Thursday, March 15, 2012
That was the topic of my WW meeting this morning. I must admit that this is one thing I haven't given much thought to. Yet, if truth be told, I am constantly giving myself negative thoughts. Sometimes I can be my own worst enemy. When someone comments on my weight loss, I usually respond with how painfully slow it has been, rather than acknowledging that I have indeed made good progress. It is so easy to be negative when you are trying to lose weight because, no matter how much we lose, it is never enough and it is never fast enough. Even though I know how irrational that it – afterall, it came on one pound at a time and it can only come off the same way – I continually send myself negative thoughts. I would never think of making such negative comments to my SP buddies! Why on earth can't I be more supportive to myself? Simple answer, mostly because I have not admitted that this is a problem and that it is impacting my progress. Today's meeting made me take a closer look at the power of positive thinking and how to to be more supportive of my efforts.
Some of the positive comments I should be channeling to myself include how much I have increased the level of exercise over the last four years (I have gone from very little - 45 minutes in one of my more active weeks at the beginning - to at least 6 hours a week now); how many more healthy choices I have been making, especially in terms of eating more fruits and veggies and cutting down on processed, sugary foods; and how much more confidence i have in myself - I am out and about way more often than I was four years ago.
I have some favorite phrases that I have come across in articles, the message boards, and other SP resources. I need to say them more often to myself. Do any of these sound familiar?
"It is all about progress, not perfection."
"Believe it; achieve it."
"You CAN do this!!!"
"Make progress or make excuses. I am choosing to make progress."
I also have some favorite quotes that I have collected from SP resources and fellow SP members that I find highly motivating. I keep them on my SP page, but I really need to have them more readily available to me. I will be putting these on one sheet of paper, printing it out, and keeping it handy (posting on fridge, for example) to help add another level of positive thinking:
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose". ~ Dr. Seuss
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it well and serenely"... ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes (American Poet, Lecturer and Essayist, 1803-1882)
"It's easy to say you're too tired, too stressed, too busy, too this or too that. Too bad. The only way you'll strip away the fat is to start by stripping away the excuses." -- Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen- You on A Diet
"The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize."
Richard Monckton Milnes
"The journey shows you what you are made of - the destination is the evidence."
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Thomas A. Edison
Never, never, never quit.
Working on positive thinking may be one of the more important habits I need to develop to reach my goal. I am on it!