The Power of Forward Thinking
At the beginning of this year, you pledged to start eating healthier and exercising regularly. While you had the best of intentions when you made this important promise to yourself, you ended up breaking it before the first day of February. Even worse, this isn’t the first time you’ve broken this pledge to yourself. In fact, you can’t remember the number of times you’ve failed at dieting over the years.
If you've lost track of failed attempts, you might have decided to put your weight loss goals off until next year. Or, you may have determined to give up attempting to get fit for good. If you’re starting to believe you’ll be overweight forever, you likely need to encompass the power of forward thinking. Decide to not allow the poor food choices you made yesterday, or the past several years, to affect what you eat today, tomorrow, or five years from now.
To help you achieve weight loss success with forward thinking, sit down and create some goals for your future. Develop both short-term and long-term goals. For example, you might decide dropping a pants size is a good short-term goal to aim for. And, you might write down losing 50 pounds as your ultimate, long-term objective. When you wake up each morning, ask yourself how you can best work towards achieving your goals that day. Once you attain a goal, celebrate with a healthy reward. For instance, instead of rewarding yourself for dropping 10 pounds with a sweet treat, consider:
- Buying yourself a new shirt
- Indulging in a hot bath
- Getting a relaxing massage
- Investing in some new workout gear
Whenever you make a dieting mistake, everyone does once in a while, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, determine to think about what you can do in the future to avoid committing the same error again. By continually concentrating on your future, and avoiding dwelling on past mistakes, you will improve your odds of losing the weight and keeping it off for good. For more direction on how forward thinking can help you achieve your weight loss dreams, consider scheduling an appointment with the professional staff at a Metabolic Research Center near you.
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