Losing weight is not easy. It's nearly impossible to achieve with a bad attitude. What's a bad attitude. An outlook that focuses on the negative and unpleasant stuff. A good attitude focuses on the positive and possible. I know when a new patient starts to focus on things, like "is there soy in this supplement?" or "the vitamins are bigger than I like" or "Do I have to exercise on this program?" we are in for a struggle to get the weight off. Being able to get patients to look at the opportunity and possibility that awaits them when they lose the excess body fat is my job.
We develop a bad attitude because we have tried so many things and have either not lost much weight or have gained it back. We have become more than skeptical, we have become cynical. We have stopped trusting and have stopped listening. I want to get my patients to believe that they have the power to overcome these life shortening diseases of obesity and overweight syndrome. I want them to understand that it will take time to learn new patterns and behaviors and that it's ok to get frustrated at times. I want them to know that I'm in the fight with them and as long as they don't quit, I won't quit.
We learn to celebrate each success, even it's it's only a single pound lost in a month. EVERY POUND COUNTS! I want them to take my encouragement and turn it into self encouragement. Each of us must look to learn from our mistakes and improve ourselves a little bit day by day. Every day in every way I'm getting better and better is what our inner quiet voice should be speaking to us.
Motivation is an inside job. We can be excited and temporarily motivated by someone else, but true motivation comes from within. I ask patients how often should we get motivation. The answer is every day. Think of it this way. Every day we take a bath or shower. Why? Because there's dirt out there. Every day we need motivation. Why? Because there's dirt out there. We have to rid ourselves of mind dirt. Get rid of and stop listening to complaints, gossip, rumors, news, and most TV shows. It's all designed to keep us down, afraid, and lost in the trance of entertainment.
Choose wisely what you let into your mind. Choose wisely what you say to yourself. Think "I'm Lean, I'm Fit, I'm Strong, and I'm Happy" as you go through each and every day dropping pound after pound. When you plant good stuff into your brain, good stuff grows. Plant positive thoughts in the fertile fields of your mind and harvest success at the end of a season. You can do this! Positively!