How can I stay positive in order to achieve my weight loss goal?

Wendy Batts
Staying positive can be a tough thing to do especially with the ups and downs associated with losing weight. While there are many strategies and tactics that someone can use when setting and keeping goals, we’ll focus on a couple tips here.
  1. Remember it’s about baby steps. Don’t overwhelm yourself with lofty goals. Set small manageable ones that are achievable along the way. It can be as simple as” tomorrow, I will get breakfast just right”. Remember how we climb a ladder? That’s right: one rung at a time.
  2. Don’t be discouraged by setbacks. Losing weight is almost never a straight shot but a journey with detours and u-turns along the way. Accept that these will happen and let go of the momentary obstacles or less-than-healthy choices we all sometimes make. It’s important to get right back on track to maintain your overall progress.
Everyone responds differently to varying types of motivational strategies.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Sign up for Dr. Oz’s 11 Weeks to Move It and Lose It in 2011, and get a buddy. Surround yourself with positive people who are either on the journey with you or who support you on your journey. You should consider what your life will feel and be like when you reach your goals, and also consider what your life will feel and be like if you continue to gain or remain static.

A huge part of losing weight is believing you can do it and realizing it’s not going to happen overnight. Here are some tips to help you get your mind right while you are losing your weight.

  • Make a visualization board: use a current photo and find a photo of yourself at a happy weight.  Leave a space in the middle for the changing you – this way you can actually see your progress along the way.
  • Chose a realistic goal date. Plan on losing about 1-2 pounds per week. Remember it took a long time to put this weight on and it is going to take time to get it off.
  • Think positive:  every time you are having negative thoughts about your weight…do something about it – literally, do 10 squats to remind yourself that YOU have the power to make this happen. Then follow up with some push-ups to drive the power attitude home!
  • Enjoy your daily success! If your pants are a little looser today – NOTICE -and be happy for yourself.  Realizing the little victories will make you move from granny panties to hot panties a lot more tolerable.

Using these few tips will make losing your weight a more positive experience and give you that edge to keep the weight off for a lifetime.

Believing in yourself is a very powerful predictor of the success of personal change. Many people believe that the way you think about yourself is ultimately what you become. If you truly believe you will be successful, you will be successful. If you truly believe that you will fail, you will fail. Not only do people who believe in themselves achieve more, they are also able to more easily bounce back from minor setbacks and avoid becoming discouraged. One of the first things you need to understand is that you can lose weight if you work at it hard enough. You may need to keep telling yourself you can do it until you finally believe you can. Then, you need to set a specific goal of what you would like to achieve. Just saying you are going to lose weight is not good enough, you need to be specific as to how much and set a realistic time frame for your weight loss. Success breeds success, so it will be important in the beginning to set small, short term goals. When you begin to achieve success with these initial goals, tackling the larger ultimate goal will not seem so impossible. In terms of planning a weight loss goal, it is safe to lose one to two pounds per week. Write yourthe goals down and remind yourself of them every day. This will keep them fresh in your mind and illusrate that you have an important goal you are working towards.

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