What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you like what you see even if it isn’t perfect? You may not believe this, but even skinny people have some part of their body that they aren’t particularly fond of. A big part of losing weight is a mental challenge and learning to love yourself no matter what your size.
What you think about yourself can change how you feel about the rest of your life. When we don’t look good, we don’t feel good. That goes for men and women both. Some believe that they won’t be accepted until they lose weight or have plastic surgery. Personally, the only thing I want cut is the high cost of living. But, that’s me and I realize that some people have a difficult time accepting themselves and who they are.
Self image plays a big role in weight loss. Until you can accept who you are right now, permanent weight loss will elude you. The weight that you lose will be contingent on the acceptance of others. When they lose interest, you will stop losing the weight. In your disappointment you might regain those shed pounds or even more.
Say to yourself, “I am worthy of love and acceptance.” It sounds like a mantra, but it is actually a way to reprogram your thinking. No one body is perfect. The goal of weight loss is to be healthy so we are not cutting our lives short. Looking like a million bucks is just a fabulous by-product. Your primary concern when it comes to weight loss should be your health.
How do you accept yourself? Wear clothing that flatters your shape - whatever that may be. I guarantee that you will get compliments on the ensembles you put together. Another thing I can guarantee is that you’ll get a lot of stares if you put on an outfit that is too small or tight for you. A size fourteen body in a size ten pair of pants is not cute at all. How can you be happy with yourself if you can’t breathe because your clothes are cutting your oxygen off anyway?
Do yourself a favor. Dress your best and feel good. As you lose weight and regain health celebrate your success by donating those bigger sizes to charity. Keeping them around is like a security blanket in case you regain the weight. We don’t want to regain the weight, so we don’t need to crowd our closet. Besides, you’ll need to make room for your new, smaller clothes!
Don’t be so hard on yourself. The first thing a person sees is your body, but the thing they will remember is your attitude and personality. Take their mind, and yours, off of the outside and redirect it to what you have inside. You are not defined by your size, but your attitude may be saying otherwise. For permanent weight loss, get your mind under control as well as your weight.
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Presented By: EJ Cooksey | 1/15/2009 11:13:00 AM