I often think back and try to recall everything I did that made my weight loss happen, so I can help other people do the same thing. I get asked all the time, “how did you do it?” and I know what they’re really asking is what diet pills I took or what keto meal plan I followed, but anyone who knows my story knows my journey was so much more than that.
Of course I have shared the big stuff I did to lose weight, daily planning, sleep + water, exercise, managing my mind, but there is one thing I haven’t shared about the last time I lost weight- I had a mantra.
At the time I never really thought about it, but I remember telling myself constantly, “I am doing this.” I probably thought those four words a million times through out my weight loss. Anytime I wanted to quit, skip a workout or overeat, I would stop myself, “No, I am doing this.”
The more I said it, the more I believed it. This weight loss dream I had was happening, I was really freaking doing it. I said it so many times and eventually my mantra switched to, “I can do this.” I had quit on myself so many times and I was done messing around. I was done being the “fat friend” and I was done having my weight hold me back and embarrass me. So I told myself I was doing it. A lot. And sure enough, I did it.
I still have mantras to this day. I am always reading, learning and listening to develop myself, and the things I learn inspire me to focus on evolving areas of my thinking. For example, my current mantra is “Be so in love with yourself that anything that doesn’t serve you at the highest level isn’t invited into your body, your brain or your life.” I created this mantra to keep me aligned with eating to fuel and love my body. I have been researching plant based eating and use this mantra to remind myself why eating for my highest self is important to me. Before I make food decisions, I ask myself “Is this serving me at the highest level?” if not, then why am I inviting it into my body? And you can bet it is the screensaver on my phone, and written about daily in my journal.
Another mantra that I have used forever is “I am going to figure this out, no matter what.” I spent so much time in confusion and inaction, not believing I was able to figure things out. I decided that sucked and I wanted to do better. I used this mantra to give me the confidence and tenacity to go after my goals and solve my problems. Many of the major voices in personal development, like Corinne Crabtree and Marie Forleo, follow and preach the “I can figure it out” philosophy like a religion.
The mantra seems like such a simple hack but I really do feel like it was the secret sauce to my weight loss success. In the beginning, using a mantra was one of the main things I changed about my approach to weight loss. I told myself I was doing it, I didn’t waste mental energy trying to talk myself out of my goals . I was finally going to battle for the results I actually wanted. I made a ton of mistakes, but I still was able to tell my self I was doing weight loss at the end of the day. No matter what challenge or temptation came up for me, that mantra kept me going.
There is so much power behind the words we say to ourselves. If you are constantly self sabotaging your goals and dreams, it all starts in your brain. Our thoughts become our feelings, which become our actions, which become the results of our lives. If you are ready to change your life, start small and pick a mantra that feels good to you and is relevant to your goals. And repeat it as many times as it takes to make you believe it.
If you are struggling to come up with your own mantra, borrow one from me! Set these mantra graphics as your screensaver and repeat the words every time you pick up your phone.
Use the power of the mantra to get to your goals + live the life you dream of! If you have any mantras that you love + have worked for you, feel free to share them in the comments!