When I need to keep my focus, while working, while doing a recipe, or anything that requires focus, I talk to myself. So what of it? It helps keep the focus.
So how can talking to yourself help you lose weight? It all depends on what you are telling yourself. I always say positive begets positive. In other words, be kind to yourself.
Use self-talk to keep you on task with your weight loss efforts. We talk a lot of changing our mindset. Our mindsets developed from messages we received in our childhood. Some messages may be on target in your world, but the messages that do not work for you, change them. Change them now.
The only way to change the past is to be proactive about your future. Talk to yourself. Define your goals. Define what you need to do accomplish those goals. Plan ahead so that you know what you need to do every day to achieve success. If it takes talking to myself, I do it. You should too.
Sometimes, after a long hard day at the office, I am on my way home. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is what am I going to eat for dinner. You have to know every fast food restaurant is calling my name. I want it fast and easy.
That’s when I start doing some serious talking to myself. If you drove by my car and saw me, you’d think I was crazy. Thank goodness I have a Bluetooth. People now think I am talking to some one on my phone instead of talking to myself.
It goes something like this.
“What a day. So what am I going to have for dinner? I could call Applebee’s curbside and order a riblets basket to go.”
“Stop it, Linda. You are working to make better food choices! The only thing eating riblets and fries is make you fat and feel like crap!”
“You have roasted chicken at home. Go straight home and make a salad. Add the chicken to it. You’re done! You can do it! You can do it! You will be so glad you didn’t cave to the dark side of eating.”
“Go girl! You can do anything you set your mind too! Be fearless! It is so worth it. Work it, girl! Work it!”
I am not kidding you. Talking to myself has helped keep me straight many times. Talking to myself keeps the focus. It reminds me of capable I am, and talking to myself keeps me from going into denial. It helps me face myself.
Talk to yourself. Be kind. Be self-inspiring! And when you succeed, tell yourself how terrific and proud you are of yourself. Talk to yourself as I talk to myself. I won’t think you are crazy.
Until we meet again, this is Linda Misleh Wagner, Future Former Fatty.
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