My subconscious mind is where I have to develop my new healthy lifestyle skills. According to Lanny Bassham's book With Winning in Mind, the amount of skill is determined by these three factors:
1. How often I train
2. How efficiently I train
3. What I reinforce
Here are his guidelines that will help me with my new skills-
1. Catch yourself doing something right
Easier said than done! So easy to find all the things that we do wrong. Don't dwell on it. Only think about your successes.
Instead of saying "Why do I do that?"
SAY- "Next time I will be better!"
SAY- "That was awesome! What did I do right?"
2. Train 4 or 5 days a week
I thought- What the heck am I training for? Oh yeah! I am training my subconscious mind to change the way I think about myself, the way I eat and how active I want my life to be. I can't get better unless I dedicate time to training my mind. But if I do it everyday I will burnout. So with everything there needs to be moderation. I can't ignore my family and work to get this work done, but I also cannot just spend one hour a week training my mind to change. I will train my mind 4 or 5 days a week.
3. Wherever you are, be all there
When I spend the time working on me. I am there 100 percent! I won't let all the "other" things in my life distract me. I will focus on the changes that I want to make.
4. Rehearse with in the training session
I have to rehearse the phrases that I will say to a food pusher or someone who compliments me on my weight loss. I have to or I will revert to my "old" habits and give in to the "old" me. Since I want this change badly so I will say it out loud in front of a mirror and I will not be afraid of what others think when I genuinely take the compliment or kindly refuse food.
5. When you are doing well, do a lot
When I am eating well, sticking to my plan and feeling good about myself it is the time to keep going and do your mental training. The mind is more open and is ready to focus since I am on a roll. If I am having a bad day, stop trying to train. I do not practice losing that is the worse thing I can do.
6. Raise or lover ourselves to the standard we are around
I will surround myself who are better than me and I will get better. I follow blogs of others who are not giving up and making it happen. I need to find others who are where I want to be.
7. Make a bet with yourself, when you win it- pay off!
Set a specific objective that requires a special effort on my part. When I get down to a single digit size I am going to buy myself some new jeans. When I make this bet with myself I will attain this goal. I am going to reach this goal and reward myself!