Feelings of inadequacy.
These are just a few words that describe how many women feel when they think about their weight loss journey. Becoming the best version of yourself by losing weight, gain strength and lean muscle is not for the faint of heart.
It actually takes a lot of work.
But have you ever wondered why some women are more successful in their attempts to lose weight, get stronger and stay on track longer?
I know what you’re thinking…
She must know something I don’t.
She clearly has more willpower.
She’s probably never struggled with her weight.
She’s just got really great genetics.
In some instances, I’m sure this is true, but in about 90% of cases these are in no way connected to why some women are more successful at losing weight and staying fit.
It’s important that you listen and really, no really, hear what I’m saying.
It’s not that you’ve been left out of the loop.
It’s not your lack of willpower.
It’s not that you’ve struggled more with your weight.
It’s not crappy genetics.
It is however your mindset.
Success starts in your mind. It starts with what you believe.
Check out these 5 quick ways you can change your mindset to be successful in your fitness goals.
Do what others won’t
You have to be willing to do more to get to your fitness goal, whatever that goal is.
If your goal is to start working out that might mean waking up 30 minutes earlier to get it in before work. It might mean that after an exhausting day at work you still stagger into your workout.
If your goal is losing a specific amount of weight then you have to be willing to workout, get your 10,000 steps every day and stay active throughout the week. You will have to pass up on eating fast food and instead choose healthier and more filling options.
If your goal is to get stronger then you have to be willing to chose heavier weights when you work out. You’ll have to push yourself to do more reps each time.
You may do it poorly at first.
A lot of women think they’re going to lose a ton of weight in the first week or first month, and then get disappointed and down on themselves when the fantasy doesn’t quite live up to the reality.
Think about it for a moment.
Did you learn to walk in a single day?
I’m willing to bet you fell quite a bit before you mastered the skill.
And I’m willing to bet that even after you learned to walk, you didn’t do it as well at 1-year old as you did as an 8-year old.
It took practice.
You weren’t great right out of the gate.
So why would beginning to workout, getting stronger or learning to eat better be any different?
Becoming successful at something takes practice.
It takes small strides every day learning to be better. It takes time to grow to be better than you were yesterday.
Keep with it.
Nothing is 100% enjoyable
In the beginning, taking control of your weight through exercise and nutrition will be difficult.
Because it’s hard to make significant changes and harder still to stick with them over the long haul.
But what will make it seem even harder is thinking that it will be easy and enjoyable.
In the beginning, it’ll be tough. You’ll have to commit to always trying to be better every day in your workouts and in your nutrition.
And then after you’ve been doing it for awhile you’ll have to push yourself to go workout on those days you really don’t want to. Hey even the most fitness crazed have days they would rather sit on the couch than workout.
And you’ll have to continue to choose clean and nutritious foods instead of going back to what you were eating before.
Knowing that being at your healthiest is going to not always be enjoyable, but it is most definitely worth it. And the bonus is when you’ll get to enjoy yourself along the way.
Accept hard work
Acceptance can be tough, but once you accept that it’s going to take some hard work and grit to get where you want to be in your fitness and weight loss goals it will change how you think.
I know thinking about it now might want to make you drag your heels.
The sooner we accept the task we’re setting out to conquer the easier it seems to do.
Think about a time when you didn’t want to do something.
How much you were dreading it.
How much headspace it took up while you thought about it.
How much time you wasted not doing it.
Then the minute you made up your mind to accept it, it didn’t seem so bad.
Or maybe it did.
But at least you were moving forward, right?
So accept that there is hard work to be done, but that the hard work will be spread out and in between you will have moments of great success and accomplishment.
Don’t compare yourself
This is probably the #1 thing that can sabotage your weight loss efforts.
No matter how much weight you lose or how strong you become it is safe to say there will always be someone who has lost more weight or who is stronger than you.
If you’re constantly comparing yourself to others you’re never going to feel good about yourself.
And at the end of the day that’s all that’s important, feeling good about yourself and what you’ve accomplished.
Comparing yourself to others will only bring negativity into your mind when that’s the last thing you need.
Stop comparing yourself and you’ll be surprised to find how positive your thoughts become.
Are you ready to be successful?
Are you tired of trying to do it all on your own?
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These were adapted from the 16 Tips for Establishing the Right Mindset for Living a Life of Personal Excellence by John Wood. Click here to read more tips on how to be successful.