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5 Simple Tricks For Staying Positive While Losing Weight

Stay Positive
Losing weight is the number one health and fitness goal for many people. However, it is not without its setbacks and pitfalls. When you experience an obstacle on your weight loss journey, it is very easy to fall into a negative mindset. The good news is that there are a number of steps you can undertake to ensure that you maintain a positive attitude as you go through your weight loss journey. This article will help you do exactly that and list 5 simple tricks for staying positive while losing weight.

1 – Find Exercises You Enjoy
Working out is tough, especially if you are currently physically unfit. This can make it seem like all forms of exercise are impossible to enjoy and lead to you having a negative outlook towards exercise. However, once you find some exercises that you find fun, working out will no longer feel like a chore.

To start finding exercises that you will enjoy, you first need to research the various workout programs and exercise routines that are available. Once you’ve done this research, you can then select the ones that seem most fun to you. Then give each of these exercise options a try and stick with the ones that are most enjoyable. By doing this, you will find it easy to stick to your workout routine and maintain a positive mindset while losing weight.

2 – Get Creative In The Kitchen
Food is something that many people struggle with when trying to lose weight. They think about all the delicious foods they will have to give up in order to lose weight and then start to incorrectly believe that all that’s left is tasteless, unappetizing healthy foods. However, the truth is that with a little creativity, healthy foods can be tasty and delicious.

To start finding healthy and nutritious recipes that taste great, simply do a quick search online. There are hundreds of websites dedicated to this very subject and you’ll be able to find some low calorie, nutrient packed alternatives to your favorite meals in just a few minutes.

3 – Question Your Thoughts
Your thoughts can be positive or negative, organized or out of control. When your thoughts start to become out of control and negative, you become bombarded with cruel notions that will hamper your weight loss progress.

Therefore, it is necessary to take time out to collect your thoughts and steer any negative thoughts in a positive direction. For example, if you find yourself thinking ‘this isn’t working’, question this belief and see if it is really true. It is likely that there are plenty of examples you can find where you have made positive steps on your weight loss journey.

By doing this, you not only prove that the negative belief simply isn’t true but you also have a positive and truthful belief you can replace it with. Over time, this ensures that you do not sabotage your weight loss goals with persisting negative thinking and also builds your positivity levels towards losing weight.

4 – Reward Yourself
One of the best but most underutilized ways for staying positive on your weight loss journey is by rewarding yourself. By doing this, you not only get the positive reinforcement that comes with actually losing weight but you also get a more tangible bonus which further builds your positivity.

Weight loss rewards can be anything you choose, provided that they don’t sabotage the weight loss progress you have already made. Some good examples of weight loss rewards include buying yourself a new outfit, treating yourself to a mini-vacation or enjoying a relaxing bubble bath.

5 – Keep A Weight Loss Success Journal
Having a journal where you can write down your positive achievements on your weight loss journey is a great motivational tool. To start benefiting from this practice, simply write down 1 weight loss success that you’ve experienced in a journal every single day.

Over time, this journal will build into a substantial record of your weight loss successes and will provide instant motivation every time you read it. It will also provide you with the positivity boost when you experience setbacks on your weight loss journey and feel like quitting.

Summary
As you can see, staying positive as you lose weight is very possible. Practice these simple tricks consistently and watch as your attitude towards weight loss improves with each passing day.

Monday Motivator – How we React When We Are Down is the Key

If you have ever been down. If you are down now, please please understand that it is in these moments that success calls. These tough times are simply a test, simply part of the path to achieving our destiny, our brighter days, our calling!

Enjoy this great compilation that says it so well (6 min):

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

I heard a speech given by a friend recently who talked about his tour at the offices Facebook in California. He described how everywhere you turned there were posters and banners that asked this one simple question. “What would you do if you were not afraid?”

That really seems to be the gist of it all. Imagine pursuing your dreams with no fear. No fear of failure. No fear of success. No fear of what people might say. The list seems endless. Imagine for a moment that you can do anything you want with no real negative ramifications should you fail.

Imagine being able to have it all!

I know that when I remove fear completely from my mind I can, at least in my imagination, truly accomplish great things. But yet the fear really is there. The thing that I do know however is that whenever I take action. Whenever I use action to cure fear I always move forward until I may not always succeed the fear always goes away.

But when I do succeed I know that I would not have reached that success without having had to overcome certain elements and certain levels of fear.

So imagine what’s possible. Overcome your fears in order to achieve your goals. But in order to set your goals take fear of the picture so that you can get a clear picture of what your true goals really are. The of course, pursue them!

100% Responsibility

Who's Responsible?
Who’s Responsible?

Among the many “single most important factors” on the road to success is the one of taking 100% responsibility for all that not only has occurred in our lives but more importantly, what will occur in our lives.

It is quite easy to find all the reasons in the world why we either have not progressed, cannot progress, or will not progress towards a better life. Whether that better life be in the area of relationships, health, finance, what have you, we always find an excuse, some way of pardoning ourselves from a more satisfying, rewarding, or even acceptable life.

Yes, as any successful person will tell us, the only way to achieve what we want in life is by taking 100% responsibility. When we look at the word “responsibility” we see a clue that can guide us on our quest. It is the “ability” to “respond”. In every situation that life presents us we have the free choice to respond how we wish. That response is what will shape our future in the short and long term.

Should we “choose” to blame the economy, our spouse, children, boss, weight, bank manager, parents, what and who ever, we in essence choose to allow others to design our lives for us. In the words of Jim Rohn “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”

When we choose however to design and create our own outcomes then we choose the path of success, in all areas of life. Of course, all the external factors play a roll in what we can do to a certain extent but they can never determine the final outcome. No, we cannot change others. If we have truly done our best and are still “stuck” in that bad relationship, that depressing job, that toxic neighborhood, that not-so-great financial situation, then we very well may not be able to even set the positive example needed in the hope that others will change. We may need to make some very hard decisions and change the environment we are in by leaving it.

There’s a story about school boy who would open his lunchbox every day and complain, “Here we go again, I always have tuna sandwiches for lunch!” One day, his friend asked, “Why don’t you ask your mom to prepare a different lunch for you tomorrow?” The boy replied, “My mother doesn’t make my lunch, I do.”

Do you have a “tuna sandwich” in your life? A situation you complain about every day but don’t do anything about? Don’t do anything to change your outcomes?

  • Do you hate your job so much that you get chest pains every morning before work?
  • Are you in a relationship that makes you cry more than it makes you laugh?
  • Are you aware that you’re carrying some extra weight, but planning to start exercising tomorrow? Next week? Next month?
  • Do you know that incorporating fruits and vegetables to your diet is beneficial, but you never buy fruits and vegetables?

The reason people are living “tuna sandwich” situations is because they are not taking full ownership of their lives. 100% responsibility, 100% of the time! In my own personal experience I’ve learned that the most important step a person must take in order to create the lives of their dreams is taking 100% responsibility of their lives. Not 99%, 100%!

The word “rationalize” come to mind. When we stop “rationalizing”, making “rations” of the amount of personal responsibility we have for our own outcomes, and start understanding and “knowing”, that the only person who can truly bring a better life to ourselves is ourselves, we start moving towards that better life.

The Happiness is in the Progress

The Road to Happiness
The Road to Happiness

I, as have many, have searched for happiness. Many times we hope that the “happiness” will finally come when we have attained that certain something. We spend countless hours, sometimes countless money, energy, and emotion in pursuit of that happiness. And yet when that great day comes when we finally achieved our goal. Buy that new thing, that new widget. Attain that great relationship, after a little bit or perhaps more time, we awaken to realize that the happiness is just not there. Or at least, that it has come and gone.

How then can we in the end achieve happiness? I think the first question to answer is, what is happiness? And if we can define happiness, is it really achievable? Before writing this post I was not quite sure that that answer can be attained. I then recalled a great definition that I had seen written by Steven Reiss:

“Harvard social psychologist William McDougall wrote that people can be happy while in pain and unhappy while experiencing pleasure; To understand this, two kinds of happiness must be distinguished: feel-good and value-based. Feel-good happiness is sensation-based pleasure. When we joke around or have sex, we experience feel-good happiness. Since feel-good happiness is ruled by the law of diminishing returns, the kicks get harder to come by. This type of happiness rarely lasts longer than a few hours at a time.

Value-based happiness is a sense that our lives have meaning and fulfill some larger purpose. It represents a spiritual source of satisfaction, stemming from our deeper purpose and values. We experience value-based happiness when we satisfy any of the 16 basic desires–the more desires we satisfy, the more value-based happiness we experience. Since this form of happiness is not ruled by the law of diminishing returns, there is no limit to how meaningful our lives can be.” (The full article is here)

To take this one step further and as Tony Robbins has been heard to say, it is in the progress. Every time we move closer to our goals. Every time we become a better “self” we are in essence experiencing happiness or rather we have the opportunity to experience happiness. That is a topic on its own. The “happiness” that we experience in that fleeting moment of having achieved a goal, is dwarfed by the happiness that we feel internally as we evolve, as we become the better and better person we can become. That is where the happiness lies. In the pursuit!

Be a Creator!

This is a movie (The Kumbaya Movie, 3:15 min) that has inspired me for years. When we realize that we are in essence the creators of our own destiny, we are then empowered to create our lives the way we wish. Along the lines of James Allen’s “As a man thinketh”, our outer life (character and circumstances) is a result, an outcome, of our inner thoughts. This short clip from Mary Robinson Reynolds is right on:

Even G-D Took a First Physical Action

Let There Be Light
Let There Be Light

I had an interesting discussion with my son this morning. We were talking about how even once someone sets a goal for themselves they still need to take action. And sometimes the first physical action that is taken is not only the most important, but also the most difficult. I started to think of examples I could give him in this to demonstrate. And thankfully I believe there is one that is no better than this.

G-d, in creating the world in essence gave us the model. He took a first “physical” action. As is described to us in the book of Breishit (Genesis), G-d, though not described as such, thought about creating a world. And His first “physical” action was that of saying what was about to be created during each of the six days. For example, “Let there be light”. Since we believe that God has no actual physical attributes, that “action” is in essence God’s “physical” action.

And that is the model for us all. In order to bring to reality the things that we think about, the things that we envision, we must take that first physical action towards achieving each of our goals. And then we can continue taking those small steps which we all know will end up becoming the fruition and achievement of our goals.