If you’ve changed your eating and exercise habits in an effort to slim down, you may have a long list of things that you hope to do when you reach your goal weight. Maybe you plan to invest in a new wardrobe, start going out more often, or take a special trip. It’s smart (and super motivating) to set goals for yourself. But putting your life on hold until you hit a number on the scale can have a serious downside. In fact, it can actually cause your weight loss plan to backfire. If you wait until you lose weight to celebrate the person you are right now, you shortchange yourself out of the most important relationship of your life—the one with yourself.
Wanting to improve your weight doesn’t mean that the body you’re in right now is “bad” or that there is anything wrong with you. It just means that you have set a healthy goal to make it better. And everyone—regardless of size—has room for improvement. So why not spoil your unique and special body right now to boost your inner confidence and potential?
3 Ways to Your Celebrate Your Body Now
First, congratulate yourself for making health and wellness a priority, then use tips to celebrate yourself every day, regardless of the number on the scale.
1) Don’t postpone life’s amazing experiences. If you have a trip that you want to take, schedule it now. If you’d like to use the trip to reward yourself for hard work in the gym or hard work in the kitchen, then do so. But tie the reward to experiential progress, rather than a random bodyweight number. For example, you might plan a short weekend getaway at the end of the month to celebrate four weeks of consistent daily exercise. Or you might indulge in a spa day after a week of healthy eating.
You can also find a trip or experience that supports the goal you’ve set for yourself. Indulge in a yoga retreat to learn meditation. Take a cooking class to explore new ways to cook healthy foods. Or plan an active hiking weekend with friends.
2) Buy clothes that make you feel good. There’s no reason to wait until you are a certain size to indulge in a wardrobe that makes you feel sexy and wonderful. Your body has fabulous features already—so fill your closet with clothes that help you flaunt them. There are many brands that make flattering clothes for women of all sizes. You’ll stand taller and project greater confidence when you wear items that help you look and feel amazing.
“You know those days that you feel just right in what you are wearing? When you have an extra zip in your step? With that sense of healthy self-esteem comes making healthy life choices,” says Colleen Saidman Yee, author of Yoga for Life and the woman the New York Times calls the “first lady of yoga.” Colleen has formed a partnership with Chico’s Zenergy clothing because the line supports her mission to help women feel good regardless of their age or weight. “We are all unique, and Chico’s has a large enough selection that you can find pieces that can express the best and balanced you on any particular day,” she says. Zenergy pieces are made from soft, performance-inspired fabrics and range in size from XS to XXL.
Another brand that supports healthy strong women of all sizes is lucy. Creative Director Keryn Francisco is a fashion-forward mom whose body has changed through the years. She understands that women want figure-flattering clothes that fit a changing body. Keryn designed for both Levi’s and Nike before tackling indiGO, lucy’s latest line. The jeans and tops reflect her unique background. She uses the word “democratic” to describe the clothing because the pieces don’t discriminate based on size or body shape. The jeans-inspired line features contour shading, a soft lightweight feel and items come in sizes ranging from XS to XL.
3) Practice positive self-talk. There’s a certain f-word that we often use when we’re feeling less-than-confident about our bodies. And no, it’s not a four-letter word. The word is “fat.” When you call yourself fat or use the word fat to describe a part of your body you become your own worst enemy.
Try to talk to yourself the same way that you would talk to a friend or family member that you love and admire. You can even create positive statements to replace negativity. In developing the mantras, think about what your strong, capable body can do and less about how it looks. For example, you might remind yourself about the miles you are able to walk with your strong legs, or the powerful work that you do with your capable arms.
Remember that learning to eat well and exercise often is about building on your best features, not breaking yourself down or putting your life on hold until you reach a number on the scale. Everyone’s life is a process and by setting a weight loss goal for yourself you have made a courageous choice to become actively engaged in yours. Celebrate yourself both now and later as part of your lifelong journey to wellness.
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