How do you achieve and maintain a positive outlook?
My mantra is ....well, one of them, I should say, since I have several to keep me moving forward and to stay on track, is:
" Never give in, never give up and never surrender" Never give into the self doubts that sometimes want to overwhelm me, but if I do, I never give up control.
You will have good days and bad days...just remember, have patience with yourself.
Accept yourself the way you are ... then love yourself enough to work toward becoming that hidden person your want to be. "There's nothing to it but to do it" (the song "Heart" fm "Damn Yankees" by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross)
I used to take a lot of anti-depressants, and I still take a mild one. My point is, I take a LOT LESS now that I am more physically fit! I still struggle sometimes, but when I do, I go for a walk and really look around, enjoy the nature, and forget to be so blue.
do just one new thing today!
I notice such a huge difference when I am integrating my practice into my daily routine. It's helps me learn how to be in my body without judgement - and reduces me to a relaxed state my kids refer to as "jello".
I forgive myself for making mistakes. I could spend all day picking out my flaws or the things that I could've done better, but I wont waste my time. The past is the past and trusting/loving myself is important to meeting my weight loss goals :)
I love when people enter in "famous quotes" from other dieters and comics and such. It helps to put a laughable twist on the hard dieting facts of life. One of my faves I've heard was "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" but I forgot who said that. lol My blog has a ton of them!
I have learned that life goes on and we make it what it is by our actions and attitude. We cannot stop or reverse time even though at times we would like to, so let it go and move on. One step at a time.