Confidence and self- belief are vital tools to help you achieve your health, fitness and weight loss goals, but often they are overlooked in favour of physical attributes.
Take a look at any successful person in any field and you will find that they all believe in themselves and their ability to plan, commit and achieve what they set out to do. When we are confident we can find the opportunities to succeeed and this leads us to being more enthusiastic and positive.
When our confidence is low, we often create barriers and excuses which can stop us from achieving our goals.
Confidence is a mental skill, and just like physical skills, they require practice. Use the tips below to build and maintain your confidence and you will surprise yourself at what you can achieve.
Surround yourself with people and friends who lead a healthy lifestyle and peer group pressure will have you copying them in no tme. A bad influence in your lifestyle can undo all your hard work and leave you feeling depressed and confused.
Most people will hit a plateau after 4-6 weeks of training. This is where your results slow to a halt and weight loss stops. Don’t panic, this is normal and it is your body’s way of preparing itself for the next weight loss phase. (If the plateau last more than 3-4 weeks you need to change the variety and intensity of your training to stimulate results). Discipline, consistency and staying positive will see you over this hurdle and back on track again.
Visualise your new body
Think about how you would like to look and replay this over and over in your mind. Elite athletes use this technique to create success in their mind and to assist with that "winning edge". By picturing your new body in your mind, you will change your mindset and your emotional state.
Stress can lead to overeating, alcohol binges and fatigue. Indulge yourself with spa treatments, yoga, pilates and massage to help you stay in control.
Focus on the positives
If you overeat on the wrong foods, learn from your mistake and move on. It’s important to focus on all the improvements you have made in your lifestyle to help you stay on track and be successful.