Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Positive Affirmations

Isn’t it ironic that we are our own worst critics? It’s been nearly 4 years since I changed my life and learned how to eat to live, and I still catch myself at times not being very nice to me. The truth of the matter is that we become what we think and say about ourselves. It’s just one of those facts in life, whether we want to believe it or not. 
For instance, if you are constantly telling yourself (like I did for many years of my life) that you have a weight problem because it’s genetics and several people in your family have this problem, then that is the person you will become. That is what you will always believe and  if the time ever comes in your life where you are trying to combat those thoughts, it will take an awful lot of convincing and work to help the brain to think otherwise. 
The good news is that this can also work just as effectively when constantly reminding ourselves of what a blessing it is to have the body that we have and start appreciating all the wonderful things it can do, even if we aren’t yet where we want to be. I know from my own experience that when I figured out how to be a cheerleader and actively encourage my body as it was changing, I had great success. I saw results, I saw progression, I saw what I have become today. 
This is what I have on my mirror in my bathroom this week. Yep, I like to write myself little notes, whether on my bathroom mirror, on a sticky note at work, in the car, or wherever it may be. The more I remind myself of what I am capable of, the more I surprise myself and continue on as I still struggle from time to time on this journey I now call maintenance. Positive affirmations make me feel good. They push me to keep going. They challenge me and help me want to be the best I know how to be! 
What are some of the things you have said to yourself lately? Are they positive? I promise that positive affirmations do work. You just have to invest yourself in them just like anything else important in your life. 

Happy thinking! You're worth it!

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  1. I just found your blog and I love reading your story!!
    I bought my self a necklace a few months ago that I wear almost everyday that says "I can do hard things" It's a great reminder when I make the choice to put it on each morning.

  2. I enjoyed the post Paige. Great saying on your mirror, oh yeah and (#) you know what I am sayin'

  3. I've recently been released to full exercise after surgery three months ago and when I was taking a high intensity interval class the other day I looked in the mirror that covers the entire front of the studio and told myself I was looking great! It wasn't a vain thing; I saw how strong I still was and encouraged myself that all is not lost. I've out about ten pounds on in the last six months, so it was good to see myself working hard in the class and I took the liberty of congratulating myself. lol