very specific shifts to your mindset to ensure that this is the last time that you ever have to take this journey again. Here are nine that will get you started:
#1: Happiness has nothing to do with the number on the scale. If you think that losing weight is going to make your life perfect, think again. You will always have some sort of struggle, be it work, family, or something else. So, choose to be happy now, during your journey, instead of delaying it until the end.
#2: Food will never solve a non-food issue. The only way to end your battle with food is to realize that no amount of food will ever resolve your emotions. It can’t take away the boredom, sadness, or anxiety you feel. So, find activities that actually can and your path to weight loss success just got shorter and easier to manage.
#3: The goal isn’t perfection; it is balance. How many times have you given up on your weight loss because you “cheated” on your diet and had something you declared off-limits? Well, no one is perfect, and you’ll do yourself no favors by trying to hold yourself to that unattainable standard. Let go of the desire to do everything right and seek balance instead.
#4: There is no such thing as a “bad” food. Food and emotion don’t belong together, even though we generally keep them tied pretty tight. Remove any type of labels from the foods that you eat and you will notice that you will naturally eat less. It takes guilt out of the equation, which is one emotion that send a lot of women to the cupboards and fridge.
#5: Judgment belongs in the courtroom; not on your body. Oftentimes it is easy to call yourself names or cut yourself down because of your “lack of willpower.” After all, when you’re a success in your career and other areas of your life, it is hard to understand why this one particular area gives you so much trouble. However, constantly judging yourself isn’t going to make you want to change, but approaching yourself with love and acceptance will.
#6: As long as you stay in the past and future, you can’t change the here and now. Have you ever eaten a snack or a meal and, before you know it, your plate is empty and you can’t remember even tasting the food? This is what happens when you’re not present for your meals, which can make you eat more than you need. Intuitive or mindful eating, on the other hand, keeps you in touch with your body, making it easier to recognize when it has had enough.
#7: You are more than your body. It can be very easy to tie your self-worth to the size of your body, but engaging in this thought process is very damaging, as you likely already know. So, the next time you look in the mirror (and every time thereafter), see yourself for who you are—a kind, generous, hard-working woman who deserves all of the greatness that life has to offer.
#8: Losing weight is a process. Just like any other skill you attempt to master, there is going to be ups and downs as you learn your best way to lose weight and keep it off. Knowing this up front prepares you for the trials and tribulations you’re going to face, reminding yourself that you can master the skills you need to stay healthy…as long as you keep trying.
#9: You are in charge. There are probably many times where it feels like your food controls you but, ultimately, you are in charge of most every aspect of your life. Shift your mindset from one of being in control, to being in charge. Control is a function of will power and deprivation whereas being in charge is about choice and empowerment. Eliminate weakening phrases such as “I can’t” or “I shouldn’t” and replace them with strengthening phrases like “I choose not to” or “I won’t.”
Remember these nine thoughts and beliefs, these nine mindsets, as you embark on your weight loss journey and you’ll do just fine. On second thought, you’ll do more than fine. You’ll achieve complete and total weight loss success!
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Eating is an integral part of daily living. However, taking the time to savor food is a rare occurrence. For many of us, busy lives mean we eat where we can: in front of a computer, at our desk or around a conference table, in our car, always on the run – just about anywhere except the dining table.
The act of eating in our society is too often a mindless task rather than an enjoyable, nourishing experience. Overindulging and mindless eating can result in negative health consequences like hormone imbalance, digestive disorders, diabetes and obesity. Eating mindfully or intuitively, on the other hand, encourages proper digestion and can aid in nutrient absorption and assimilation, promote ideal body weight and help you develop a healthy relationship with food.
Mindful eating is not a diet. It’s a conscious way of eating and enjoying food for both good health and pleasure. Mindful eating is about bringing awareness and appreciation to the experience of eating. When you slow down and pay attention to how and what you eat, you’re more likely to make better decisions that will nourish your body.
This eGuide provides some tips on how to practice mindful eating. Here’s the link again:Get Your Free eGuide
Please keep us posted on how these tips work for you. Our clients rave about the simplicity but effectiveness and how quickly how they nourish their bodies change as they incorporate some of the tips into their lives. Good luck and bon appetite!