If the expression, “What you think about, you bring about,” is accurate then, when you’re trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle, exercise or lose* weight, it can be especially important to keep a positive outlook.
I’ve come to recognize certain things about myself. I realize that I’m like a barometer to my surroundings. If it’s messy or cluttered around me, I feel physically uncomfortable, as if the chaos is internal.
If I’m around people with too much negative energy, I feel like it sucks the life out of me. What I have learned after losing almost a hundred pounds is that, if you want to be successful and find balance in your fitness and clean eating goals, you need to not only tune out the Debbie Downers and Negative Nancys in your life, but you also need to make certain that the voice of doom isn’t coming from your own thoughts!
How you respond to your surroundings, the people in your life and your own doubts will ultimately impact your decision on whether to open the door to the gym or a box of cookies!
I’m too busy!
One minute you’re signing up for a gym membership, ordering all kinds of fitness and diet products, and the next minute you’re tempted to skip the workout if an unplanned circumstance arises and throws off your well-intentioned plans, causing you to give up once again.
While it can be easy to think that you just don’t have the time to exercise, it simply isn’t true. Ultimately, when it comes to your health and fitness, we all have the same twenty-four hours in a day, and how you choose to spend your time directly impacts your results.
My standard response when someone tells me that they’re too busy to workout is, “You’re no busier than a fit person because they’re all busy too!” As an added tip, I like to tell myself that my workouts give me the strength and energy to handle all the rest of what life might throw in my path that day.
I don’t want to deprive myself!
While “I don’t have the time” is the standard response from those who struggle to fit in their workouts, the mindset of somehow eating healthier triggers an almost immediate response of feeling “deprived.”
In fact, when you begin to make healthier choices, even those closest to you can seemingly turn into saboteurs by saying “Don’t deprive yourself” or “Just have a little” or “Why don’t you start tomorrow.”
I often wonder why this sense of deprivation only seems to apply to not eating something decadent.
I want to ask, “Do you feel deprived that you can’t enjoy some of the physical activities or sports that you perhaps enjoyed when you were younger?” or “Do you feel deprived that you end up watching your kids play rather than playing with them?” or “Do you feel deprived that you can’t shop for clothes that you’d rather be wearing? Do you see the difference? How you think about your choices impacts whether it’s a punishment or a positive step.
I can tell you that after years of keeping off nearly a hundred pounds I don’t feel deprived of not eating every treat* that crosses my path.
Now that I’m in my weight range, I can decide to have what I call “worth it” treats* when I want to, rather than succumbing to every cupcake that crosses my path because I’d somehow feel cheated if I didn’t have it.
I have never passed on a dessert and the next day found myself regretting that I didn’t eat it!
Healthy Food doesn’t Taste Good!
Certain questions come up over and over again, but this is one I get asked a lot: “Why are all the foods that taste good, bad for you?” While there’s certainly an awful lot of delicious tasting food that’s not scoring well on the calorie and health meter, I wonder if they truly believe healthy food really doesn’t taste good.
I think part of it is what people are used to eating.
When you’re conditioned to eating high fat, high sugar, and salt-rich foods, eating anything else will never taste the same to you.
I remember once having a former Marine as a teacher in middle school. He was very proud of his service, and rightfully so. During class, someone asked him what the best meal he ever had was, and I’ll never forget his answer.
He said, simply, “an onion.” He explained that while he was a prisoner of war, he had been extremely hungry when someone gave him an onion and he remembered being very grateful to get it. That leads me to believe that the food you consume is governed by the food you’re used to eating.
Give yourself time to acclimate to new tastes. Don’t look with disdain on your grilled salmon or fresh salad. If you think you’re eating gruel, it’ll taste like it. Did you know that years ago they used to feed lobsters to prison inmates? I’m sure they thought they were disgusting.
Put your mind in the game, determine if you’re really hungry (or more likely bored or thirsty) and try to really enjoy the taste of fresh foods. Also, take pleasure in the way those food choices will ultimately make you feel and look!
I Hate to Exercise!
You GET to workout, you don’t HAVE to workout. Movement and physical ability are a gift, so treat* them that way. Believing that you hate to move is detrimental to your fitness efforts!
If you’ve ever taken a small child to a birthday party at one of those indoor trampoline parks or inflatable bouncy places, they are soon a sweaty, happy mess and you practically have to pry them away to get them to eat the standard pizza and cake.
I’m not sure what changes to make adults think of movement as work, rather than play, but I’m certain that it’s how they perceive it that makes the difference!
Want to bring about some healthy and positive changes? Handle negative thoughts like you would an unwelcome email and hit “unsubscribe!”
Feature Image: Danalanephoto.com, Hair and Make up: janeen-jones.com
In-Post Image: Shutterstock.com