Are you positive about your weight loss?

I think one huge key to success is having a positive attitude towards how you eat, how you move and how you think about yourself. I know it sounds hokey, but it really is key to being successful.

How often do you hear people moaning about having to diet or get to the gym or how horrible they look, or how they can’t eat something? A lot. You hear it in ‘real life’, you read it on blogs a lot. It can be a pervasive sentiment, and negativity breeds negativity.

Part of it is accepting things that can’t change (like calories in calories out) and realizing that what you perceive as a negative is really a positive.

Instead of griping about your exercise – how about looking at is as being privileged enough to be able to move your body and take care of it? Those of us that can move freely need to be very thankful for that, because there are plenty of people who cannot and wish they could.

Or eating fresh fruit and veggies – don’t complain about not eating the cheeseburger – see it as nourishing your health and your well being.

Something the Beck book has you do each day is to list all the positive things you did that day. It could eating right, having a great attitude, planning your meals, getting in exercise – or even just being able to stop a binge and get back on track. There is always some silver lining to be found, and the more positivity you project out, the more will come back to you.

Perception is everything.

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15 thoughts on “Are you positive about your weight loss?

  1. Herbalife Las Vegas

    I hate being around people that are always negative. I know I can be from time to time, but I try not to, too much. I agree you must think positive.

  2. Miz

    MAN IS IT EVER.
    yesterday I had a BAD DAY.
    total grump in morning and attracted back stuff all day long.

    I believed in the law of attraction before and do EVEN MORE NOW.

  3. fatty McButter Pants

    Perception is everything! It’s the key. Thanks for the reminder!

    Karma baby! We are all bundles of energy….lucky us.

  4. Roxie

    It really is how you choose to frame something. I know the change in my mental attitude about stuff was one of the most important things I’ve done. It’s easy to slip back into that negative-nelly mode, but I try to re-focus myself as soon as I notice it. It’s truly amazing what a difference it makes in how I treat myself and how I treat others.

    Great post!

  5. Red Apple

    I find it’s the people around me who are most negative about my diet and weight loss….I don’t feel I am depriving my body in any way it’s my peers who seem horrified that I choose not to indulge in unhealthy foods, and try to encourage me that MY LIFESTYLE is unhealthy and that I am punishing my body by not eating bad foods, or drinking alcohol!!!??? I agree 100% 🙂 Cei

  6. Susan

    “how about looking at is as being privileged enough to be able to move your body and take care of it?”

    I’ve been telling myself this a lot lately. Whenever I get bummed that I’m temporarily not training for my fast-approaching triathlon, I remind myself that I’m soooo luckily that I can still swim and go for my long walks. It’s important to make a point of being positive sometimes. Great post!

  7. jo

    I have made great strides in changing my attitude, but I must admit I still whine a lot.

    You are right on the money, though.

    I’m getting ready to place an Amazon order (we don’t have a book store where I live!) and the Beck book is on my list.

    Thanks for the positive reminder to be positive. =)

  8. Pam

    What a great post – I am going through a battle myself right now (as reflected in my last few posts), but by not giving up or giving in to my negativity, I finally broke free of a ten week plateau and it feels fantastic.

    Gotta keep it all in perspective, that’s for sure!

  9. Jen, a priorfatgirl

    so so true, negativity breeds negativity! There is a blog I've been reading and lately (like the past 5 weeks), she has been SO negative and I'm now seriously considereing emailing her and telling her she should just smile because she is fit, healthy & active but constatnly beats herself up if she goes over on her calories for the day or whatever.

    I agree, preception is EVERYTHING!

  10. Marsha @ A Weight Lifted

    You are so right. Living well feels great but if we’re caught up in complaining about certain elements of what it takes to live well, we miss all the fun!

    My post today on our blog is about how words can work against us. Not exactly the same subject you cover, but related. http://bit.ly/10Wwdk

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