Self confidence leads to control over your actions. Control over your actions helps you better deal with troublesome situations.

You know, those situations that usually led you back to food to cope?

But, the level of confidence you have in yourself directly impacts how well you are at doing something…such as losing weight.

Self-doubt leads to discouragement, giving up, and ultimately failing at your attempt to lose weight and keep it off.  Let’s avoid that trap this upcoming year.

Here are 10 Ways to Build Self Confidence:

Fulfill your needs: Are you making personal sacrifices to your health and weight to place other’s wants and needs ahead of yours? You must set your goals and plans for weight-loss based on your needs, not another’s mood or action.

Become self-reliant: Self reliance means you believe you can handle things and be successful. You do not need to procrastinate or avoid what is facing you because you have the confidence to tackle it. You are confident that this year will be the year you lose weight for good!

Recognize your own true worth as a person: You are unique and bring a unique set of skills, personality, and thoughts to every thing you approach. Often, with weight gain, we have lost our sense of self-worth and the depression resulting from this mindset causes more bad eating patterns and more weight gain. Do some self-evaluation and do not let depression prevent you from reaching your weight goal.

Know and accept yourself: Once you are aware of who you really are, you will be able to understand why you think, feel, and behave as you do. Knowing why you have this relationship to food will help you re-adapt and develop a healthier relationship with food. However, remember, you are not “what you do”. Your actions are merely your method to fulfill your need. Declare 2018 the year you changed unhealthy methods of dealing with anxiety, sadness, boredom, and fatigue. No more dependency upon food!

Stop fighting change: to change your way of thinking, feeling, and behaving, you’ll need to be willing to give up things. In order to change, you must be willing to make changes. Change usually occurs when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of making a change.

Keep company with positive people: Negative people sap your energy and can destroy your confidence with negative talk, complaints, and insults. Spend your time with those who support your weight loss efforts, inspire, and encourage you.

Concentrate on your assets: Focus on what you are good at and what you are doing right. Write them down! Perhaps you gave up soda 30 days ago. That is great and you are off to a good start. When you do something you are proud of (ex: saying no to dessert), reward yourself with a nonfood reward.

Give yourself pep talks: Use words like “I can”, “I have”, or “I am” instead of “I can’t” or “I am not”. It seems corny, but just changing the wording can make a huge difference in your mental outlook on this change. Make it positive and remind yourself daily that you WANT this change.

Imagine the “ideal you”: You can develop an attitude of confidence and success by creating, in your mind, the image of the person you want to be, how you will look, and how you want to feel. You can recall a time in your life when you felt you had achieved this “ideal you” and concentrate on how you felt. I bet you will realize you felt confident. Giving yourself motivation to continue the weight-loss journey can be the fuel that keeps you going.

Stand tall and smile: Nonverbal actions communicate a great deal about how confident you are. Confident people wear confidence like cologne. When you approach others with this attitude, they will accept your change more readily and it will possibly garner greater support (she is really doing this!). So, hold your head up and smile.

 

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Here is to a better you in 2018!

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