3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Support Forum > Weight Loss Support

Weight Loss Support Give and get support here!

the help of a daily mantra

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-25-2008, 07:36 PM   #1
girl toward svelte
 
audreymonroe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: San Diego
Posts: 273

S/C/G: 196/ticker/150

Height: 5'10''

Thumbs up the help of a daily mantra

Hello all. I had a very small victory today, and it was due to my new trend of giving myself a daily mantra, or message, about my goal for a thinner, fitter me. Each morning I plan my menu for the day (I'm a calorie counter) and my exercise, and at the end of my journal I have been writing a different mantra to tell myself in any moment of weakness. I have been posting some mantras on my blog as well.

Today, my mantra is "A moment on the lips = years on the hips!" I know, everyone has heard this one, it is a little cliche, but it is so very true. Anyway, I was running a little late for class today and didn't have time to order my usual spinach salad, so I had to grab something pre-made. My cafeteria has mini bags of carrots, and mini tubs of hummus, so I grabbed those for lunch. When I went to pay for my food, the cashier handed me a bag of pita chips, which I didn't realize just came with the hummus. So now I have a very small bag of parmasean and herb pita chips in my hands, which by themselves are 190 cals!!! I sit down to eat and I open the bag. I have one chip -- DELICIOUS!!! I have 2 more, when I remind myself of my mantra. I repeat it to myself a couple of times, and move th bag away. I went for the chips one more time, but I stopped myself, finished my carrots, packed up the chips into my bag and brought them home. My BF had them for a snack this afternoon! Whew, got through that one!

It is really hard for me to "say no" when something delicious appears right in front of me, but by using my little message to myself, I was able to conquer the urge to taste something delightful for only a moment and regret it later. Those impulsive habits are what got me to this weight, but remembering these little mantras have been helping me change my lifstyle: I don't need to eat it just because it is tasty, I need to eat for the body I want to have! Do any of you have mantras that hep you get through weak times? I have a few more mantras on my blog, if anyone wants to check them out. Have a great day everyone, and I hope you all had a productive and happy day!
__________________

+ + =

Last edited by audreymonroe : 03-25-2008 at 07:40 PM.
audreymonroe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2008, 08:21 PM   #2
Made of Starstuff
 
Lovely's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New England
Posts: 8,806

Default

What a great victory! You consciously ate, you consciously decided that "No!" those chips were not for you to have today! Wonderful

I don't know if I have a specific mantra... but I have caught myself a few times before mindlessly popping something into my mouth, and I think "How badly do I want to lose weight?" and then "So, do you really want to eat this?"
__________________
~Made of star stuff~
Lovely is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2008, 08:26 PM   #3
Moderating Mama
 
mandalinn82's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Woodland, CA
Posts: 11,938

S/C/G: 295/200/175

Height: 5' 8"

Default

I think, often, people underestimate the power of positive self-talk. I don't necessarily do this in the weight loss arena, but do it in the rest of my life quite often. My personal favorite (the one I try to meditate on at least two or three times a day) is "everything is exactly as it is meant to be at this moment in time"...it really helps me feel calmer about life in general.

Actually, I have used this in a weight-loss sense, but for positive things. On the elliptical, or when strength training, or when I'm cooking a particularly healthy and fabulous meal, I say to myself "I'm so glad I realized I am worth treating well, and love how wonderful this makes me feel". I don't do it with negatives, but I do try to reinforce positive behaviors whenever I can.
__________________
Goal Met - 10/28/07 - My Progress Picture Collage - My Goal Story - Where Have I Been?

No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch!

Maintained Oct 2007-Sept 2011, then got pregnant. Our baby boy was born in May, 2012...now to lose the baby weight!!
mandalinn82 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2008, 08:56 PM   #4
needs constant reminding
 
kittycat40's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 2,848

S/C/G: 164/maintenance since 8/08

Height: 5'4"

Default

I read someone on this site's words "my hands, my mouth." It was a wow moment for me. Now, I say that to myself before mindlessly popping food into my own mouth. It has helped tremendously! (of course, not 100%- but I have been in check!!)

I've been wanting to say thanks! for that!!
__________________


Calorie Counting Back to Maintenance Weight
kittycat40 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2008, 04:20 AM   #5
Member
 
JimmieLynn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: HONOLULU, HAWAII
Posts: 44

S/C/G: 285/253/180

Height: 5'8"

Default

That's awesome! I am also one who uses self talk to stay motivated. I have also gotten into the habit of leaving myself various notes and encouraging words in different places in my house, on the fridge, bathroom mirrors, doors, etc. It really seems to help.

Again, keep up the good work.
__________________

-Jimmie
First Day of the Rest of My Life:
June 17, 2009: 270 lbs.
--First Mini Goal--
JimmieLynn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2008, 10:47 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
nutrition junkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: nyc
Posts: 101

S/C/G: 225/213/150

Height: 5'6

Default

some of my favorites are:
"Iíve come too far to take orders from a cookie. "
"thin is not my dream...it's my future"
"nothing tastes as good as thin feels"
"Eat to live, but don't live to eat. "
"Think higher of yourself, your too good to put that in your body."
"There is no try, there is only DO."
"When it comes to losing weight, those who can do; those that can't make excuses."
"Fridge pickers wear big knickers."
"Don't eat anything today that you'll regret tomorrow."
"The difference between want and need is self-control."
"You only fail if you stop trying."
"don't lose sight of what you want most for what you want at the moment"
__________________
nutrition junkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2008, 11:02 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Ontario's West Coast
Posts: 13,984

S/C/G: 165/147/128

Height: 5'3"

Default

I don't do this. It's always worked for me to just jump in and do it. Naive but effective.

But just lately I've had a bunch of health type stuff happening. I wake up in the morning wondering how badly I'm going to feel today.

However ... I've seen this thread a few times this morning so far ... hmmm

Susan ... you have lost 40 lbs before. Even you thought you looked goood! You know what to do. People come to you for advice and encouragement. You can do this today.
__________________
... Susan
Eat good food. Move yourself. Lift something.
srmb60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2008, 11:09 AM   #8
The Weight's Coming Off!
 
Ottoette's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Colorado USA
Posts: 337

S/C/G: 245/245/155?

Height: 5' 6"

Default

For my kids, my health and my self. - That is the summary of my list of reasons to get healthier.
Ottoette is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2008, 10:55 PM   #9
~Don't Postpone Joy~
 
Sweetcaroline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 1,801

S/C/G: 241.8/228/199.0

Default

I practice mindfulness, 'staying in the moment'... its hard to do, almost like training your brain not to wonder in the past or worry about the future.. Its learning to bring your attention back to the present. When I use it, I can fight off negative thoughts and feelings that drive me to eat distructively.
__________________
.
.

~ Caroline~
..
.
.

~Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change~

~If it is important to you, you'll find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse~

~Progress Not Perfection~

~To My Tuxedo Boys, Your Paws Have Left Prints On My Heart Forever~
Sweetcaroline is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2008, 11:09 PM   #10
Mummy-tummy battler
 
jitterfish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 507

S/C/G: 132ish(290+)/~ticker~/75(165)

Height: 164(5'4")

Default

My personal fav is: there is no such thing as failure, only feedback.

I use it for all things, I use it with my students a lot because I remember as a student my total fear of failing. And it certainly applies to weight loss, any mistake isn't a failure, just a chance to learn.

But now I am so loving Nutrition junkies "I've come too far to take orders from a cookie" I might have to steal that one!
jitterfish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2008, 07:50 PM   #11
Member
 
motomom2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Midwest
Posts: 72

S/C/G: 183/182/150

Default

Nutrition Junkie, hope you don't mind, but I have copied your mini mantras! They are great!
__________________
motomom2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-2008, 08:39 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
guynna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: NC
Posts: 324

S/C/G: 283/see ticker/180?

Height: 5'9"

Default

I love "fridge pickers wear big knickers" ! I also sometimes ask myself "if I eat this, how will I feel 5 minutes from now?"

Thanks for sharing all these ideas.
anita
guynna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2008, 02:48 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
nutrition junkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: nyc
Posts: 101

S/C/G: 225/213/150

Height: 5'6

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by motomom2 View Post
Nutrition Junkie, hope you don't mind, but I have copied your mini mantras! They are great!
haha i don't mind at all, that's why i posted them! I'm glad other people are using them becuase i certainly didn't this weekend. I'm feeling lousy today from a combination of not going to the gym in four days, drinking this weekend, and eating my first fried food of 2008. But today i will climb back on the horse and the 1.2 lbs that i seem to have gained will only be here a few days!
__________________
nutrition junkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2008, 03:32 PM   #14
Work in progress
 
LittleMoonRabbit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: NY
Posts: 894

S/C/G: 165/ticker/120???

Height: 5'2"

Default

Someone on here (I can't think of them, but I see their posts all the time) has in their signature

"Losing weight is hard. Maintenance is hard. Being fat is hard. Pick your hard"

I love that saying, and I tell myself that all the time when I feel my motivation dwindling. It's so true.

I also wear a one of those "Livestrong" type bracelets that says "Don't give up... don't EVER give up." and I like to look at it often when I feel like the road to weightloss seems longer and tougher than usual.
__________________


LittleMoonRabbit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2008, 04:24 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
KateB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Rural Minnesota
Posts: 542

S/C/G: 317/240/160

Height: 5' 6"

Default

"Losing weight is hard. Maintenance is hard. Being fat is hard. Pick your hard"

When I read this for the first time it was an AH HAH Moment for me. So now if I feel discouraged with the whole diet and exercise thing and think it is too hard I ask myself it life was any easier/better when I weighed 30 pounds more. It helps keep me on track.
__________________
Failing to plan...is planning to fail.

KateB is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Posts by members, moderators and admins are not considered medical advice
and no guarantee is made against accuracy.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:58 PM.






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2