The Mental Games

You may not want to believe it, but there is a good chance you are playing mental games with yourself when it comes to losing weight. All the negative talk going on inside your head can be a huge distraction and you don’t even know it. I can’t do it, I’ll never be skinny, I give up… ever said those things to yourself? It’s those darn games.

Lets start with accepting the need to change. What do you need to change to get to your goal? It can be different for every one of you. Think about it for a minute, think hard. Do you need to change your food choices, eating patterns, or maybe your relationship with food? Now its the commitment to make those changes and we all know that part can be VERY hard! Commitment sounds so permanent, almost a little scary! But are the changes you want to make permanent changes or short-term? Here is where the mental part can come into play. You may want to drop 10lbs in 2 months, short-term, but then what happens after that? Everything you did to drop those pounds goes out the door and here come the 10lbs back! How about you say you want to drop 10lbs….period. No pressure with time and you may find yourself making a lifestyle change that was totally unexpected. The more pressure you place on yourself the more discouraged you will get and possibly give up.

Now take a look at what you have tried in the past. Did it work? I’m guessing it didn’t else you wouldn’t be here. So leave the past right where it is…..IN THE PAST!! New start, new beginning, new things, new you! Now you need to figure out what is going to work for you. I can’t tell you what that is because I don’t know you 🙂 Everyone has different things going on in their lives. So here is where you have evaluate what is going on with you. Whatever you tried in the past don’t try again. If it didn’t work then why would it work now? There are many tools out there to help you get started. Just a couple of suggestions might be to clean out your kitchen. You know what is right and wrong as far as what you need to eat. And yes I said NEED, not WANT. Also keep yourself busy so you aren’t thinking about food all the time. Go for walk, meet a friend at the gym, read a book, take a yoga class, volunteer, and there are SO many more.

Make small changes as they are going to work better than changing everything in your life at once. Mentally you will be overwhelmed if you change too much too fast. To be honest it might take you some time, days/weeks, to mentally prepare yourself to the changes and commitment you are planning to make. That’s ok, actually its perfect. If you aren’t mentally prepared for these changes then don’t plan on these changes sticking around.

Be honest with yourself. Why cheat yourself from a goal that you are reaching for SO badly? I can’t think of a single reason myself. Make an effort to change the negative talk going on inside your head to positive. Negative thoughts only create a negative vibe and who wants to be around that? Unhappy people will get unhappy results…. end of story.

~ Your Health Dork ~

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