Turn On the Ignition for Weight Loss
Have these thoughts buzzed around in your brain:
- If I had time to exercise, I could lose weight.
- I have terrible metabolism so it’s very hard for me to burn calories.
- I can’t stop eating desserts and other things I love.
- It’s not worth it to lose weight because I just gain it back again.
About this time in January, your enthusiasm for working out and eating healthy is waning. If you want to turn the key in the ignition to start losing weight, you’ll have to check under the hood to make sure your engine is working properly. Your engine is your brain. You must begin with a winning mindset.
Have you ever seen Winnie the Pooh tap his head and say “Think Think Think.” Just like that silly old bear had to work hard at remembering things, you do too. When it comes to losing weight, the stomach isn’t the most important organ in your body. The brain is. What you think about food and your ability to lose weight will dictate your actions.
If you’re constantly thinking, “I’m so fat. I hate how I look,” you will walk around discouraged and depressed. When you allow yourself to believe thoughts like “It’s too much work to lose weight” or “I could never look like that,” you’ve created a self-fulfilling prophecy. You will never rise above your expectations.
So how do you reverse negative thoughts that have occupied your brain for years? You push them out with positive ones.
I have found the Bible to be a tremendous source for helping me change my thought life. Ephesians 4:23 instructs you and me to be constantly renewed by having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude. What is that fresh mental and spiritual attitude, and how can you get it?
Philippians 4:8 offers the answer, “Always think about what is true. Think about what is noble, right and pure. Think about what is lovely and worthy of respect.”
So set your mind on thoughts like this:
- Today is my day to eat healthy and exercise.
- I believe I can meet my fitness goals.
- My season of change is here.
- I am going to have a food victory today.
Do you believe you are able to lose those holiday pounds? If not, what limiting beliefs stand in your way?
Little victories day by day. You can do this!