You may be thinking, what more is involved in weight loss? Your brain may be nagging “Isn’t all this calorie counting and menu configuring enough?” Your body may be thinking “Really, didn’t we do enough today?” Well, there is unfortunate news for them; there are other components we must include to be successful. Making healthy choices, minding our calories, and energizing our bodies are important but they are not enough to sustain long-term success. If we do not have commitment and confidence then we are just engaging in the diet or workout of the week. We must be mindful of commitment and acknowledge its importance. Confidence is often overlooked in this journey and often we think when we reach our goal then we will have confidence. We must find it along the way and build on it. Here are some suggestions to build both of those areas:
- One of the most helpful things in committing yourself to anything is writing it down. This can be done in various ways: Make a contract with yourself (how often you will work out, what small changes in your diet you are going to make, and set-up rewards for making mini-goals) OR you can write out your goals (your overall goal with a due date, your mini-goals, and what rewards you will give yourself for obtaining those mini-goals and your overall goal). Make sure you are realistic and safe in your goal setting; set yourself up for success. Last, make sure to review your contract or plan at a minimum of weekly to keep yourself on target.
*There are many diet journals you can purchase at your local Barnes and Noble or download to your Nook; the local El Paso stores offer a variety of diet journals and currently all local locations are offering Nook training courses if you are a new Nook owner.
- Being mindful is a very important component to building confidence; you must be mindful of your accomplishments and your attributes. Notice and acknowledge your accomplishments, for example if you are able to do five more push-ups than you could last week – notice it, be proud of it! If you were able to walk or run farther, reduced your running time – whatever it may be, please acknowledge it! Be careful of getting caught up in your slips; this is a sure fire way to diminish confidence. We all slip when working toward and maintaining a healthier lifestyle; we all miss a day of working out, or more. We all have food slips whether it was what we ate, how much we ate or a combination or both – its okay! It is not okay to beat yourself up for it or give up on what you are working toward and what you deserve. It is okay to say to yourself that you slipped and follow that up with developing a plan to target that in the future as well as thinking about your accomplishments. The bottom line is it is all about how we deal with these slips. Whatever you do, do not get in the trap of negative thinking; it has a lot of power and does not require much to gain momentum. Remember your attributes and acknowledge what you like about you.
Here is a quote that speaks to this topic well: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” Winston Churchill.