It’s a new month and I asked the beautiful ladies in my group The Glow Up Society what were they calling into their lives for the month of July. Many stated they wanted to become healthier and lose weight.
Have you ever wondered if you could shed the extra pounds just by focusing on your mind? The answers is YES!!
Here are my top 14 mindset tips that helped me shed almost 80lbs (79 to be exact):
1. Visualize a healthier/thinner version of yourself – how do you show up? What do you wear? How do you act? What are you now able to do that you weren’t able to do before? How do you feel? What do your days look like now? How are you taking care of yourself?
Start to add those positive changes in your daily life.
Do not wait until you’ve lost weight to love yourself or feel confident. The journey is the destination, enjoy it!
2. Incorporate affirmations – they can be used to provide motivation as well as help you develop new healthier habits by reprogramming your mind. Want my list of affirmations for weight loss? Sign up for my list of 40 positive affirmations that helped me lose almost 80lbs here.
3. Eat slower – take at least 15-20 minutes to eat your food. This will allow your mind and body time to recognize when you are no longer hungry so you don’t end up overeating. It’ll also help you feel fuller longer, help with digestion plus the food tastes better.
4. Divide portions – most restaurants give you way too much food, usually about 2-3 servings in one sitting. Because we see all the food in front of us, we feel obligated to eat it — usually linked to childhood memories where we had to eat all our food on our plate. As soon as the food comes out, cut it in half and even ask the server to bring a to-go box immediately.
5. Express gratitude for all the positive changes you’re making and things you’ve noticed you are now able to do. This is a big one. It helps you stay focused and motivated which raises your vibration so you continue to do MORE of it and manifest better health with ease.
6. Journal – helps to create awareness around your habits, beliefs , behaviors and triggers. If you’re feeling like making an unhealthy eating choice or you have made one, journal about it. What happened? What didn’t happen? What caused the change in attitude? How can you eliminate your exposure to it? If you cannot eliminate it completely, can you minimize it? Or can you change how you view it?
7. Don’t hold a grudge against yourself – if you slip up, it’s ok! Get back on the wagon, you do not have to give up and jeopardize all of your hard work. Keep going! It’s ok to start over!
8. Ditch the scale – don’t worry about the number. Taking actual measurements using tape can be way more helpful and beneficial to see your progress. Think about how you FEEL. Do you feel lighter? More energized? Clothes looser? The scale can be a lady’s worst enemy. As women, our weight fluctuates and if it’s around that time of the month, ohhhh don’t you dare think about it. Instead, look at the progress you’ve made in terms of how you feel and this will help keep you motivated.
9. Set realistic goals – do not set yourself up for failure. I get it. You wanna lose weight NOW and you will but understand what is reasonable for YOU. If you have never exercised a day in your life, do not try to run a marathon tomorrow! If you are using a scale, set realistic and HEALTHY weight loss goals.
10. Ditch comparison – don’t ask anyone how long it has taken them to lose weight. You may not notice it but it gives your mind a benchmark and if you do not reach it, you can discourage yourself. Everyone goes through their own journey on their own timing. If you are stuck feeling unmotivated and discouraged, do not look at other people’s pictures. Check out one of my previous blog posts about comparison here.
11. Release the mental blocks – work to remove whatever belief, behavior or fear you have around being healthy. You’re not too old. It’s not too late. You don’t have to stay a certain way if you do not want. Just because it’s there doesn’t mean you have to eat it (the starving kids on another continent won’t be able to get it anyway). Leftovers are fine. It’s not rude to politely decline someone’s offer. You do not have to feel as though you’re about to burst. Just because you’ve “ALWAYS” done it doesn’t mean you have to continue down that path. You have the power to create change in your life. No one is special. You can do it too.
12. Track – get a food journal/diary or use an app like myFitnessPal to track your intake. At least initially—you can later remove it but it helps to create awareness around our behaviors. Sometimes we do not realize our behaviors and patterns are getting in the way. That extra snacking adds up. By recording your food, you become aware of what you’re consuming and can hold yourself accountable. Sometimes it just helps to SEE what we’re doing. We do not usually put a lot of thought into our snacking and most times, do it without even paying attention!
13. Reward vs punishment – instead of a punishment system and feeling as though you are depriving yourself, set up something more empowering. Being healthier is a GOOD thing and should be rewarded! Be proud of the choice that you are making by choosing to become healthier.
14. Set up a support system or accountability partner. Surround yourself with likeminded people who support you and your goals. It helps to partner with someone on the same journey or who can provide insight/inspiration when times get tough. You do not have to do this alone!
Last but certainly not least, be patient with yourself and show yourself compassion.Natalie
Also, if you’re looking for an amazing planner, check out my Glow Up Planner that has both mindset and manifestation techniques to help you crush your goal within 30 days and yes, there’s even a spot to express gratitude and for affirmations.