“You are the only one who can make a change for yourself. Whenever you catch yourself saying something negative, replace it with something positive.” ~Julie Reisler
After struggling with failed weight-loss attempts for years, I finally found success when I changed my thinking. Before, I’d never really believed I could do it. I couldn’t picture myself any differently, and I was sure I lacked the necessary self-control.
After reading The Miracle Morning, I started practicing daily affirmations, and my life changed.
Affirmations are little reminders to ourselves that we are worthy of the work we’re putting in to improve upon our own lives. They are tiny gems in our days, urging us to turn our thinking in a positive direction and pushing us toward success.
I like to write a few positive affirmations in my journal each morning, and sometimes I’ll say a few to myself in the mirror. Encouraging myself just like I would encourage my best friend is the key to my success.
Reminding yourself daily that you can reach your goal is half the battle to actually losing the weight.
1. You have what it takes
“I am capable.”
“I know what I need to do to lose this weight.”
“I have the self-control to turn down treats that don’t support my goals.”
“I have what it takes to kick my bad habits to the curb.”
“I have the willpower to meet my daily step goal.”
These are a few examples of affirmations to remind yourself that you are capable of reaching your goals with health and fitness. I’ve never been a huge fan of affirmations that feel like lying to yourself.
Affirmations should be statements of fact that are easy to forget when you feel badly. They are reminders about your own self, which you know to be true.
2. You are already beautiful
Some of my past experiences with attempted weight loss were centered around self-loathing.
I was determined to lose weight so I could be pretty. My extra weight made me feel ugly and I hated myself for it. I would deprive myself of foods I enjoyed because my fat self didn’t deserve it, and I would work out too hard in an effort to force the fat off.
When I began using affirmations to change my outlook, my entire philosophy changed. I no longer wanted to lose weight out of dislike for my body. Now, I wanted to lose weight out of respect for my body.
That respect arose from affirmations like these:
“I am beautiful, no matter my size.”
“The size of my body does not determine my beauty.”
“My smile can brighten any room.”
“I have a beautiful soul.”
3. You deserve to feel better
Once I’d established some self-respect, I began to realize that weight loss went far beyond appearance. This was something I needed to do for myself so I could feel better.
I’d been living in such a way that I was hurting and miserable all the time. If I could drop the extra weight, I’d stop feeling so sluggish. Less weight to carry around would give me more energy and relieve my sore muscles.
Here are some affirmations that I still use to remind myself that I deserve this body:
”I have a right to feel healthy.”
“I work hard to feel good, I’ve earned it.”
“I am worthy of physical wellness.”
Believe in Yourself
Remind yourself daily that you deserve to reach your health goals, and that you have what it takes to get there. You are beautiful, and you are worth it.
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