If you would love to lose weight, you are not alone. If you are like many women, however, you are probably sabotaging your own efforts through a negative self-image. When you look in the mirror and have negative thoughts about yourself and your appearance, you can actually keep yourself from reaching your weight loss and fitness goals.Luckily, you can exercise your thought processes the same way you exercise your body.
Get a True Picture of Yourself
Take the time to sit down and write a thorough list of all negative thoughts you have ever had of yourself. If you are like many people, this will probably be quite a long list! Whether you feel that you are a failure, a bad person, lazy, unmotivated, unintelligent, or any other negative trait, write it all down. Do not let this list discourage you. These are merely your thoughts and most are likely untrue.
Next, make a list of all the positive things you think about yourself. Make yourself come up with positives until your list is longer than the negative list. Be honest with yourself. You will probably find that you have a harder time coming up with positives than negatives because you are so used to being hard on yourself. Don’t give up and make sure you list all of your great qualities.
Finally, go back to your list of negatives and start turning them into positives. If you wrote that you are unmotivated, counter that with “I will become motivated.” Get rid of the negatives list. Burn the list, throw it away, send it flying on a helium balloon, or rip it up and flush it. Post your list of potentials in a place where you will see it often and make sure you read it at least once a day. Over time, this will reprogram your thinking toward yourself and will create a mental atmosphere for success.
Visualize Your Positive Future
Once you have your list of potentials, start visualizing your life as it will be when you succeed. Develop a mental picture of what you will see, feel, hear, smell, and taste with each success. See yourself after you have completed your goals. Do this every day, strongly reflecting on the new you when your goals have been reached.
Journal, Journal, Journal
The final step is to keep a journal of your accomplishments. Every positive change you make should be recorded. This way, when you experience a setback and start reverting to your negative way of thinking, you can refer to your journal to see what you have accomplished. This will help you to see your setbacks realistically so they don’t snowball into a complete dismissal of your successes. Make sure your journal is positive and reflects all of your successes and positive changes. When you do have a setback, journal the reasons why, how you feel about it, and what you will do to avoid such missteps in the future. Let your journal be your personal support network and you will reach your goals much easier.