Most people are not going to start a new eating or exercise program before January 2.
But you can drastically increase the chances of fulfilling your New Year’s resolution to lose weight by creating new mental habits right now.
And it can take as little as 5 minutes a day.
Think about how much you get done when you are excited, eager, and looking forward to something. Now think about how hard it is to make progress when you are dreading something, don’t want to do it, resent it, etc.
While you can move forward and get stuff done while you are feeling negative catabolic emotions, consciously shifting to positive anabolic thoughts before you begin a task is like putting on rocket boosters.
Not only is your power to get things done greater, but it’s easier and more fun.
Most of what makes releasing weight “hard” are your current mental habits.
You have thoughts about how hard it is to lose weight that you have repeated for so long that you don’t even realize there’s another way to look at it. You have practiced dreading dieting. You have developed a mental rut on exercise that is not serving you.
These are just some catabolic habits of thought you have going on. Thoughts are made of energy, not marble. They can be changed!
Why do you want to go to the trouble of creating positive, life-building anabolic mental habits, you might ask?
Because anabolic thoughts result in emotions that feel good.
Those emotions make your heart sing. When you are feeling anabolic emotions, you know that things are always working out for you. When there’s a problem, you see the solution. You laugh more. You relax more. You are happy to be alive.
As a result, the actions you need to take feel easier.
- Instead of hating to work out, you start to enjoy it.
- You find you like the taste of fresh vegetables.
- You easily make the decision to turn off the T.V. and go to bed so you will wake up rested and refreshed.
- Water starts to taste good.
It’s easy. It feels like the choice you want to make.
Start now to create these new mental habits and come January 2 you will be so ready to turn these thoughts into action that there will be no stopping you!
Here are 5 easy ways to begin creating new mental habits:
- Make a list of how you want to feel come January 2.
- Think about all the reasons Why you want to be fit, strong, and slim. (Go deeper than just looking good.)
- Remember all the ways you enjoyed being active when you were a kid.
- Slow down during meals and really appreciate your food and how it is building the body you want.
- Appreciate the life giving aspects of the water you are drinking.
Doesn’t that feel good?
Now practice these thoughts every day.
Often people will use the excuse that they don’t have time to create new mental habits, particularly during the holidays.
Truly, you don’t have time not to!
By taking a few minutes now, you will more than make up with ease and efficiency when you do start your eating and exercise program.
A huge bonus is that the more you practice these new mental habits, the easier and more fun your life becomes.
What is one thing you can begin to do regularly to shift your mental habits? What difference does that make in creating the body—and life—you want come January 2nd?
Together we can do it!
You have an excellent blog! Although I have told you before, I just thought that I would tell you again how wonderful it really is. Enjoy your weekend.
And coming from you, Kristin, that is high praise indeed! So honor and respect you, and love your blog! Thank you for reading and commenting! Much appreciation!
Right on sugar, why wait to start changing your thoughts? The sooner you begin to change your thoughts, the sooner you change your actions and the closer you are to reaching your goals!
Yes, yes, yes! Thanks for commenting! Love you!
are you starting a 30-day challenge? i like your way of thinking and i would happily join a group experience with you!
Thanks so much, Mary! I have a new coaching program starting January 7, which will include group support, and my 1:1 coaching programs can also be done for a group, which is a great way to make it affordable and get the support you want. Contact me if you’d like to have a complimentary exploratory session. Appreciate you!
Another helpful, wonderful post! Thank you.
Thanks, Marylin! So appreciate you!
Terrific post Hanna. Thanks so much. Love your new photo pretty lady. Happy Sunday. Renee 🙂
Thank so much, Renee! Happy Sunday to you, too!
thanx for the post
You are welcome. Thanks for commenting!