Yesterday I had 3 different girlfriends/clients/women who take my classes, complain to me about their weight, their thighs, and their stomachs. I’m in the Nutrition and Fitness business, so admittedly, bodies are my life. Here’s the thing though, our bodies are the results of our minds. Sound “woo-woo”? It’s not.
The whole “what we think about we bring about?”, well, science is proving over and over again that it’s true. Our thoughts, feelings, and attitudes aren’t made from air. They’re made from chemical mixes of hormones and neurotransmitters; they’re very real. There’s hundreds of books out there for the layperson explaining the science of this, but my short version is: If you focus every single day on: the weight you need to lose; how much better your thighs would look if they were skinnier; how undefined your arms are; how loose your stomach is; how much better life would be if you looked like a fitness model, etc etc etc, you’re literally creating a brain situation of chemicals, hormones, and thought patterns, that will keep you EXACTLY WHERE YOU ARE. There will be NO CHANGE with NEGATIVE THOUGHT PATTERNS. You’ll keep exactly the same body you have now.
*****Ask yourself this question: How long have you had these exact same thoughts, and what’s changed in all this time you’ve been thinking them? ****
Want to really change? I’ve got a Plan: make a deal with yourself that for 2 months, you WON’T allow yourself to entertain your normal, habitual, negative thoughts, but instead, you’ll PRACTICE focusing on positive thoughts instead. How do you “practice focus”? You gather a few positive words, or a positive phrase ( a quote or a verse), and you fill your life and your day with it. Here’s what I mean: say your verse or quote for the day or the week is: “I’m full of discipline, self-control, and healthy habits.”, or ” I focus on things that are pure, and true, and just, and lovely; I’m full of praise.” or “I’m Health and Energy Focused.” Now take these words and put them ALL AROUND YOU. Fill 20 sticky’s with your quote, and then put them by your bed, on your books, on your microwave, in your car, in your fridge, mirrors, doors, everywhere. Read them, speak them, and think them, as often as possible.
When the Negative Thought (I hate my body, I need to lose weight, I can’t believe I just ate all that) creeps in, SHUT IT DOWN with your quote. Quit allowing those negative mixes of chemicals and neurotransmitters to dominate your life!
This will take awhile. Did you answer that BOLD question above as to how long you’ve allowed your thought patterns to rule? Your brain has come to like what you’ve been feeding it. You’ve nurtured your brain with this particular recipe for a long time. Now it’s time to feed it a different recipe of chemicals and neurotransmitters, and get a DIFFERENT OUTCOME. Really! I hear all the time: ” I eat so well, I exercise often, but I just can’t lose weight/lose these last pounds/get rid of this arm flab” blah blah blah. Or: “I can NEVER stay on a diet.; I could NEVER give up carbs/wine/sugar.”
Our words are literally Self Fulfilling Prophecies, so guard your tongue, and guard your thoughts. Look at the calendar; if you try a different tactic, you could honestly make a difference in your life by January 2014, which is right around the corner. Or you could keep on the EXACT SAME MENTAL PATH YOU’RE ON NOW, and be exactly the same in January 2014, and January 2015, 2016, ….. You get the picture.
Is this making sense? I hope so! I’m not saying anything new, or claiming I invented this wheel, and I’m not perfect at applying it. I’m only human. But I’ve been Practicing My Focus for the past couple of years and it honestly gets easier and more natural all the time. I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a negative thought about my body – not because it’s perfect – but because I’ve just quit thinking that way. The more I focus on actually taking positive action steps to make my self feel healthy and energetic, the more healthy and energetic I’ve become. It’s a process and a journey that takes time, attention, and effort, but EVERYONE is capable of it.
Since I’ve asked you to commit a couple of months to this, I’ll commit a couple of months to helping. I’ll make sure that I post quotes and thoughts that lead to gratitude, peace, health, and energy. Here’s one for the next couple of days: “Whatever the mind can conceive, the mind can achieve. I take steps to be fit, healthy, and energetic.” If you love quotes, find your own and go for it! Speak words that appeal to you!
We really can change our bodies, our thoughts, our moods, and our health. If we’re parents, we can influence – by example – our children to know this also. God’s given us this amazing opportunity to live on earth and make a difference; take advantage of your power and use it to create not just the best possible you, but a better world.