You’ve joined a challenge to help you stay motivated and achieve your weight loss goal! That’s a great first step. To win your weight loss challenge you will need to have the right mindset.

Sure, when you change your diet, you get to see noticeable weight loss. You follow your meal plans, fill your body with nutritious vegetables and great lean proteins. You know the saying “you are what you eat”? Well, you are what you think too. Weight loss is as much a physical shift as it is an emotional shift. And you can’t have one without the other. There are 3 major emotional shifts that happen on a weight loss journey.

The first, self-loathing becomes self-love

“I used to look so good.” “I used to have so much energy.” “I’m never going to look like that again.” “I’ll never follow through with this. I’ll give in again. I’m a failure.” Any of that sound familiar? Well, the emotional journey leads you to new mental games. “I’ve come so far.” “This is an awesome journey.” “I’m proud of myself for following through.” “I’m strong- I’m capable- I’m compassionate towards myself.”

Next, you will start to change your surroundings to fit your new emotional needs.

Let’s just say, it’s best to keep Cake Boss to a minimum. This is the time to suggest meetings be held at a park instead of at the local bakery.

Third, you will find the want to shift the people you are around.

They say you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. You are on an amazing journey and have grown internally so much. If your circle of friends are not supportive or encouraging or challenging you to be better, it’s time to rethink if this is a healthy friendship. Maybe it’s time to join some new local meet up groups, you could also encourage your friends to grow with you by referring them to what has worked well in your life.
Weight loss is more than a change in your physical image, it causes an emotional shift, and the combination of the two leads to a lifelong journey of self-development. After all, you are what you think and when you have a positive attitude not only will you win at weight loss, but you will win your weight loss challenge too!
By: Jessica Logan