Destructive thought: “No one else has to work as hard as I do.”
We all indulge our inner drama queen from time to time, but let’s be real: Sure, there are people out there who have it easier than you. But there are plenty of people who have it harder, too, and some of them are still finding ways to outsmart their genetics and life situations to take control of their health. “Just saying this kind of defeatist thinking out loud gives it power. If you say it long enough, it’ll start to be true.”
Change it: Replace the negative mantra with something positive, like, “I’m determined to succeed with my weight loss,” and watch how quickly things change. Instead of dwelling on the things you can’t change, focus on improving the things that you can. And even if it doesn’t seem like it, remember—you’re in control. (Check out these other fitness mantras that can help motivate you.)
Destructive thought: “I just have a slow metabolism.”
When you’re eating well and working out regularly, but still not seeing results, it’s definitely easier to blame it on your genes than to take a hard look at what you’re doing—or not doing. And while it’s true that some people are genetically predisposed to being overweight, there are tons of possibilities for why you’re not losing weight, most of them leading back to your own habits.
Change it: Instead of sitting back and placing the blame on something you can’t control, replace that power-robbing thought with the truth: “I have the power to change my weight, my health and my fitness level.” Whether it’s fitting in a few muscle-building moves throughout your day, stepping up the intensity of your workouts, taking a daily 30 minute walk, or choosing smarter snacks, there are plenty of things you can do to step up your metabolism—and none of them involve pointing the finger at something beyond your control.