When I think of February, (apart from the long winter and blistering cold we experience here in the Northeast), Valentine’s Day, red roses and chocolate immediately come to mind. Valentine’s Day is also synonymous with love. If you are trying to lose weight, we all know the key to weight loss is fundamentally changing our daily eating habits and behaviors. Getting really curious about what, when, how much and why we eat is a great first step. I have heard countless people describe their schedule: I don’t feel hungry when I wake up in the morning, so I skip breakfast. I grab a coffee, get the kids off to school and rush to work. I may grab something on the go. I don’t plan my lunch. I bring a protein bar and eat at my desk or I may grab something for lunch. I come home after a long day and I’m starving! I end up eating a large dinner. Even though I know I shouldn’t eat in front of the TV, I find myself snacking at night before I go to bed. If someone is super aware of what they are thinking and feeling, they might say something like: food is comforting, it is my reward at the end of a long day.
Do any of these patterns seem familiar?
Changing your self-talk (the thoughts that run through your head) that influence your behavior is one important step.
For example, when we are feeling discouraged and unmotivated, we can easily fall into patterns like – “I’m going to have _______ex. a donut – it is only this one time.” Or “I’m never going to lose weight, so why bother?” If you find yourself experiencing any of these thoughts, it is important to catch yourself and label them for what they are: red flags to get you off track!
It is important for you to believe that what, when, how much and why you eat matters! The deeper issue that many people often experience when trying to lose weight is overcoming an overwhelming sense of discouragement regarding their ability to lose weight. Your belief in your ability to change is a powerful indicator of success! If you don’t believe it is possible, you are sabotaging yourself.
If you are trying to get control of your weight, one of the first steps you can take is to believe that it is possible. While there are pros and cons, social media can be a great source of before and after photos of regular people who have achieved phenomenal weight loss.
Most of us when we think of love, we think of loving someone or something. I am going to encourage you to think about loving yourself. Believing you are capable of accomplishing what you set out to accomplish, surrounding yourself with people and things that inspire and uplift you. Most importantly, I am going to encourage you to consciously choose environments that evoke a sense of wonder and possibility. As Giovanni Agnelli, the founder of Fiat once said, delete the word impossible from your vocabulary!
Call to Action:
What is one thing you can do to change your self-talk?
What is deeply inspiring to you?
Who/what uplifts you?
Please go to our Facebook group and let us know!
P.S. Please stay tuned for part 2: Partners in Life & Love, but not Lifestyle: What to do When the Person You Love Is a Weight Loss Saboteur.
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