“I can’t lose weight, I’ve tried everything and nothing works for me.”
If you’ve ever said that phrase above, you’re not alone. It’s one of the most common things I hear when people reach out to me for help. When I hear that, I know the FIRST thing we need to work on. It’s not related to nutrition or even working out. It has to do with MINDSET.
Have you ever stopped to think that what you tell yourself is a self-fulfilling prophecy? You see, our brains are simultaneously intricate, complicated systems beyond our comprehension and “dumb” at the same time. They’re dumb because in some ways they’re easily manipulated into believing what we tell them. Our words become thoughts, and those thoughts become beliefs. When we believe something, we tend to look for supporting evidence and act in ways that don’t challenge those beliefs. We BECOME what we tell ourselves. This is both good and bad news.
It’s BAD news because more often than not, we engage in negative thinking. Of the eighty-some-thousand thoughts we have each day, most of them are not positive ones. We beat ourselves up mentally over perceived failures, and make excuses when things don’t go our way. We bully ourselves mentally. Let’s face it… it’s HARD to be Little Miss Sunshine all the time. Most of us simply aren’t wired that way. I know I most certainly am not. It takes a lot of effort to change my thought patterns. And some days, it’s harder than others.
Here’s the GOOD news: When we start to choose our thoughts more consciously and carefully, we start to build those mental connections needed to manifest new and different outcomes. Positive affirmations, although seemingly corny, DO WORK. When I think of them, I think of the Al Franken Stuart Smalley skit from SNL in the 80s… “I’m good enough, I’m start enough, and doggone it, people like me!” Maybe it wasn’t so corny after all. Positive affirmations can be an effective tool to get your mindset where it needs to be to lose weight.
Practice the power of positive affirmations daily, and watch your life start to change. It does take practice and diligence. You can’t just say these things once in a while, they need to become engrained in your head to truly make a difference. That takes a LOT of repetition. Add your favorite positive affirmations to your laptop screensaver, or the wallpaper on your iPhone. Writing them down with an actual pen and paper can be even more effective. Keep a bullet journal with daily positive affirmations. Or, write a new one on a Post-It each day and put on your bathroom mirror. Repeat it every time you see it.
BOTTOM LINE: Be careful about what you say about yourself, whether it be out loud or what you say when you speak quietly to yourself. With each word, each phrase, you have the opportunity to either reinforce current habits or create new experiences and outcomes.
List of Positive Affirmations for Weight Loss:
“I am making healthy choices every day.”
“I deserve to be healthy and happy!”
“I love what my body can do.”
“Eating healthy food is a way of honoring my body.”
“Every simple choice I make has an impact on my future self.”
“I am lucky to be able to move my body!”
“When I move my body, I can feel my energy flowing!”
“Trying new, healthy foods is a fun adventure!”
“By making healthy food choices, I’m showing my family that health is important.”
“I don’t need that (bad) food. Every time I turn it down, I become stronger!”
“My new habits are fun to work on, and they’re making me a stronger, healthier person!”
“I refuse to beat myself up!”