Discover Your Sabotaging Health and Fitness Thoughts and Beliefs…

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listen2Coming face to face with the excuses we entertain concerning our health and fitness is the first step towards achieving our goals.

We must face our self-talk…the dialogue that is consistently playing in the background and controlling our thought processes and beliefs about ourselves and our ability to achieve what we dream and envision for ourselves.

We need to rewrite the programming that is playing in our heads to one that puts us in charge.

The best tool to accomplish that is to write down on paper in the form of a written contract every reason and excuse you can think of why you believe your dreams are not achievable and then list any viable options you can take rather than giving in to them. 

It’s simply too easy to ignore a mental list…but a written list has a different effect.

Use this contract to identify all the excuses you use most often to avoid what you know you should be doing.

This written contract becomes an effective tool you can use whenever those pesky excuses rear their ugly head. It is a visible reminder of the commitment you are making to yourself as well as a very handy tool for remembering both the problems and the solutions you are trying to focus on.

It’s important when creating your contract that you identify what is getting in your way and include them in the written contract you make with yourself along with solutions to do things differently. The more specific you can be the better and be sure to come back to your contract when you are having problems.

If you are honest and use your contract consistently and come back to it whenever you are having issues, you will be pleasantly surprised when you suddenly see an increase in your accountability and you are moving towards reaching your goals.

Here’s a sample Contract with a few common problems and countermeasures for you to reference:

I, (your name goes here)…hereby agree and commit to take the following steps to improve my accountability to myself and increase my chances for my weight loss success:

  1. I will not let one small slip-up convince me that I’m useless, stupid, worthless, or a lost cause. I will respect myself by refusing to engage in verbal self-abuse, and I will find positive ways to comfort and support myself when I’m having a hard time. Specifically , I will… (Make a list of concrete things you will do instead of beating up on yourself or deciding your problems are too big to handle.
  1. I will not sacrifice my own needs to make other people happy, or do for them what they can and should be doing for themselves. When there is a conflict between my exercise and eating plans and what other people want me to do, I will negotiate to final and reasonable solution that allows me to do what I need to do for myself.
  1. I choose to be in charge of my own decisions and behavior. I will not talk, think, or act as if my partner, child, spouse, cravings, or subconscious made me do it. I will ask myself what’s most important to me at that moment and make my decision. If I don’t like the consequences, I will try something different the next time.

Make a challenge to yourself to make 3 goals that you can keep forever that are measurable, quantitative, and focus on behavior such as:

I will go to the gym a minimum of twice weekly. If I get there three or more times…it is just a bonus

I will eat vegetables with at least 2 meals daily

I will get my butt into the kitchen and prepare at least 50 percent of my meals from scratch

In this busy world of ours its way too easy to get blown off course, so keep your list handy where you can see it often…preferably daily.

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