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Reframe Your Mindset

So, you've resigned yourself to changing how you eat and exercising. That's a good start. More important: Are you committed to rebuilding yourself from the inside out? Resignation is only the decision that you can't stay the way you are and have what you really want. It's not what drives you toward success, it's what gets you in the car. Determination is the driving force behind your decision to change your viewpoint. Your goals are your road map or GPS to plot out your path to your destination. The road is the only way to get where you want to go. Sure, you can off-road it, but you could also get stuck or have a wreck following short-cuts and other not-so-great ways of getting to your destination. So how do you go from resignation to determination? Reframe your mindset with whole new view of yourself, food, exercise, and what is really important in life.

Going on the Road to Change

You already know you don't like what you see in the mirror. Got it! But why? Is it the muffin top or the ice cream cone shape your body has taken on? How do you really feel about YOU? If it were between you and God, what is it you really believe about yourself? An awful lot of people have a low opinion of themselves, contrary to the way they may project themselves publicly. It's hard to please yourself if you don't even really like you. Take on the attitude of God's viewpoint of you: A Uniquely Designed Masterpiece by an Awesome God! Sometimes what we do to that Masterpiece is like a child with finger paint smearing it on a Renoir painting. Now we want to clean off the smears to really see the image God has skillfully worked. When you get into the car with your resignation that change is needed, put the key in the ignition and start it with your determination and tell yourself: "I am a One of a Kind Design skillfully created by my Heavenly Designer God".

Where are You Going?

You have to know how much weight you want to lose or what size clothes you want to wear, or whatever it is you want to change about yourself. Take the time to write it down or type it out. What will it take for you to get there? Remember, there are no short cuts if you want lasting results. If you lose 2 pounds a week, with 10 lbs as one part of you trip at a time, you will get there. But why are you doing this? Do you want to lose weight for a wedding dress or an event, or do you want to change your look, your health? One event is a vacation; a lifelong change requires making a new home. For some, the trip will be longer than for others. Be willing to go the distance. Chart you trip and get moving! If you change your view of yourself, you change your health and you will change your life!

Take Some Breaks Along the Way to Enjoy the View

If you have more than 30 pounds to lose, trying to push through the trip to your Big Goal Dream can be very exhausting. I usually tell these clients to plot breaks along the way, almost like figuring out which rest stops or scenic spots you want to take a break. Now, keep this in the back of your mind: These stops are NOT to eat whatever you want and laze around with your games or social media friends. If you do, you will end up back where you started! What it means is to stay steady where you are without worrying about losing more weight for the moment. Take a look at your goals to see if they are still reasonable. Appreciate the changes that have happened so far like how well a new outfit feels on you or believing you can take on the world. Plateaus are a great time to do that, but only for a week. More than that will cause you to have a tough time moving on. Appreciate the progress you've made, see if your plan is still reasonable, then plot out the rest of your trip.

Expect to have setbacks along the way. You will. So that cake or pizza is calling your name. Cravings happen. You will probably give in to them every once in a while. They may pull you off your path for a moment, but don't let them stall your car. Life happens. An accident, illness, job change, loss. They all affect whether you can workout or not, They may also cause you to need to get fast food or prepackaged meals for the time. This stuff is only for a moment. Don't let a flat keep you from getting where you want to go; make the changes you need to move on.

Making this New Place Your Home

If you've met your goals, you've reached your destination. Great for you! It's time to set up housekeeping in your new home. If you have always been overweight and out of shape, living here is totally new for you. If you put on weight after getting a new job or having a baby, it will feel good to be here again. The difficulty is when you long for certain things from your old residence: the aroma of fresh baked bread at your local sandwich shop, Great time with friends at your favorite coffee shop savoring delicious cappuchinos and biscotti. Going home to lounge in your comfy chair watching your favorite shows and munching chips. Don't smear finger paint on God's Original Design in you.Keep healthy, low calories foods on your daily menu. Make friends at the gym with people who inspire you to stay fit.Take care of this body you have because you only get one on this side of heaven.

Now, it's time to make your new space your welcoming, inviting home. Stop hurling insults at yourself as if to sling mud at this Masterpiece God has made. Replace any old messages from the past that threaten the security of your new life with the Truth about Whose you are. Put locks on the doors to keep Satan's lies out, and fill your life with God's truth about His amazing love for you. Decorate your life with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control which never go out of style.  Open up the boxes of your life and set up housekeeping in your new home. Frame your New Self picture and put it up. You are home!

May God bless you!

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