One thing I have really come to realize is that the battle for health and weight loss all begins in your mind. And for women, it is a very nasty battle. Until we change the way we think, we will never change the way we act.
I’m not sure what it is about women that has us constantly berating ourselves. We love to tell ourselves all the things that are wrong, and, in our minds, horrible. We love to point out the pounds we gain while ignoring the ones we lost. We love to discuss the pants that don’t fit, but ignore the dress that looks great. We will talk all day about our thunder thighs or muffin tops, but we completely ignore the success of actually feeling better internally.
Why is that?
Why is feeling better never enough?
Why is making progress on weight never progress enough?
Why is fitting better in clothing never fitting good enough?
I’m not sure about all that goes on in the human brain, but I do know that our thought life has a direct effect on what we achieve. If we continue to berate ourselves, we will never reach any level of success. Constantly telling yourself that you are a failure or that your are fat or that you will never get it right means setting yourself up for just those things.
This past week, I actively focused on looking at the good. I told myself nice things. I looked in the mirror and complimented the person looking back. I thought about all the things I do well. I remembered all the successes I’ve had. And I thought about how hard I have worked and how great I feel for the progress I’ve made.
I haven’t achieved perfection. I still have a lot to do. But I’m getting much better at being ok with myself. In changing the way I think about who I am, I am starting to act so much better. I am treating myself better because I think of myself better. Know what I mean?
Reminding myself that I am so much more than the negative leads to me acting out the positive.
That’s this week’s success. And I plan to continue living in it.