Why self acceptance is important if you want to lose weight?
You wouldn't believe how many people I come across who have reached their target weight, the appearance they thought they wanted. But they're still not happy.
The thing is, being overweight wasn't actually their problem. It was something else. They didn't really want to lose weight. And now they're not overweight they just find something else to beat themselves up over.
Whether it's not having the perfect job.
Whether it's not having enough money.
Or maybe it's not having the perfect relationship. The 2.4 kids.
By not accepting themselves, just how they are, they can't be happy.
If you can't bear to look at yourself in the mirror, or to let your husband or partner see you naked, I'd say there's more going on than just having a few extra pounds.
"A gold medal is a wonderful thing. But if you're not enough without it. You'll never be enough with it"
-One of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite films, Cool Runnings. And it can be applied to weight loss. If you're not enough without weight loss, you'll never be enough with it.
Because let's face it, what does losing weight actually mean?
It means you exert less pressure on the earth. You take up less space.
Is that in itself sufficient to make you happy?
I'll take a stab at no.
If you want to be happy, you have to accept yourself for who you are, weight and all.
I'm not saying you shouldn't push yourself. You shouldn't strive to be the best version of yourself. But do it because you think you deserve the best. You deserve to be happy.
I promise, things will become a lot easier.
Loving our body and wanting the best for it.
You want to exercise because it's what your body wants and needs.
You want to eat healthily because it's what your body thrives on.
Just imagine how much easier weight loss would be. Not only the initial loss, but keeping it off as well.
You'll be surprised what you can achieve when you truly believe you deserve to be happy.
And you do you know.