The Power of a Changed Perspective
When you think of weight loss, what are the first feelings that pop into your head? For many, thoughts of hunger pains coupled with strict dieting and hours of sweating it out on cardio machines at the gym are common. However, what if when you think of losing weight your mind instantly creates images of finally being able to fit into those skinny jeans, or not being afraid to take your shirt off at the beach? What if you focused on the things you would gain instead of what you would have to give up? A changed perspective.
The power of perspective can be a useful tool in realizing your weight loss goals. By taking your current situation and putting a positive spin on it, you can access the motivation you need to get started and shed the extra pounds. Though weight loss will not occur overnight, a changed perspective will cause you to lose the weight and keep it off.
Accepting the task of incorporating a more optimistic outlook on life is the first step. Create a daily reminder for yourself. A note placed on the fridge with the words "stay positive". An alert on your phone that pops up throughout the day. Whenever a stressful situation occurs, use this reminder to help you though it.
Got a long compute to work that is sure to induce road rage? Put in your favorite CD and crank up the volume. That forty-five-minute drive is now your chance to have a mini jam session in your car.
A New Self Image
This new outlook will begin to translate to other aspects of your life, such as your self-image. One of the most important things you can do is learn to love yourself. What about you would you not trade for anything in the world? Your eyes? Hair? Smile? Don't just pick one thing, name everything you love about yourself! Make your fabulous features your focus and flaunt it!
By focusing on what you have and seeing every event or situation that occurs within your life as an opportunity to gain instead of loose, you will begin to notice that those tasks you thought were so challenging before, such as losing weight, are not that unattainable after all.
Dieting is an opportunity for you to eat all of the fruits and vegetables that you love. Exercising is an opportunity for you to now go outside and finally get to explore your neighborhood, or hike those trails you have heard about. A changed perspective will greatly increase your mental health causing you to achieve your weight loss goals while improving your overall physical health as well.