Hope Wissel

Self Love and the Weight Loss Journey

“Stop hating yourself for everything you aren’t. Start loving yourself for everything that you are.” ~Unknown

Happy Monday!  I am doing my happy dance because it is the weekend.  No, I am not crazy but I consider Monday and Tuesday my weekend since they are hubby’s days off.  I have office hours in the morning (while he is still asleep) but the rest of the day is devoted to spending time with him.

The last week was full of awakenings.  Since June1 is the start of Thirty One’s fiscal year, I did a reset and considered that MY new year.  Okay, so you may be thinking she is just in the pink cloud that comes the first week or so when we actually keep our New Year’s resolutions, right?

The truth is that I actually had some glimpses of how other see me and I am pretty AMAZING.  Yes, last week was that game changing.  I have put on a few pounds since reaching Lifetime as Weight Watchers – a fact.  I acknowledge it for what it is and I have moved on.  As a result in my change in attitude, I dropped 2.2 pounds this week.  Okay, so hitting the gym and the treadmill for 4 days helped but my attitude was different.

Yes, I am tracking again which keeps me accountable. Yes, I hit the gym. The biggest game changer for me was in my belief that I deserved to be at goal weight.

Here are 3 thought gremlins that I kicked to the curb this week:

1. There is something wrong with me.  

A wise woman (thank you Eryka Peskin) tole me to stop berating myself and start celebrating me.  Her Celebration Challenge over the last 2 weeks was a HUGE for me.  I don’t want to diet the rest of my life with the “I can’t have” mentality.  I am going to live my life as my skinnier self enjoying the foods that I like without condemning myself.  The berating has kept me on the diet yo-yo and stood in the way to my success.

2. I need to wait until I lose the weight.

Rewarding myself for reaching a number on the scale was not an incentive because what I really wanted was those words of affirmation.  Of course, words are great but you have to believe them.  Stop waiting! Celebrate the little wins along the way to encourage yourself to keep going. Take out the good dishes and eat on them, buy a new outfit and feel great in it now, go out on a date, LIVE!

3. They are so beautiful. I’ll never look like that.

The media including social media has us comparing our bodies to others and using it as a standard for how our body should look.  Why do we beat ourselves up wanting the hourglass figure when we are a pear shape?  Our body frames are different and no matter how hard we try, we will never look like that hour glass figure.  You are just setting yourself up for a big disappointment.

Berating ourselves, waiting to do nice things for ourselves, and comparing ourselves are not what we want to do when we want to lose weight and feel better about ourself.

Focusing on what we like about ourself, treating ourself to something special every now and then, and giving up comparisons is the way for us to be healthier and happier.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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