Have you ever said, “I’m trying to lose weight.” or “I want to lose weight.”? Next time you catch yourself saying that say, “I am losing weight” or “I am taking the actions required to lose weight.”. Embrace success. Know that if you take the right steps and make healthy changes, your body will reflect them.
One of the major differences between what I did when I lost the weight compared to all the other times was my confidence and knowing it was in my control. I knew when I started making the changes that I would lose weight. While I knew I wouldn’t lose weight overnight, I knew if I remained persistent, I would be successful. I had such a powerful belief in myself that I had accepted it as a fact.
I think having a positive mindset is one of the most important factors in successfully losing weight. There are so many different ways to eat healthy and exercise in a way that will encourage weight loss. However, if you don’t believe in yourself, it will be very difficult to stay motivated when you make mistakes (and everyone does). I never have a “perfect day” nutritionally, if that even exists. We have hundreds of opportunities to make dieting decisions and we will often make a less than ideal choice.
Believing in yourself is especially important when you hit more extensive periods of slip-ups. If you are trying to lose weight, you will hit plateaus and will probably even gain weight at some point or another. This can completely demotivate someone who is in a trying mindset. If you don’t believe in yourself, you will be much more reliant on external motivation in results and positive reenforcement from others (i.e. compliments).
So for anyone who is losing weight, know that if you make a healthy lifestyle change, your body will change with it. Learn to trust the process.
Stay motivated, stay confident and good things will happen!