Why you need weight loss affirmations
Weight loss affirmations can be an incredibly powerful tool. When used well, they can help train your brain to think positively about your goals and successes. I’m going to be honest here for a second. Weight loss isn’t hard because of a knowledge deficit. Most know what healthy eating looks like and what basic exercises they should be doing. That’s not the hard part of losing weight.
The hard part, is that tiny little voice inside your brain that makes you think you are weak, or unworthy. Or the one that says you are never going to lose weight because you have tried SO MANY TIMES before, and failed. That is what makes losing weight really hard. (There are other factors too of course, but your mindset is a HUGE one.)
Affirmations are a form of positive mental scripting that can undo years of bad mental imaging and behavior patterns as these can secure, uphold and restore your self-image during those times when your resilience falters. Using affirmations each and every day, will not only help your brain to believe it’s not only possible, but that you will actually do it! Because it is, and you will. So let’s get you started with a few weight loss affirmations, shall we!
How To Use Affirmations To Help You Achieve Your Goals And Stay Focused
Focus on the positive
Self-doubt happens when you face setbacks. When meeting a goal is harder than you expected it to be, you may be tempted to procrastinate or give up. It slowly starts peeling away at your self-image and security, fear and doubt silently kill off your will to achieve your goals.
Don’t let this happen to you. Remind yourself of all of your good attributes! Make a long list of your best qualities. For example write down that you are a good person, that you have a kind heart, you are empathetic to those who are hurting, that you are well-respected in your career, or that you are an amazing friend, sister, mother. Whatever it is that you are really good at!
It may not be easy to do at first, but once you start to find a few great qualities, you’ll find they start flowing out easier.
This is not self-flattery, it’s a reminder of who you really are. This list will come in handy at a point when you might forget how great, capable and determined you really are. (This is especially important when that little negative nancy voice creeps in.)
Step 1: Do some soul-searching. Make a long list of all of your positive qualities.
Rid yourself of the negative
Reflect on any negative talk you’ve learned over the years. Various social pressures and projections may have ingrained a warped picture of yourself in your subconscious. For example, let’s take a look at some of the labels society in general throws at people. lazy, fat, ghetto, wannabe, preppy, hipster, and so forth.
Then again, you might have been negatively scripted in very articulate terms: you are a sluggish child, you can’t ever be on time, you are bad with directions, and so forth. By assessing which aspects of your life are affected by these negative thinkings, you can set an action plan to create a more positive outlook, which leads to more positive behaviors.
Step 2: Let that negative stuff go. What words or phrases can you use to replace the negative scripts you have of yourself?
Match your goals with your affirmations
Now align your goals with your positive qualities. Start merging your new positives with your goals.
- For example: when trying to lose weight, see yourself as a disciplined person who is bettering themselves from the inside out.
- Another example: If you know you’re a bit lazy with a promising new job, see yourself as a rising professional who would never risk losing by being late for work.
See how adding your positive qualities helps make the goals feel more attainable? You’ll start erasing that negative scripting faster when your actions change, and there’s no better way to go about it than to make your goals part of the process.
Step 3: Merge your best qualities with your goals
Create your own Affirmations
Create a set of positive affirmations that you can refer to as a source of inspiration. These will be a visual cue to remind you often of who you are, and what you are working towards.
There’s several ways you can create great affirmations:
- You can start by writing down your best qualities in a notebook. Include your favorite uplifting quotes from authors that inspire you.
- Or you can create a collage of images that closely resembles your goals: a healthier body, healthy-looking meals for a better food relationship, better grades, a promotion at work, a new car, a bigger house and travel opportunities.
- I like the idea of making several affirmations on paper and hanging them in an area of your house you will see often.
These will start embedding themselves into your subconscious. Your brain will start picturing these things as achievable and naturally make ways for you to reach them. Visual cues can also help remind us of the things we value, and few things are more valuable to us than the integrity of our best attributes. Post this visual board somewhere where you will see it often!
Step 4: Create your affirmations
Use your Affirmations Every Day
Use your affirmations every day. Affirmations only work through constant repetition. You are trying to condition your mind to see and believe the best things about yourself! Sometimes while you undergo times of self-doubt, it’s easy to forget what makes you so worthwhile and unique. As long as negative thoughts and behaviors persist in your psyche, you still need the power of affirmations to turn things around, so don’t stop using them. Eventually, they will become embedded into your beliefs and thoughts on a daily basis, and become a part of who you are, but it takes a long time for this to happen.
Step 5: Use them every day!
First grab our blank printable affirmations cards. Print these off and create words that resonate within you. Remember to work through the steps above. Then hang them up and read them every day. These words will slowly become apart of you, how you think, and how you talk to yourself, so make them good!
We also made you some examples of great affirmations to help get you started. If you use Pinterest create a new board called “weight loss affirmations” or “Fitness goals.” You can start by pinning these images, and then go find a bunch more to add to that board. You can refer to it often as an online “Affirmation collage.”