Do you ever get in your own way and make life harder than it needs to be? Do you self-sabotage and make choices you know aren’t good for you… like plopping down on the couch with a bag of chips or a pint of ice cream after a stressful day? Maybe you skip a workout and justify it with excuses? You tell yourself you will never be able to lose the weight, get fit, eat healthy or run a 5k. Turns out we are pretty good at creating obstacles for ourselves when our self-worth is a little shaky. The culprit is usually an underlying belief that you don’t deserve to have the life of your dreams. But at Get Healthy U, we want you to get rid of all that self-doubt and stop letting your weight get in the way of your goals. Which is why we want you to consider this question: What have you always wanted to do but haven’t because of your weight?
I asked this question on my Facebook page and the answers came pouring in; they were eye-opening. So many of you aren’t doing the things you want to because of your weight—from wearing a bikini on a beach to feeling confident about who you are. Your weight has become a barrier between you and the life you imagine. And that make me sad!
Which is why I encourage you to turn that one thing you aren’t currently doing into your biggest motivator for weight loss and a lifestyle change. Use your goal to pull you into the direction you want to go.
Create visual reminders.
If you say, “I want to be happy looking in the mirror” read it every morning and let it motivate you to take that walk.
Jot down: “I want to run” if that’s your goal and turn it into your rocket fuel to join the couch to 5k program.
If a bikini isn’t your thing, but you want to feel comfortable at the beach, buy a swimsuit of your choice that makes you feel good. When you feel good about you, it’s easier to make good choices for your body.
Use your goals as a compass.
Goals and self-improvement challenge us and give us something meaningful to work toward. When we work on achieving our goals, we feel engaged and happier because we are actively taking action to make our lives even better. If you don’t let anything get in the way of you and your goals, your self-worth goes up because you are telling yourself that you are worth it!
Be happy now.
Whether you want to feel more confident, or be able to hike, you can still be happy in this very moment. I am all about goal-setting, but don’t hang your happiness on that goal. If you aren’t going to be happy until “blank”, then you are postponing the happiness you could feel right now. Before you know it the days, months and years go by. Happiness is a choice. Focus on the positives in the present to help fuel your future. Start to enjoy this moment and the journey.
Love yourself throughout the process.
While you can use your goals as motivators, remember to love yourself throughout the process. I believe you can’t make positive change from a negative mindset. You are probably good at being kind to others, so dole out some of that kindness on yourself. Don’t let the scale determine your self-worth. Guess what, it’s okay to love yourself AND want to improve. Nothing good is born out of self-loathing.
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You don’t have to be perfect.
Magazines, TV shows and Facebook status updates can easily make us all feel like we don’t measure up. You don’t have to weigh a certain amount to be happy. You don’t have to look a certain way to be self-accepting. You don’t have to skip the beach because you don’t like how your thighs look. Let the things you want to do encourage you instead of becoming roadblocks. One way to become encouraged is to realize no one is perfect and you don’t need to be either.
You deserve to do all the wonderful things you want to do with your life. Let those things get you excited and motivated to achieve them. Don’t let anything stop you from living the life you desire. Use that fire within you to start to lose the weight.