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Business man from Crestock Stock PhotoWould you believe that being optimistic is your key to weight loss success?

Would you believe that being optimistic is your key to weight loss success?

Achieving your weight loss goals can be challenging without having a pessimistic attitude to interfere with your ability to work your weight loss plan. You have got to constantly work on improving your eating habits, avoiding the fattening foods you love, making time for daily exercise, and just taking good care of yourself.

When your thinking is clouded by negative thoughts, losing weight is just that much harder.

Negative self-talk leaves you feeling unmotivated and not wanting to do what is needed to achieve optimal health and weight loss.

Developing some healthy positive thinking habits will allow you to enjoy exercising, preparing healthy meals and snacks and take better care of yourself.

The following are 5 strategies to help you develop an optimistic state of mind to help make losing weight easier and enjoyable:

1. – Believe In Yourself

Start affirming your belief that you deserve to lose weight and create a healthier lifestyle.  Say things like this to yourself often:  “I know I can do this, and I know I’m worth the effort.  I deserve to be healthy and happy, and the actions I take today will help me achieve that.”

2. – Believe In Your Abilities

If you don’t believe you can easily lose weight and keep it off, you’ll be fighting an uphill battle the whole way to your goal weight.  Combat this by consistently affirming that you CAN reach your goals.  “I’m stronger than any cravings for sweets and junk food.  I can make better choices for my own health and well-being.  I’ve accomplished a lot in my life, and this weight loss is just one more achievement I can look forward to.”

3. – Believe In Challenges

When you have a bad day, don’t take the pessimist’s viewpoint that you can’t handle it.  Keep telling yourself that challenges come and go.  It’s how you react to them that’s important.  “I’m having a hard time sticking to my eating plan today, but I’m just going to take it moment by moment.  The cravings will pass and I’ll feel really good about myself tomorrow if I just do my best today.”

4. – Believe That You Will Not Fail

Failure is only certain when you give up.  If you simply keep reminding yourself that you are in this journey for the long haul, you will know that you will not fail. Keep repeating to yourself, “Failure is impossible for me.”

5. – Believe That You Have Achieved Success

Make a long list of everything you set out to do in the past, and did it.  What have you accomplished in your life?  What goals did you meet that make you feel proud?  These can even be small accomplishments that you are proud of.  Did you intend to drink more water yesterday, and you did it?  Did you intend to exercise for 30 minutes and did it?  Write down every little success you can think of  and affirm that achieving your weight loss goal will be just as easy, and just as certain.

As part of your healthy lifestyle habits promise yourself to maintain an optimistic and determined mindset to overcome the challenges of weight loss and start achieving your weight loss goals.

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Achieving Weight Loss Motivation

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We all need strategies to achieve weight loss motivation. When you are on a diet or simply trying to eat better and lose weight, there is a tendency to focus on the negative. 

 Have you ever done that?

Do you find yourself saying  “Darn, I only lost a pound, I was hoping for at least two pounds.”  “I shouldn’t have eaten that bagel yesterday morning, the thing was almost as big as my head.”  “That extra serving of pasta at dinner last night was a bad idea.  Why did I do that?”  “Will this weight EVER come off?  At this rate I won’t reach my goal until I’m 90!”

Sounds familiar doesn’t it?

Focusing on the negative is a chronic habit that almost all of us have developed over time, and it has the power to sabotage your efforts if you don’t do something to stop it.  How?  By making you feel like you’re wasting your time, not making enough progress, you’ll never succeed, and so on.  If you don’t turn those thoughts around, you’ll give up because it will seem too hard.  This is one of the biggest reasons why so many diets fail.  People can’t see the progress they are making, and they lose hope that they’ll ever reach their goal.

Today we’re going to share a fantastic weight loss motivation strategy that can help you stay focused and committed to seeing your goal through to the end.  That strategy is as simple as focusing on the positive.

Don’t dismiss it just yet!  Wait until you see how easy and effective it really is.

Imagine if, at the end of each day, you made a list of all of the things you did RIGHT that day.  How would you feel about yourself and your healthy new lifestyle?

Example:

I got up early and worked out, felt great!
I hopped on the scale to see that I’d lost a pound already.
I drank plenty of water all day.
I stuck to my eating plan 90%.
I made time for myself to relax and meditate.
I turned away from that plate of brownies Sarah brought to work.
I was tempted to stop at the drive-thru on the way home, but I didn’t!
I had an extra serving of vegetables at dinner.
I ate almost no sugar today, except for fruit, which is really good for me.

Just reading this list, you can probably feel the power of such an exercise.  Okay, so maybe you don’t always do everything perfectly.  Maybe you slip from time to time and eat something you shouldn’t.  Maybe you skip a workout here and there.  But focusing on those “mistakes” will only make you feel bad, which will make you more likely to slip some more.

You can achieve weight loss motivation by making it a habit to focus on everything you did RIGHT each day, you’ll feel proud of yourself and motivated to keep going despite any little setbacks.  Just be sure not to include any “negatives” on your list.  Notice that we didn’t write on our list, “I stuck to my eating plan 90% and screwed up the other 10%.”  Don’t write, “I lost a pound but I was really hoping for two pounds.”  That only makes you swing back to a negative focus.  Even if you are aware of the negatives, don’t focus on them and don’t write them down.  Simply set those negative thoughts aside and only focus on what you accomplished that day.

Try this powerful and life changing strategy to achieve weight loss motivation. You can use this technique in other ways besides relating to your weight loss; use it for general goal achievement and personal development too!  It makes you feel great about yourself, and that’s really the whole point of trying to improve yourself, right?

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