Positive self talk is a big deal. It’s a game changer. Of all the things I have done to get me where I am today in terms of health and fitness, the positive self talk is probably the most crucial.
1. “Just do better”
2. ” I can do it”
3. “Each step is getting me closer”
I was overweight for many years. So, understandably, there had been many, many, MANY times where I had resolved to “lose the weight”. And I failed many, many, MANY times. I can remember once in high school saying, “I’m going on a fast. It’s a religious one. Because when I’m skinny, I will thank God!!”. Yep, I really said that. One common thread among all of my attempts to lose was that I always had some lofty weight loss goal in terms of pounds and boy did I want instant gratification. “I’m going to lose 50lbs!” Three (or less) days later, half a pound (less) lost, and cue binge fest!
4. “I am enough”
5. “I am worth it”
6. “I can and I will”
So, something that seemed to work for me this time around was not setting a goal. Well, I guess I did set a goal, but it was not in terms of pounds/sizes/fat percentages or any such thing. My goal was simply “Do Better”. I would tell myself, “just do better”, “you can do better”, “you’ve done better!” and many variations of this simple goal.
I didn’t tell anyone my goal. Sure, people noticed that I was going to the gym. I would talk about exercising. But I would never talk about weight loss goals with my close friends and family. I didn’t want them rooting for me at that time. And I have some fabulous friends and family who are an amazing cheering section. But I needed to be my own cheering section. I cheered myself on in my head for the first several months of my journey. Was I always positive? No. Did I still have negative thoughts about myself and my progress? Sure. But I had an exponential increase in the amount of positive thoughts flying around in my over-analytical mind compared to my past. That positive self talk ignited the fire and everything else fueled the flames.
I am a runner and fitness fanatic who is dedicated to living a healthy lifestyle 80% of the time. I live in Texas and divide my time between raising 3 children, teaching, and living a fit life.