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Did you realize that there is one simple thing that impacts your weight loss success above all else?
Is it limiting processed foods?
Working out more?
Drinking plain water instead of sugary soda?
Eating more vegetables?
These are all healthy habits I’d encourage you to slowly adopt into your lifestyle if you haven’t already, but they aren’t the ONE SINGLE thing that you can do that will most affect your weight loss.
So what is it?
Adjusting your mindset.
What is your mindset?
Your mindset is the belief that you will be successful in your efforts, combined with the appropriate motivation to do it. You believe that you can achieve your fitness goals, no matter how many times you’ve tried before, and you are intrinsically motivated to make it happen.Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right. - Henry Ford Click To Tweet
What is Intrinsic Motivation?
Intrinsic motivation is a reason you have for wanting to lose weight and/or get in shape that comes from inside of you, not an external source. This means you are not being pressured by someone or someTHING – not your spouse, your doctor, a class reunion, or your friends. The motivation comes from within you.
So whatever it is that’s driving you to want to get in shape, lose fat, and have more energy, is something inside of YOU. It’s a desire to be healthy, to want to be in better shape, to feel better about yourself. It could be your desire to be a better role model for your kids. It could be that you want to live a long, healthy life and you know that acting NOW will payoff later.
I can hear you right now.
I’m REALLY motivated to get into shape but I just CAN’T DO IT! I’ve tried so many times and it just doesn’t happen.
Ok, so you have the motivation – but maybe after a few failed attempts, you start believing you just can’t do it.
You believe it’s just not something that you can do no matter how much you want to.
You aren’t able to turn off that nagging voice that tells you you’re not meant to lose weight, you’ll never be fit, and to quit trying.
THAT VOICE is holding you back.
How many professional athletes do you think to take the field, not sure if they can play the game?
I’m going to guess none. Athletes don’t think that way. They don’t hope for the best when it’s time for kick off, or tee off or whatever-off. They literally visualize their success. They see themselves at the finish line, scoring goals, landing their dismount. In their minds, success has already happened.
Be like them.
Starting a fitness program with the belief that you can reach your goals increases your chances of making it happen. The greatest workout and diet plan will be short-lived in its success if you don’t have the mindset that you CAN AND WILL achieve it. Otherwise, the first obstacle will have you giving up, throwing up your hands in defeat, and downing a pint of ice cream on the sofa. The first temptation you give into will have you feeling guilty and defeated.
(Hint: I have tools to help you overcome obstacles and working whatever tempts you into your diet. No more failure and no more guilt!)
How do you know if you have the right mindset to succeed?
You know that you’re in the right mindset when your motivation for wanting to be successful is tied directly to your values. You’re doing it for a reason that is important to you, and it will encourage you to find physical activities you enjoy and find recipes for healthy foods that you maybe haven’t tried before. These are things you’re willing to do because being active and healthy is important to you.
The right mindset brings out your creativity and you’ll see a direct link between eating healthier and improvements in the other areas of your life. You know that taking care of yourself will make you feel better and look better. You’ll be a better spouse, a better parent, and a better employee.
Other ways you know you’re in the right mindset:
- You see getting in shape as a challenge that you want to conquer
- You’re ready to start respecting your body, being grateful for the gifts it has given you
- Eating healthy and getting fit is a gift that you’re giving yourself
- You’re not doing it out of fear of someone’s disapproval or out of shame
- Working towards a better you feels like a reward, not a punishment
- That critical inner voice is causing more harm than good and you are ready to replace it with a respectful and encouraging one
- You’re ready to commit to making some changes in your lifestyle. You know there will be adjustments, you may be a little uncomfortable for a while as you adjust to new foods, new activities, and a new routine but you’re willing to give it a try.
How do you change your mindset RIGHT NOW?
- Stop criticizing yourself for where you are and give yourself some grace
- Stop shaming yourself for what your thighs look like Understand that living your life means enjoying the sweet things in moderation
- Throw your blooper reel in the trash. Stop replaying in your mind all the times you’ve tried and failed. Get rid of all the reminders of the programs you’ve started and quit. All the diet books you’ve bought but never read. All the crazy fads you that misguided you and left you worse off than you had been before. Those days are over.
- Start believing in yourself and know that you can do this. Visualize a stronger, healthier you. See your future success happening. You can close your eyes and see yourself running that 5k or lifting free weights. You’re looking in the mirror and you like what you see.