Have you ever looked at an old photo of yourself and laughed (or cried) because you remember thinking or telling yourself you were fat or not good enough and now you would do anything just to get back to that point?
Thanks to spending more time with myself and learning to better love the entirety of myself, I’ve finally realized I need to stop trying to chase the past and instead focus on being healthy, happy and feeling good. You can certainly be overweight and healthy, but you need to take care of yourself inside and out.
If you’re stuck wishing you could turn back the hands of time, here are five tips to readjust your perspective and mindset moving forward:
1. FOCUS ON HOW YOU FEEL
Your weight can be affected by so many things: salt intake, sleep, water intake, bathroom habits, your cycle (for women) -- just to name a few. For this reason, you should treat weight as an indicator and not the end all be all.
You can be overweight and happy, but think about the many other indicators of health. Ask yourself: How do I actually feel? Am I run down? Am I unhappy with how I look? Does my body ache? If so, it’s time for a change. And I don’t just mean weight loss, I mean taking care of yourself. Eating well, exercising, sleeping and taking care of your mental health are all key components of health. Take the time to regularly think about how you are doing on all fronts, not just the scale.
2. FOCUS ON SELF LOVE
Knock negative thoughts out by overloading on positive ones. Think about how phenomenal you are!
What do you like about you?
What do those in your inner circle like about you?
Write down your positive thoughts and read them back on the days when all you can think of are the downers.
Write about what makes you happy, the things you want to accomplish and how you plan to achieve them.
3. CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESSES
Write your goals down. Think about how far you’ve come and where you want to go. If you are having trouble getting rid of the destructive negative thoughts, maybe it’s time to talk to a professional, but outside of that TRACK your progress. Join My Challenge Tracker & celebrate your success alongside others with similar goals.
4. RESPECT THE CHALLENGE OF WEIGHT-MAINTENANCE
The truth is, preventing weight gain once you’ve hit your goal can sometimes be the hardest part. Studies show only about 20% of overweight people who accomplish their weight-loss goals maintain that loss for at least one year. Set yourself up for success, but stay focused and don’t beat yourself up if you gain, because you are not alone in striving to accomplish your goals.
5. REMEMBER YOUR BODY IS INCREDIBLE
Whether you’ve had a baby, recovered from surgery or just got over a cold, use those as reminders your body is capable of awe-inspiring things: Your body is an extraordinary machine and you sit in the driver’s seat. You are, to a large extent, in control of what your body looks like and how it performs based on how you treat it. Make the decision to join a accountability group, run around the block or increase your intake of fruits and veggies because those choices have a direct effect on your health.
Keep flipping through the photo albums, but remember you only have one body. As you age your body will, too. Adjust your goals accordingly. Stop trying to chase your high school, pre-wedding or pre-baby weight. Instead focus on the weight that’s right for you at this point in your life.
And remember to LOVE YOURSELF
Article Credit: MFPBlog
I'm a carb eater, jesus lover, stay at home mommy, faithful wife, depression survivor, lifestyle coach, & make up fanatic.