One of my favorite Fitspiration quotes is, “Workout because you love your body, not because you hate it.” Simple, right? For me, this offers some great perspective for embracing body image in a positive way and achieving goals from a healthy state of mind, rather than setting the stage with a negative self-image.
This is why my focus is creating and developing habits for a healthier lifestyle rather than dieting to lose weight. I’m so often trapped in my own head that it’s incredibly important for those thoughts to be positive for me to succeed.
Here are some positive perspective changes I’m embracing to help me accomplish my goals:
I’m not any good at this.I’m great at ____ and can use that to improve my situation by ____. I really screwed up my diet this weekend.I had a fun weekend, and now it’s time to ramp up the energy again with a good sweat session. Today was terrible, and I’m going to make myself feel better with Oreos.Today is over, and I’ll do _____ tomorrow to make it a better day. I look gross and need to take my fat ass to the gym.I’ve made some great progress and I’m getting closer to reaching my goal.
From time to time, my confidence is going to rattle. But positive thinking and looking at each situation from a positive perspective takes practice, and the more I practice, the better I’ll get at it, and the easier it’ll be. And as I mentioned in a recent post, I care a lot about what other people think of me (for better or worse). When others interact with me, I want them to see someone who is happy and confident. That’s not going to happen by getting down on myself and letting myself drown in negative, self-deprecating thoughts. Flipping a negative perspective on its head is empowering, and it motivates me to keep going. I’ve got this.