We all need a little motivation now and then. I know I do.
While I am not currently in the weight loss mode, I still have to motivate myself to live a healthy lifestyle.
Some people I talk to look at me and say, “Well, it’s easy for you now because you’ve lost all your weight.” Uh, no.
I still have to be aware of what and how much I eat, I still have to exercise regularly, and I constantly try and learn new things about healthy food.
And, I still have to be internally motivated to do all of those things.
It can be easy to bemoan all the work we have to do to either maintain a healthy weight or lose weight. I am sometimes guilty of complaining when I drag myself out of bed early in the morning to walk before the day gets started. There are times when I sigh inwardly before I pull out my NutriMill and grind our wheat for homemade tortillas or bread. And there are times when I think about cookies in bright blue packages or M&M’s.
While it is fine to sigh inwardly occasionally and grumble to yourself when you are putting on your shoes to go for a run or head to the gym, if you do too much of that complaining, you may demotivate yourself.
So today I wanted to encourage you to motivate yourself by focusing on the positive, especially if you feel yourself waning in your dedication to stay the course in your healthy lifestyle.
Here’s a way to use positive self-talk when you find yourself moving past the occasional grumble and engaging in some serious complaining. I want you to consciously focus on the positive rather than rolling in the negative.
1. Instead of saying, I really do not want to exercise today. Say, I am so grateful that I am able to get up and exercise today.
In my obese days, there were times where I got afraid that if I kept gaining weight that I would be unable to walk any longer. And that might have happened if instead of losing weight 15 years ago, I kept gaining at the rate that I was. So if start focusing on the negative aspects of exercise, I turn my focus to the positive thought that I am able to exercise. It makes a huge difference.
2. Flip around this common statement. Do not say, “I am tired of healthy eating and the effort it takes.” Instead, remind yourself of what your food choices looked like before and how eating an unhealthy diet made you feel.
I actually use this reminder for my husband (sorry John) and my kids, as I don’t get into the complaining mode over healthy living because remembering how bad junk food left me feeling is something I still have not forgotten. If John complains about the lack of “snacks” (read “junk”) in the house, I remind him of how badly we used to eat and what that did to us.
3. Turn around excuses and turn them into goals.
If you say to yourself, “I cannot cook worth a darn.” Turn that phrase into a motivator. “I will learn to cook” and get going on a new goal. If you whine and say to yourself, “I cannot find time to workout. Turn that phrase into a challenge to yourself to find the time and get it done.
That’s how I keep my motivation to keep living a healthy lifestyle positive and upbeat. Focusing on the negative never did me any good, and I would wager that it does not do many of you any good either.
What do you think? Can you think of ways to flip negative thoughts into positive ones? Would it help? Diane