Contributed by tracy gower, pdt. April 11, 2016
Consider the POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING!
Many of us are able to send positive messages to our friends, children and families, such as…”Wow, you look fantastic”, but when it comes to ourselves, often the “voice in our head” is sending us perpetual negative messages; creating self defeating behaviors.
Do you recognize this pattern within yourself? If so, begin your journey by NOTICING your “self – talk”.
Soon you will see that weight management may have very little to do with knowledge level (many of us know what is recommended), why do we often berate ourselves and sabotage our own success?
IT IS TIME TO CHANGE YOUR SELF IMAGE FROM NEGATIVE TO POSITIVE!
A negative self image robs you of the ENERGY you need to feel powerful, excited and inspired to achieve a healthy weight range.
Restructuring your thoughts: think thoughts that will inspire you!
Start today, by observing how often you judge or criticize yourself-once you catch it, you MUST restructure that message. (Even if it feels like you are lying to yourself :0)
For example: Instead of approaching exercise with dread, really try and focus on how good you feel after a workout.
- Rather than focusing on feelings that may make you feel deprived, from some of your favorite foods, really try and feel excited about exploring new recipes and new foods on your healthy eating journey.
- If you notice yourself saying “I should, or, ought to – do something” you may be setting yourself up for feeling bad.
- Also, are you saying words like “NEVER, ALWAYS”, remember you have a choice, and you are powerful enough to make the right choice, at least 80% of the time!
- Some people keep a journal of their thoughts, and re write positive messages in place of negative ones, in order to recall the positive thought, more naturally, and break the pattern of negative self talk.
- Spend time thinking about what you have rather than what you do not have…Think as though your life depends upon it, because it really does. We act out who we are based on our thoughts of ourselves.
We are interested in hearing about your experiences!