Mindset is the first and most important thing that you should make sure is in place before you start dieting and exercising, especially if these two things are well outside of your usual routine. The “I can’t do this”, “there’s no point”, “I’ll never lose as much as I want” and similar self-talk will get you nowhere, and fast – everyone who tried to lose weight before and had a similar chatter going on in the back of their head knows this.
It simply doesn’t work, and it’s because you have decided that it won’t work.
What Does Positive Mindset Mean?
Think of something that you enjoy doing – say, playing chess. If you love playing chess, it doesn’t matter who your opponent is, it doesn’t matter if you’re tired or in a bad mood, you will play every chance you get and you won’t be making excuses not to play – you won’t need to.
Now think about what it would be like if you had the same attitude towards the activities that lead to weight loss: if you loved healthy foods, if you didn’t think about food all the time, if you enjoyed physical activity.
Can you imagine just how much easier it would be to do them day after day, even for the rest of your life?
Now, it’s impossible that you just say to yourself: “OK, as of today I love this healthy lifestyle that will make me thin” and to shift your mind altogether just by deciding to do so. But it’s possible to train your mind to eventually start truly enjoying all these activities and to accept them as a part of who you are.
It takes some effort, but it’s possible.
Here Are Some Ways to Make It So
You can stay motivated in many different ways, and here are some of the most effective ones:
1. Get support!
This is a huge change in your life, and you can use all support you can get. Let your friends and family members know what you’re up to and ask them to be positive about it (not too positive though, an over-zealous friend can make you feel guilty for skipping the exercise when you absolutely had to, and guilt isn’t a positive emotion). Go online, find support groups and forums and join them – you’re not the only one who struggles with weight loss, and other people can have something useful to share with you.
One of the great websites that you could check out is called Game of Weight Loss – they have this free 30 day e-course made especially to help you establish positive thinking habits about your weight loss efforts and goals (it’s free and no email needed).
2. Visualize yourself thin
Being able to see yourself the way you want to be is a strong motivator. Creative visualization is used for many things in self-improvement area, and for a reason: the image we serve to our mind, the image of us being fit and thin, gets stronger the more we practice visualization, pushing us forward and strengthening our belief that we can actually get there. It is said: “If you’ve been there in your mind, you will go there in your body” – and it’s true, try it!
3. Try outside help
Sometimes our mind doesn’t want to cooperate – it simply refuses all our efforts to be positive about the activities involved in losing weight. When you see that yours is this stubborn, it’s OK to reach for some extra help to stimulate the change you want to see.
Subliminal messages, hypnosis for weight loss, positive affirmations – they all work by changing the existing, negative thinking patterns and turning them into a positive attitude about your goal. These can be really effective if you follow through with your other actions, and they work in the long run too as they create new beliefs and attitudes.