One of the biggest challenges that we face when we change our lifestyle to a healthy lifestyle is facing how we think. Whether it is ingrained in us since we were little – like someone telling us we are fat (and then in our mind we are fat and ugly) or something terrible happened to us and the only way that we know how to cope is to eat! (Stress Eating) Both of these are things that I have faced over my lifetime in the past.
When someone tells you – you are fat – there is a lot of stigma and negative energy surrounding that. It has taken a lot of years to get over that feeling of being fat and ugly. So we have to stop allowing destructive negative energy to dominate our minds. There is a very simple and straightforward solution for overcoming even the most stubborn and dominant negativity. All you have to remember is N.I.C.E!
Notice when your thoughts and energy take on a negative vibe.
Intervene by telling negativity to get lost and realize what kind of person it makes you.
Change your way of thinking using positive affirmations and other positive activities.
Embrace the way positive energy makes you feel.
So we need to pay attention to what we are thinking. When we have a negative thought – such as “I’m fat so I must be ugly” we need to take that and notice the negative vibe. Tell the negativity to get lost. Change how we think by thinking “I am not fat so thus I am no longer ugly”. Embrace how the positive vibe makes you feel.
Another way to face this is realize you are thinking negative, tell the negative to get lost and then get up and move or change what you are doing and do something that requires your full attention. This will help that negativity to stop creeping in. Be thankful that you have lost 2″ and feel that sense of accomplishment no matter how big or how small. A sense of accomplishment has a huge positive impact and will turn around any negative thought or behavior.
You can completely change your thinking from negative to positive by appreciating the good in your life. Be grateful for the small success of 2″ lost. Be thankful you can go for a walk – even if it isn’t very far. One of the best things I know of takes you from sitting on the couch to adding 5 minutes of movement every day for 30 days. At the end of the 30 days you could be walking for 1-1/2 hours just by increasing your time each day by 5 minutes. Maybe you need to do 1 minute a day to get started. By the end of the 30 days you could be walking for 30 minutes. Be thankful for any success. Keeping a positive attitude is very helpful in living a healthy lifestyle. Write it down so you can go back and read it once in a while. Remember those good feelings and the small successes.
Once you have changed your thoughts from negative to positive and start embracing this new way of thinking, the easiest thing to do is to SMILE with your whole face. You can practice it in the mirror. You will be amazed at how just smiling can change your whole day. Be determined to be nice to others as well, even if it’s just to hold the door open for someone or to say “Thank You” to the clerk checking you out at the store. Put a smile on for others and it will make you feel amazing.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to us if you have any questions or if we can help in any way. Have an awesome week and see you next week!