Losing weight is a very emotional process. It’s filled with exciting highs and sometimes disappointing lows. I am all about staying positive so I do not think those disappointments are necessarily a bad thing. They help us learn and adjust to new challenges. Having a disappointment is not the best thing to think about, but it’s reality and I always want to be 100% honest with you.
That’s why you need to stay positive the whole time, through thick and thin! There is so much good going on when you’re living a more healthy lifestyle, it’s absolutely pointless (and frankly depressing). It’s so exciting to lose weight! Even when you have a week or two where you feel like you’re not making much progress, YOU ARE! The trick to getting through those times are keeping positive!
An important lesson in this is knowing how to take compliments. So many times we don’t notice our progress, but other people do. When we get a compliment, we should be happy and accept that compliment. Not reject it and point out other flaws. This is a time to be happy! Someone noticed all the hard work you’ve been doing, wooo whoo! You should be really excited!
I have a friend who works her butt off at the gym. She eats at precise times and all the right things. I would say she exercises a bit too much, but she refuses to slow down. Whenever someone tells her, “wow, you look great,” she simply shrugs and points out all of her flaws. She’ll say, “no, no, no, I need to work on my flabby arms more and my butt is still bigger than I want it,” it disappoints me every time.
Since she started rejecting all the compliments she’s been receiving, her body has plateaued. She continues to work out more than she should and is even cutting back more from her diet. Still, she’s not making any progress.
This is a mistake a lot of women make. When you reject compliments, you’re indirectly telling your body it’s not good enough. When your mind feels bad, your body feels bad. Then you’ll really miss out on the results.
When you stay positive, your body, in return, will be positive. It will make the changes your mind is telling it to make, believing it can.
If you think you’re one of those women who have a hard time accepting compliments or dwelling on the negative, I have a challenge for you.
Actually, think of it more as a mental exercise. Start by complimenting other women. Even if it’s just the way the color they’re wearing looks on them. Or the way they’re wearing their hair.
By giving these compliments, you’ll become more comfortable hearing them.
Also try to SMILE more. I wrote an article last week about the powers of smiling and I live by that rule. When you smile enough, you start to believe it!
So next time someone give you a compliment, smile and say, “thank you!” Go a step further and agree with them, “Oh really? Thanks so much, I’m glad someone noticed because I’m working really hard on that,” simple as that.
Now your body knows you believe in it and that it is able to change. By learning how to accept a compliment, you’ll feel better about yourself and your weight loss will reflect that. Soon enough, you’re going to feel as though you can take on the world!