I have recently been studying more about the mental side of weight loss and fitness.  I have always wondered how people who were in poor shape and then get in great shape, can go back to poor shape again, even though they never planned on doing so.  Last week Oprah made a big deal about her falling off the wagon, and then on Monday she had Eric, season 3 winner of the Biggest Loser.  Eric had lost 214 lbs and looked amazing, but three years later he came on Oprah and he had gained about 130 lbs and looked horrible.  This is just one of many examples I have personally witnessed and seen, where someone falls back into their old lifestyles and poor habits.

Even though most people know eating right and exercising WILL make them feel better, be healthier, and have more energy; why is it that we are self-sabotaging ourselves?

Here is one of my theories to why this happens.  I believe that it is based on how we view our self and who we believe we are.  For example, do you believe you are a fit, healthy, active person who just hasn’t been as consistent of late with your workouts and healthy eating?  Or do you believe you are a fat, lazy, unmotivated person who can’t seem to keep any sort of proper exercise and nutrition plan going?

Can you see the difference in the two different beliefs?  Both people aren’t in great shape, but one views themself as a fit person who just needs to get refocused, but the second person has a very self-defeating attitude.  If you believe you are deserving of a fit, healthy body, you will be more likely to live a lifestyle that promotes that type of behavior.

I will never be in poor shape, because it isn’t part of who I am.  I don’t see myself that way, and unless I do, I won’t let myself become lazy and fat.  We all go through times when life gets challenging and we don’t take care of ourselves like we should (this happens to me from time to time), but it doesn’t take long for me to realize that I don’t view myself as a lazy and fat person and therefore snap out of it quickly and don’t let it spiral out of control.

So if you do have a self-defeating negative attitude towards yourself what can you do?

One thing I recommend is positive affirmations.  Positive affirmations can, over time, change the way you view yourself.  These are best said multiple times per day, in order for them to stick in your mind until they get to your heart.  Here is an example, feel free to make up your own.

“I am a strong healthy person who respects my body and will only put foods into it that provide it with the fuel to run most efficiently.  I participate in exercise that will strengthen my heart, muscles, and bones.  I will respect my body enough to get enough sleep.  I love my body and myself and will take care of it to the best of my ability, because I know that the better I take care of my body the more I can do for other people.”

Can you see that if you truly believed those words, how things would change?  You would be less likely to skip a workout, go to the vending machine, or stay out late drinking with your friends.  If you did participate in those poor behaviors your conscious would take over and make you feel bad for going against your beliefs.

There are many other reasons why people are able to lose weight, look and feel great, only to put on all the weight and then some a year later.  I would love to hear your opinions on why you think so!

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