Fall Into Motivation: 3 Easy Steps To Changing Your Mindset For Physical Change
You look in the mirror, or at that photo your spouse took during holiday a few months ago, and you don’t like what you see. Your mindset was not prepared to see the person staring back at you. You tell yourself that you’re going to change the way you look. Most of all, you’ll lose those pesky pounds. Your mindset is now fired up for change, but is it really?
Yet, weeks later you’ve forgotten the promise you made to yourself. While you’ve been busy trying to stay afloat in life, your health has become a rear view thought. Your mindset was simply focused on more important things. If you are sick of breaking your self-made promises, here are 3 tips that will help you break that bad habit of lying to yourself.
Be Honest With Yourself
Sometimes being honest about yourself to others can be misunderstood by others. Self-hate is not what I’m promoting here. Rather, I’d call it self-love. If you are truly unhappy with the way you look due to weight gain, it’s time for change. It’s time to stop making excuses and start planning for change.
Therefore, you’ll need to shut out the outside noise and decide for yourself what is best for you. That decision includes your health, whether it is physical, mental, emotional, or all three.
Being honest with yourself means two things:
➡ Having a face to face conversation with yourself
➡ Mentally prepping yourself for what’s about to happen to your body
A face to face conversation will take place in front of a mirror, because how else will you look yourself in the eyes. Mirror size isn’t a big deal but I’d recommend a bathroom or stand alone mirror. You need to be able to look yourself in the eyes and talk about the stuff that you’re ashamed to discuss with others.
Side note: I remember the episode of Sex and the City when Samantha went to the plastic surgeon for a consultation. When she looked in his mirror he had marked up all the “problem” areas and she realized that she was good with what she had.
Having a honest conversation with yourself does not mean you don’t love your body. Having a honest conversation with yourself means that you love yourself to know that it’s time for a change. It is okay if you have things that you want to work on. Don’t we all??
In other words, it’s perfectly okay to say to yourself that you want a six-pack. Who doesn’t? Realistically, you have to work hard to get that six-pack but at least you know what you want.
Have an honest conversation with yourself about what you want to change and why. From there, you can move forward with mentally prepping yourself. It won’t be easy but it will be worth it.
Keep In Mind
If you’ve gained some pounds over the last few years, you will not lose it overnight. Therefore, your mental strength will need to be at its highest peak. If you’ve had the conversation with yourself but haven’t mentally decided to take action, that conversation will have been for nothing. I could say a thousand times that I want to lose weight but if my mind isn’t properly prepared and committed, I’m not going to lose the weight.
Train Your Mindset [Mental Strength Is Key]
The first way to train your mindset is to track your daily activities. This is the method some tend to struggle with (me included). I track my eating and drinking habits for a few days, maybe weeks, but after a while I start to miss days of inputting information, and then stop altogether. There are so many apps that track everything like food and water intake that I tend to get lost in them.
I am still working on this. #WorkInProgress right!
Good thing is: Everyone isn’t like me 😉 For some people, these apps really work well. My youngest sister is a “beast” at tracking her daily food and liquid intake.
Whether you track your daily food and liquid intake by using pen and paper, or through a mobile app, is up to you. The method used to track is purely your preference but the results are the same: it works.
There is a big difference between mindlessly eating five single chocolate pies and drinking six canned sodas, versus tracking that same intake and reading what you’ve done.
The realization is sort of unbelievable, mixed with a little shame, and some acceptance. It’s also a great learning experience if you want to really focus on your daily intake of food and liquid. Some people don’t realize what they eat and drink because it’s not the focal point of their days.
I should mention that I never realized how much the sodium count adds up until I started tracking my food intake. It was crazy and I realized what was causing my headaches. So, even though I’m not great at keeping track of my daily food and water intake, the previous act of tracking made me extremely conscience of the foods I was eating. Plus, it showed me how my eating habits varied from workday to weekend. The information was eye-opening.
The second way to train your mindset is to place reminders of your goals in places you can see them. Mirrors are mentioned here because they show your reflection. They are also tape friendly.
I look at old pictures of myself, pictures of Minah from Girl’s Day, random pictures of people training and their shape. I also read other motivational stories of people weight loss journeys and that helps a lot.
Visualizations are extremely helpful when your motivation might slack off because as you’re stuffing that delicious grilled cheese sandwich into your mouth, your visual has a way of sneaking into your thoughts and ruins how tasty you might think that sandwich will be.
Visuals are great. They are constant reminders of where you want to be. People look at visuals all day whether it’s for fashion, hair styles, homes they like, animals they want to adopt, etc.
Now You Are Ready [Commitment Time]
Once you realize the contributing factors to your weight problems, it’ll be easier to tackle. Your committed mindset will help you keep up the motivation to workout, even when it’s hard.
Side note: Anytime my mind rolls back into the “I want to sleep longer” mode, I make it a point to set many alarms. It takes a few days, but after rolling myself out of bed onto the floor, and getting into my workout, my mind snaps back into action. At this point in my life, I’m unable to eat, sleep, and breathe working out…so yeah, I still have those “need to get a few more minutes in” mornings.
The three ways you can change your mindset to get that booty moving are:
💡 Honest Self-Reflections/Conversations – Because think about it, we are most honest with ourselves when we are alone. Hello, shower singing anybody 😀
💡 Tracking daily food and liquid activity – It’s better to see it and read it, than just eating it. Mobile apps work for someone; pen & paper for others. Choose which tracking method works best for you.
💡 Visuals rock! Same as reading what you eat — Pictures, drawings, etc., whatever reminds you of your goal is what you should be able to see and focus on.
➡ Bonus [Final] Step: You’ve made the preparation by following the three steps mentioned. Now comes the last step — The Commitment — This is the step that helps keep up your motivation to push forward in your weight loss journey.