Pretty harsh isn’t it? To stare at yourself in the mirror and realize you hate how you look, how you feel and how you’ve treated yourself. I know it all too well. At times those feelings still rear their ugly head…especially if I’ve had a wild weekend and I make poor food choices.
You torment yourself wondering what life would have been like if you’d made other choices. If you’d stuck to your eating plan and your exercise schedule you’d have been successful with your weight loss by now but you didn’t and now you’re blaming yourself. You can hardly stand yourself. It all feels hopeless. I was there ten years ago. I was so desperate for a change in my weight loss. I’m so glad I found Eat to Live.
You may be feeling the same way. How is it that you can’t stick to a plan? You want to hide because you think you know what others think. You don’t want to socialize and you don’t want to look them in the eyes because you are embarrassed or angry. You look for something nice to wear and leave the stores disappointed because nothing looks nice.
Maybe you’ve been doing well with your weight loss and you’ve had some success but lately you can’t stick to it. It’s getting harder instead of easier. You want to give up because it feels hopeless. What can you do next?
I want you to take a big, deep breath.
There is nothing to change or nothing to fix. You are perfect and you are precious. You didn’t get here overnight and you won’t magically wake up with the coveted abs or body of the woman on your vision board overnight either.
What exactly do you want? For example…this is what I want:
-I want to be lean and strong
-I want to feel comfortable in my own skin
-I want to be healthy
-I want to have the confidence and self-esteem to go anywhere and do anything without doubting my appearance
Make your own list and create that possibility. Make it your mission statement.
I am a strong, lean woman who is comfortable in her own skin and takes care of herself in order to be healthy and confident no matter what life throws my way.
Ok…now be that woman. How would she act when it comes to food? Would she stuff chocolates and salty snacks down with no care for her body? errr…probably not. She can but she doesn’t want to because it won’t support her healthy lifestyle. Does she exercise because it makes her feel good? Yep…she likes how she feels and she does it so she can keep feeling good…it’s not punishment for eating extra treats…it is her way of life.
Stop beating yourself up. It’s not helping you. Be the person NOW that you want staring back at yourself in the mirror one year from now. When you’re faced with a huge dessert remember that woman you want to be and think of what that dessert will do…will it bring you closer to your goals?
Forget the huge plan to lose X number of pounds by some crazy date you’ve picked. Live each day as that healthy woman and trust that your body will do the healing it needs. Be her, do what she does and have what she has in the long run. Take it day by day.
Each day commit to being healthy and making the best choices you can for your weight loss. Do the research, get the knowledge you need and make the best choices for your health and wellness.