Avoid Stickin' Thinkin' and Change Your Attitude
Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar once said, "We all need a daily check up from the neck up to avoid stinkin' thinkin' which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitudes." This sort of thinking induces negativity and despair. When you’re trying to lose weight, stinkin' thinkin' is that little voice in your head that tells you you’re fat, ugly and unlovable. It’s the whisper that you’ve had a bad day, so you deserve that quart of ice cream. We get so used to these internal messages that we often don’t even notice them, but stopping them is important to reach a weight loss goal.
The first step in stopping stinkin' thinkin' is to pay attention. You must keep track of your thoughts to recognize persistent patterns. Meditation and mindfulness are two useful techniques to help you pay attention. Simply tune in to the messages running through your brain. Don’t try to stop them at this point, just breathe and listen. You could also start a journal in which you write down anything that comes into your head. You may be surprised at how much negativity is swirling around in there.
Counteract the negativity with another journal of gratitude and positive thinking. For each negative statement write down at least one positive statement that is its opposite. Instead of “I’m fat,” write “I weigh more than is healthy and I’m doing something about that.” Now write down several things for which you feel grateful; do this every day. If you practice these activities regularly, you’ll find stinkin' thinkin' will soon become a thing of the past.
Should you find yourself stuck in negativity that you just can’t get out of, give us a call at the Metabolic Research Center for some extra support and help.
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