How to Create a Weight Loss Mantra

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Guest Post from Stephanie Mansour, Step it Up with Steph, Fitness and Body Image Expert

We encourage you to pop over to Stephanie’s site and check out what she can do for you.

Step It Up with StephDo you have a weight loss goal? Have you created a positive statement or mantra to help you achieve that goal? If so, has it worked? If not, why not?

One of my clients came to me recently regarding her New Year’s Resolutions list, which included wanting to lose 10 pounds. At halfway through the year, she was successful with all her resolutions except weight loss. She was baffled. I asked her to read to me the resolutions she had written out. They included:

  • “I will spend more time with my husband because I love him;”
  • “I will get a raise at work because I am a good, hard worker;”
  • “I will get seven hours of sleep most nights because I want to feel well rested.”

And this was what her weight loss resolution said:

  • “I want to lose 10 lbs because I hate my body.”

Obviously, this statement was in a totally different form than her resolutions which had already come true. According to her weight loss statement, the reason she should lose weight was because she hated her body. How could you possibly do good things for your body to lose weight (i.e. exercising regularly, eating healthfully, and taking care of your body), if you claim to hate your body?

Here are some guidelines for writing a successful weight loss mantra such as the one that has now totally transformed my client’s life:

1. Write down your goal.

If you’ve written down a goal in a negative context, such as “lose weight, stop hating my body, avoid being seen in a bikini, etc.,” then turn this phrase into something positive.
Example: “I want to lose 10 lbs because I hate my body” becomes: “I am healthy and fit because I love my body and want to take care of myself.”
Example: “I’m working out, so I can stop hating my body” becomes: “I work out because it makes me feel good about myself.”
Example: “I’m being healthy and fit because I don’t want to avoid being seen in my bikini” becomes: “I am healthy and fit because I love the way my clothes fit and look on me.”

2. Turn your goal into a positive one

3. Write it in the present

You are then reprogramming your subconscious to start acting like your goal is already happening in your life. As well, include a relevant, motivating reason that drives that goal. Link your goal to the benefit it brings you, such as feeling well rested or being a worker who deserves a raise.

What weight loss or fitness statements have you tried? What was the motivator that drove that goal?

Stephanie MansourStephanie Mansour, CEO of Step It Up with Steph, is a nationally known Health & Fitness Expert and Body Image & Confidence Coach. She’s a reality TV show trainer, helping her client lose 80+ lbs in 12 weeks on NBC Chicago’s “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.” Her workbook and One Day Intensive program are a hit among women. She combines yoga, Pilates, personal training, and body image & confidence coaching for a holistic approach to health & fitness and also gives corporate presentations. With her no diets/no guilt mentality, she’s dramatically changing the way women everywhere view food and exercise.

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