It’s very easy to get caught in a trap of negative thinking. Negative self-talk. The good news is that we can get out of that trap. We can even prevent ourselves from falling into it. But how you ask? Positive affirmations! So what are affirmations?
What are Affirmations?
In my mind, yourdictionary.com summed up affirmations very well.
A statement intended to provide encouragement, emotional support, or motivation, especially when used for the purpose of autosuggestion.
The more we tell ourselves positive things, the more apt we are to believe that they can, and will happen. Mindtools.com describes how negative thoughts become a “self-fulfilling prophecy”. The more negative thoughts running through our minds, the more inclined we will be to believe they are true. Affirmations basically take this concept and make it work in reverse. The more positive thoughts (affirmations) we have, the more inclined we will be to make these thoughts a reality.
Affirmations can be used in many areas of our life from home life and family to our work life. For our purposes today, we will look at what affirmations can do for us as we are on a weight loss or health journey.
Negative Thoughts and Weight Gain
If weight loss were as easy as just eating healthy and exercising, obesity would not be the problem it is. The problem is multi-factorial, and emotions have been shown to play a big role in it. “The Power of Positive Affirmations for Body Transformation” had a really good analogy of negative thinking or negative self-talk. Imagine the “radio station” in your head. When it comes to your weight, your “radio station” can be a constant barrage of negative thinking. It says it in such a negative and repetitive way, you begin to believe it is true.
Negative Self-Talk Weight-Related Examples
- I always fail at weight loss
- The weight always comes back and more
- People always laugh at me behind my back when I tell them I’m losing weight
- I hate exercise
- Vegetables aren’t something I can live with
- I can’t say “no” to food
Saying statements like this over and over again in our heads, can be very demoralizing. Negative self-talk on autopilot leaves you feeling like you are in a deep hole and your negative talk makes you believe you can’t get out.
Get Out Of The Rut With Affirmations
The first step to getting out of the rut is to admit that this “negative self-talk radio” is going on in your head. Think of all the negative things you think about yourself and just do a reality check about it. Is that actually true? Does this hold true for the future and just how would you know that? Becoming aware that you have these thoughts going on in your mind is the first step to changing your course. Rewriting your script with some positive affirmations is next. How can you take that negative self-talk and make it into a positive affirmation? Here are some examples.
Examples of Positive Affirmations
- weight loss is a journey and not a destination
- there is no such thing as failure-only learned opportunities
- peoples’ opinions of me are none of my business
- exercise is movement I enjoy doing without thinking
- I am discovering the joy of vegetables in new ways
- I am strong enough to choose when food, and what food is the right choice for me
The thing about positive affirmations, in order for them to stick-to be on autopilot, we must have a lot of exposure to them. Enough exposure that we change “the radio station” in our head. Switch out our negative self-talk for positive affirmations. Some ways we can bring our positive affirmations to the forefront are:
- write them in a journal in a daily entry and recite them out loud-in private and with feeling. Make it stick!
- have your phone screen or computer desktop wall display an affirmation that totally speaks to you. That visual reminder will start becoming a part of your “second nature”.
- create your affirmation on paper and frame it. Keep it on your desk or other prominent areas in your life where you will see it often and be reminded.
- use an anchor. An anchor is something that once you look at it, becomes an immediate reminder of your affirmation. e.g. when you look at your watch, it could be a reminder that your time is precious and you use your time wisely for what’s important (your affirmation).
Affirmations-Another Tool In Your Weight Loss Toolkit
Recognizing the effect that emotions have on our weight loss journey is very important. Negative self-talk is one that can limit us when it comes to losing weight. Positive affirmations can ultimately have the upper hand. It takes repeat behaviour to make it happen. Whether it is something we read, we hear, or something that reminds us, stay the course by making your affirmations a part of your everyday life. The positives will keep growing!
After years of weight issues, I have finally found the formula of combining healthy food choices, regular exercise and positive behavior change to lose weight for good. Coupled with, exploring self-development, being productive and living simply, I am now maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in a good place. I enjoy writing articles to help my readers to become the best they can be!