How Your Body Image Can Make or Break Your Weight Loss Goals

Oscar Wilde said, “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” If you are having difficulty with weight loss, did you ever think that it could stem from a difficulty with loving yourself? Half of the weight loss game is mental! If you are not happy now, no amount of self-improvement will change that. Self-hate cannot be cured by weight loss. More love and acceptance doesn’t come as the pounds go away. That’s not how it works.  Get yourself out of the “I’ll be happy when…” mindset!

Address yourself mentally. Tell yourself that you will love yourself, no matter what. Taking this first mental step will make the physical part of weight loss a whole lot easier! This year, don’t wait for someone else to show you love. Instead, show yourself how much you love yourself by getting healthy and finally ridding yourself of those pesky pounds!

The wrong mindset creates uncontrollable cycles and patterns. If you are thinking poorly about yourself, and telling yourself things like, “I’ll be happy when I finally lose weight,” you may find yourself trying crazy and harmful diets. Those diets more often than not prove to be too difficult and are easily given up, not to mention the binge eating that follows. This is known as the control and release cycle. It leaves you enraged at yourself with even more negative thoughts that creep in on you. Soon, you are back where you started, with those feelings of self-loathing, and then you recommit to weight loss again, and then you fall off the wagon again… and the cycle continues on and on!

To break these endless patterns, you must address the root problem – your head space! With love and acceptance comes peace and hope. Keep in mind that loving yourself as you are doesn’t mean you have to stay as you are. If you truly believe that losing a few extra pounds is the best thing for your health, then you won’t mentally fight against it.

To finally get your health under control and lose those extra pounds, start with loving YOU this month.  Someone else’s love can’t do for you what self-acceptance can. This year, don’t focus on the love from others, but work on your relationship with yourself, because you are PERFECTLY IMPERFECT, inside and out!

For additional help, try Self Mastery Technology (SMT)! It can help you overcome those negative thoughts about yourself and give you the love you need!

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