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Mind Games

Monday, July 06, 2015

A lesson I'm learning and learning and learning. Is that my mind has the capability to make or break my healthy lifestyle.

This morning I realized that I have "fat" day every time I'm supposed to go and weigh. I don't own a scale so I weigh every two weeks at a place that pays me to lose weight. HOORAY! I knew I had to weigh today, but as I was out with my friend I felt fat and frumpy and down on myself for not doing a better job of tracking my calories. I ran into another friend who mentioned how much weight I'd lost and I brushed her off stating that I was still too big.

I dragged myself to the place I weigh in and nervously stepped onto the scale. Low and behold I was down almost 6 pounds. WOW! I was shocked.

As I drove home I made the realization about my "fat" days and I was baffled that despite all the evidence I still allow my mind to sabotage my progress. I mean the scale says I'm losing weight, my fitness ability shows I'm losing weight, I'm two pant sizes down, I can pull my fat pants off without unbuttoning them. I look better in pictures, I feel better. But I still set myself up without even realizing it.

So now I have to figure out what to do about it. First of all I'll start with looking at my motivation board, then I'll try to notice and counter whenever I find that I'm sabotaging myself. Really though, I'll take any advice on what others have done to overcome their own mind games.

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    Congratulations! You're doing a great job. Keep working on your positive inner voice. It takes practice and diligence but it can overpower the negative thinking eventually! Hang in there and keep up the good work!
    1616 days ago
    What a giant step forward in your journey! Congratulations on your progress so far and best wishes for your future. The day-to-day is wearing because sometimes the changes are small and we can't "see" them. But adding up all those small changes make for some big ones, so keep on moving.
    1616 days ago
    Honestly, this is something I'm currently battling with. I hadn't had this big of an issue with this until recently. I think because I've lost a significant amount of weight but still feel big.

    One thing I do is I try to remind myself of how far I've come already whether it be in fitness or eating habits... clothing size... confidence... ANYTHING really! Remembering how far I've come helps me realize that while I may have a long road ahead of me and that I'm still very much overweight, I have accomplished so much and will accomplish anything else set before me, and I have a right to feel PROUD of myself. That pride and confidence in myself helps put me in a frame of mind that squashes that "fat" feeling. I hope this helps you too.
    1616 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/6/2015 10:07:57 PM
    We really are our biggest enemies. I think anyone that needs to lose substantial amounts of weight feels this way. I've lost like 45 lbs now and my brain is like that isn't anything. TRY HARDER. My body is like hey brain, I think you need to be rebooted cause that's a lot. I know I'm a perfectionist and I'm impatient. I want to lose it NOW! I think realizing slow steady progress is best helps me. That and I tell my brain to shut up lol. You keep up the good work!
    1616 days ago
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    Congratulations on the weight and inches lost! Persevere with the mental changes - it's good of you to recognize that your thoughts haven't caught up with reality.
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