How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?
I had a problem with perfectionism. It was all or none. One day, I realized a 'perfect' human makes mistakes. Now I can pick myself up and start again much easier.
When I have a day that just seems to go all pear shaped I try to think of one positive thing. Usually just thinking about my nieces and nephews smiling cheers me right up. If that doesn't cheer me up I go for a jog and that clears my head as well!
I remind myself of the healthy and balanced person I'm striving to be, the one who can only come into existence if I keep my eye on "her" as the prize.
I find by just saying the words out loud seem to affirm what I'm doing, for instance if I am going on a long bike ride I tell everyone I know and know that the next time I see them they will ask how did it go ?
Too often I find I react rather than act. The saboteurs, complainers, whiners, and negative people are simply not happy with THEMSELVES!
Practice positive self-talk skills: Positive self-talk messages will reinforce the qualities, skills and attributes within you, affect your unconscious mind and have a major effect on the way you view yourself.
Don't give up, if you have a bad day there is always tomorrow. Just think how much better off you are than if you didn't try at all. A slow weight loss is sure better than a gain.
While I have the ultimate goal of losing a lot of pounds, I set smaller goals for myself each week. Some are related to my weight loss, some are about my daily exercise, but there are others as well, i.e. SparkPoints, eating in a healthy way. And don't forget the rewards!
I was recently challenged to write my affirmations and say them out loud a minimum of 3 times a day. It has made such a difference! My affirmations include a goal, things I want to see change in myself and things I'd like to sustain and/or remind myself of.