Doing positive things for yourself can feel exciting and rewarding. But there will also be times when you wonder if you can stick with it. Do your best to identify negative thoughts and turn them into realistic, productive ones. Repetitive positive self-talk is one method of getting rid of negative thoughts. It sure did/does help me. It is a journey!
Keeping a record can help. You can use a paper journal, computer program, smart watch, or mobile app to note things like your daily eating diet, exercise, stress levels, and sleep patterns. A study of people who lost at least 30 pounds and kept the weight off for at least a year found that they often tracked their progress closely. Even when you think you’re about to ‘fall off the wagon,’ hold on. Continue to track your behavior. Sometimes when you feel like you’re failing, you can learn the most.
The more you practice self-control, the better you become at it. You develop the capacity and habit to act and react another more positive way.