In today's society there are often times stigmas and emotions tied to being overweight and or out of shape. We all know this. For some, other peoples opinion or stereotyping is of no consequence. There are others that it effects much differently. Often times fellings of uselessness and self pity along with guilt and self loathing permeate their thoughts and are very unhealthy. Everyone is different, and thus reacts and interacts with the world differently.
On to the point...(sorry I get wordy)
Not sure if anyone else does this. In addition to cycling and watching my food intake and amounts, I also use self visualization and positive affirmations. I know I'm the hippy dippy but it helps. One, it focuses your mind and purpose and reaffirms positives in yourself. Two, it keeps you on track. I try to read aloud each morning a list of positive affirmations and when I go about my day I occasionally will take a moment to relax and visualize in my mind a thinner/healthier me. At night before I sleep I do the affirmations again. If you live with another person you may want to internalize this step, they tend to get tired of the nightly "chanting". I revise the list occasionally to focus on areas I am having issue with. I always include a few constants like, "I am a good person. I am a good son." These stay constant on my list, the daily issues of life, stress issues and things that are taking too much space in my thoughts, I use to make the affirmations that change as time goes by.
Even a simple list of affirmations can make a difference in my opinion. Something like,"I am becoming healthy. I am loosing weight. I am stronger." You can add whatever you want in your life. "I will become more organized." Etc
I figure I need all the advantage I can get. And in the end, we honestly do create our own reality/self. Shouldn't we create a better one?
Ok I'm off to