What Thoughts Stop You From Losing Weight and Working Out
You’ve heard it—the body achieves what the mind believes. The mind is a powerful thing. What you think you will become. You get it? Yes, the mind is so very powerful—and getting fit is no stranger to falling victim to goal-destroying thoughts.
Yes, the mind can stop you from reaching your fitness goals, but how—and how can you change it?
Thoughts that Make it Hard to Lose Weight: Excuses
Yes, of course this is number one. We are experts at talking ourselves out of working out and into sinking our teeth into a snickers.
Thoughts Prevent You From Losing Weight and Working Out: So Think Realistically
Let’s face it, we all want to be John Cena tomorrow. It’s easy to imagine our hard bods strutting down the street—but it’s not going to happen tomorrow, or in 12 weeks. You gotta be realistic in your timelines or your mind will talk you out of it.
For instance, if you set a goal to lose 20 pounds in 4 months—if you lost 5 pounds at the end of your first month—you’re motivated to keep going.
BUT, if you set a goal to lose 20 pounds in 20 days—chances are—you set yourself up for failure and your mind is going to remind you that you failed…then motivation falls back down crying in a corner like a three year old spoiled brat who didn’t get his 5th lollipop.
DON’T LET YOUR MIND BE A BRAT.
Be realistic to keep your mind engaged and you’ll stick to your plan longer.
Thoughts Prevent You From Losing Weight and Working Out: Find Exercises that Make You Feel Good
Everyone has that exercise that makes them feel like a big bloated beluga or an uncoordinated freak. These exercises can cause anxiety and make your mind come up with reasons not to do them. DON’T DO THEM THEN—start where you feel confident and work your way there. Make your workouts enjoyable not uncomfortable.
What we mean by this is not to take a pleasant stroll on the treadmill at a whopping 1MPH, but find machines and exercises that work your body and that your body can work.
Thoughts Prevent You From Losing Weight: Celebrate yourself
A cheat meal will not destroy your goals, in fact, science shows one cheat meal a week actually helps people stick to their diets because they’re not deprived. Reward yourself with a treat, let yourself off the hook and acknowledge small victories. This will train your brain to look forward to results because it means rewards, too.
Mind over matter, my friend.
It sound simple, but it’s not always that simple to control thoughts. Being aware is the first step to retraining your brain so you can become consistent in your fitness endeavors.
You got this. Now convince yourself that you do, too.