We know how it goes – January rolls around, and everyone’s filled with enthusiasm, armed with big goals for the new year. But as the days turn into weeks, motivation can dwindle and challenges can arise, threatening future progress. That’s when affirmations truly shine. They have the power to unlock our potential, even when the going gets tough.
Affirmations aren’t just feel-good phrases; they’re backed by scientific research. Some studies suggest that people who practice self-affirmations are more likely to maintain health-improving behaviors over time. The theory is that these positive, personal statements help us confront our fears, boost our self-esteem, and focus on our goals.
So, to give you that extra push when you need it most, Kate Hudson, a key contributor to our latest Small Steps Plan, shared her favorite motivational affirmations with us.
Affirmation 1: “When it comes to your body, be curious, not judgmental.”
We love this first affirmation suggestion from Hudson, and couldn’t agree more! Embracing self-acceptance and curiosity is essential to cultivating a healthy relationship with your body.
Instead of criticizing or comparing yourself to others, approach your weight journey with an open mind. Discover what works best for you, explore different forms of nourishment and exercise, and be gentle with yourself along the way. Your body is unique, and it deserves your loving attention.
Not sure where to start? Download MyFitnessPal to start your food logging journey.
Affirmation 2: “There is nothing to fix. You are not broken. This is about being the best version of you.”
Let that sink in. You. Are. Not. Broken. With this affirmation, Hudson encourages you to embrace the idea that achieving your weight goals is a journey towards becoming the best version of yourself.
Focus on nourishing your body, mind, and spirit. Celebrate every step forward, no matter how small, and release the pressure to be perfect. Because you’re already remarkable! Your weight journey is more about nurturing your inherent greatness.
Affirmation 3: “Perfection is not a requirement.”
We very much believe this at MyFitnessPal, too. Striving for perfection can be a hindrance rather than a motivation on your health journey.
Let go of the idea that everything needs to be flawless. Health is a dynamic and ever-evolving concept. Embrace the ups and downs, the setbacks and victories, and find joy in the process. Allow yourself the freedom to indulge in moderation, savor the occasional treat, and find BALANCE in your approach to nutritional health.
Affirmation 4: “Change starts from the inside out.”
We talk a lot about nutrition, because, well, duh. But, with this affirmation, Hudson reminds us that shifting your mindset is also essential to transformation, too.
Cultivate a positive and empowering inner dialogue that supports your health and nutrition goals. Believe in your ability to make lasting changes and trust in the process. Reflect on your motivations, set intentions, and align your actions with your values.
Affirmation 5: “You are worth the effort.”
Hudson prioritizes self-care — and you should, too. Invest in your health because you deserve it. Make yourself a priority, both physically and mentally. Take time to move your body in ways that bring you joy, nourish yourself with wholesome foods, and prioritize restful sleep. Self-care and a journey to weight loss is not selfish; it’s an act of self-love.
Bottom Line: When in doubt, affirm it out
Incorporate these affirmations into your daily life as powerful reminders that will propel you toward your health goals.
And if you need one more affirmation, give our favorite a try: Change starts today.
Note: The mentioned affirmations are credited to Kate Hudson and are intended to inspire and motivate individuals on their health journeys.