Friday, December 29, 2006Mantras for Motivation
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Mantras for Motivation
Say it with me: "Being positive counts."
In trying to lose weight, sometimes, negative voices in your mind can trip you up. You might put too much pressure on yourself to succeed; then when you miss the mark, you beat yourself up over it.
Maybe you've told yourself that you will fail, again. Or when getting ready to work out, you say "This is going to be hard," "I don't have any energy," "I don't have enough time"--all internal messages that cause your body to react with anxiety and stress.
That kind of thinking immobilizes you and renders you hopeless. If you keep on thinking like this, you'll never change because all of these attitudes interfere with weight-loss success.
"Mantras" or positive affirmations can get you over these head-trip hurdles. Here are some examples:
You can do it.
Just one more mile.
I feel great.
I look great.
I have a strong, healthy body.
I can do this.
Fit feels good.
One day at a time.
I'm prepared for today's workout.
By repeating mantras like these, you keep your attention centered and focused on what you need to do. What's more, you silence the negativity that goes on in your head. The effect is to create a new mental pattern of focusing on the positive, staying in the present, and not worrying about the future.
Using mantras is like any other skill--the more you practice them, the more they'll eventually become part of your positive thought process.
from The Biggest Loser newsletter, 12/27/06.