- Take one day at a time
In order to be mindful and live in the moment, I gotta take it one minute, one hour, one day at a time.
- Surround yourself with positivity
Negative things like news, music, books, people just suck the air and energy and life out of you. Negative attracts negative. Turn it around. Be positive! I'm not saying it's gotta be hearts and flowers and ponies... just be positive! Positive attracts positive.
- Create a dream board
It really does help in visualizing goals and what you want to achieve and accomplish.
- Ask yourself what you want, and make realistic goals accordingly
On my second time here @ SP, I wanted to become the healthiest I could be as opposed to a number. I let SP determine not only the amount of weight to lose, but the time frame in which to accomplish it. When I hit that first goal - then I will consider my options.
- Reward yourself
No food as a reward. I am not a pet. However when I received a surprise bonus this year I treated myself to something I have long wanted - a Kitchen Aid mixer! How I have managed to exist for 25.75 years of marriage without one in my kitchen is now completely a mystery to me! Nothing funnier than my husband coming into the kitchen as I am hand-mixing something and pointing out that I have the mixer and could be using it. D'oh!
- Believe in yourself
I know I can convince myself to do anything if only I believe. I make sure I have the tools for success and keep honing them. I will not stand in my own way. What I want is on the other side of fear and I will get there.
- Acknowledge your attributes
About 13 years ago (37) I realized that if I didn't toot my own horn, no one outside my immediate family of my husband and Mom would realize. So that's what I started to do.
- Recognize your progress
It took awhile for me to see my own progress because I needed to re-see myself as I was currently unfolding and budding as opposed to what I had been seeing.
- Visualize accomplishing your goals
I don't visualize myself being smaller, I just picture myself physically being able to do things I wasn't sure I could accomplish before.
- Celebrate every pound lost
Trust me, there would be confetti for every loss if I didn't have to clean it up myself!
- Be kind to yourself
Super important for me to tell that negative committee in my head to sit down and shut up, or even better, just get out. If I wouldn't talk to other people in that fashion, why should I talk to myself that way?
- Focus on how your feel, not the scale
A huge thing when you consider it. The scale is great at reflecting my relationship to gravity and just plain awful at anything else. I know it is so easy to get hung up on the numbers and let your self-worth suffer, but I make sure I don't fall into that trap because it is super negative. I am totally worthy regardless of what the scale says.
- Don't compare yourself to others
Comparison is the thief of joy. Seriously! It churns up so many negative feelings. If you're an emotional eater like me it just becomes a vicious cycle. So, nip it in the bud!