Three Mindset Shifts for Weight Loss

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You’ve been trying to lose weight for years. You had some success, then you hit a roadblock. This happens over and over again. So, what’s the biggest thing in the way of your continued success toward your weight loss goal? Sure, eating habits play a big role. Getting enough exercise and sleep also contribute. But there’s one thing that many people don’t consider when they are embarking on a goal to lose weight.

Let’s talk about mindset!

Our brain has a knack for setting us up for failure or success. If we have the wrong mindset, we could be sabotaging ourselves toward our goals without even knowing it. There could be deep-seeded beliefs or feelings that take over subconsciously, and the next thing you know the number on the scale hasn’t changed at all (or worse, it has gone up!)

Here are three mindset shifts that can help you break through your weight loss goals:

  1. Believe it is possible. Believing something is possible is the first step in achieving something. If you don’t think you can do it, you won’t be able to. 

  2. Believe it will be okay. Change can be daunting. Maybe we think our loved ones will be jealous if we lose weight (when they could lose some too). Or we might attract attention we don’t want if we weight less. Or we don’t know what we would wear. Know that you will STILL be able to handle any challenges that come your way, and trust that the benefits of losing weight will outweigh any of your concerns.

  3. Know that what you weigh is not your identity. Some people see themselves only as overweight, or it’s just part of their identity. You are you, no matter what your size. 

Take a few minutes today to consider where your mindset might be holding you back toward your goals. Could one of these mindset shifts help? 

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Using Vision Boards to Make Your Dreams a Reality

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Remember that trip you wanted to take to Europe? Or that craft business you wanted to start? It’s easy for time to pass us by without making any progress to toward our goals unless we focus on them with intention. What we focus on is what grows, so why not keep your goals in plain view? One great way of keeping your goals at the top of your mind is through a vision board. 

How does it work? It’s actually pretty easy. Just grab some poster board and some magazines, and cut out images, words, and quotes that focus on how you want to feel and what you want to achieve. Say you really want to travel more, so grabbing a travel magazine with photos of your desired destination will help it seem like more of a real possibility. It’ll be there, right in front of you every single day. Seeing it repeatedly and knowing that is something you are striving for will help you work toward traveling vs. just wishing you could go.

Vision boards work well because they are so visual. If they focus on how you want to feel, or how you want to spend your time, they will be more likely to become a reality. But, they don’t HAVE to be visual. I created a “Vision Wall” which was essentially several sticky notes with goals for various areas of my life. Things I wanted to do, learn, and be. What I wanted in my daily life. Where I wanted to travel. Goals for my business and myself. I used fun pens to write them out, and put the ones that I wanted to focus on most right next to the doorway in the bedroom. That way, every day it was the first thing I was seeing as I left the bedroom. 

Keep your vision board (or wall!) in an area that you don’t mind leaving it up - but also somewhere you’ll see it every day. It might seem a little strange to have it displayed so publicly, but it is also a great way for your spouse, partner, friends, or family to know what you’re aiming toward, so they can be supportive. In fact, you and your partner can both create your own, and see how they intersect. Maybe you’ll find a fun new mutual goal to strive for together.

Get the most out of your vision board by taking action! What would it take to travel to Europe? When could it happen? Make a list of what needs to happen and when, then start knocking things off the list! You’ll be sipping champagne at the top of the Eiffel Tower before you know it, and all because you lent a bit of focus (and action) toward your goal.

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You Want Something? Here's How to Make it Happen!

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Two friends are chatting about their diets. The first one says, “I want to be healthy and feel great.” The second one says, “I intend to be healthy and feel great.”

Which one do you think is going to get healthy and feel great? Yep—the one who intends it.

Wanting is simply wishing you can have or do a particular thing it. Intending means you’re committed to achieving something by making a plan for success—and sticking to it!

The key to intention is action. Try this to build your intention muscle:

  • Get clear on what you want. Create a vision board by gathering images and words that pertain to your goal, and gluing them onto a large piece of construction paper. Hang the collage in a spot where you’ll see it often. (Or, you can use an online service like Pinterest to create a digital vision board.)
  • Do something to make your desire happen. Let’s say you want to eat four servings of vegetables a day. Your first action may be to go to a farmers’ market and purchase a few veggies you can cook for dinner.
  • Celebrate your achievement! Don’t forget to congratulate yourself for meeting your goal. How to Have a Great Day... Every Day!

Did you know that you can even set an intention to have a great day? Rather than diving into your morning and hoping you’ll achieve your day’s big goal, why not take a moment and set yourself up for success?

Try this “Setting An Intention to Succeed” exercise used by professional athletes, speakers, politicians, and performers:

  • Upon waking, lie in bed and think about what you have planned for your day (or, find a quiet spot to sit and contemplate).

  • Think about your desired outcome. Take a deep breath and visualize yourself succeeding.

  • Replay your success several times in your mind.

  • Next, add other senses, including sounds, smells, and touch. For instance, as you replay your success, you now also hear the director offering you the gig, or you feel the physical sensation of your finger hitting the “send” button on your latest assignment.

  • Lastly, replay the scene again, adding emotions. Feel your elation at getting the part, or your pride at finally finishing your work. 

  • Reflect on your intention throughout the day.

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