One of the things I have learned about myself is that I needed to have the right mindset. Being negative was the biggest battle for me. Here is a list of things that I would tell myself that would keep me from getting healthy.
- I ate a cookie. I tell myself that I “cheated.” So, I give in and eat more.
- I ate a cookie. Now I have to exercise to burn it off. I used exercise as a punishment.
- I weigh myself and I am down a few pounds. I say, “Yes, I deserve a cookie because I did so good.” ( Rewarding myself with food)
- I weigh myself and I up 1 lb or I stayed the same. I would say, “Seriously! I sacrificed this whole week and I was so good. Forget it. Give me a cookie. No, give me the whole pack because I don’t care!”
- I gave myself permission to pig out on weekends.
- I would tell myself, “I’ll start my diet on Monday. I can’t start now because it’s Friday. It’s the weekend. Let me eat my last supper.”
- I’m eating healthy because I need to lose weight. (Um…eating healthy is for everyone, no matter if you are in weight loss mode or not. This is why people gain their weight back)
- I used the word “cheat” in my vocabulary. This word means “bad.”
If you think like this, you live in bondage. You are not free. You are in misery. These are all “diet” thoughts and this is most likely why you are having a hard time reaching your goals. Diets do not work! These thoughts are destroying you. It’s self consuming and pure misery. This is where the devil wants you. Why? Because you aren’t improving your health. And if our bodies are declining (due to poor management), we can’t be focusing on doing things for others. Our minds have a lot to do with our health.
Here is a verse that I think about with this subject.
PHILIPPIANS 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”