I know I have been guilty of being my own worst critic. I can’t tell you how many times I have looked at myself in front of the mirror and hated what I saw. A good day in the dressing room at the mall was rare for me. I would constantly compare myself to others, which did not help things.
My recent journey toward adopting a healthier lifestyle started with me finally loving myself more. I realized I deserved the best life possible and wanted to finally try a different approach. I wanted to take on more of a journey of self-discovery versus trying to lose as much weight as quickly as possible.
Do you find yourself constantly picking at yourself when you’re getting dressed or trying to get ready for the day? Have you bothered to ask yourself why you do this? One of the best things I could have ever done for myself is stop comparing myself to others. I know it is hard to do in the age of social media and having everyone’s “best lives” available instantly on our smart phones, but the minute I began to accept myself for all my strengths and flaws I began to transform in a way I never thought possible.
The next time you look in the mirror take a second and find one thing you love about yourself. We all have good physical attributes so take some time to celebrate. The next thing is to think of some inner qualities you love about yourself. Examples are: “I am smart,” “I am driven,” “I am kind to others,” “I have overcome many obstacles and am stronger for it.”
Through my own journey I have found that by focusing on loving myself and appreciating my positive traits I was able to break through my mental barriers that had kept me from achieving my fitness goals in the past. By looking at things as my own journey and not comparing myself to others I became less discouraged, and was able to push through the weeks I felt like I made little to no progress.
You are absolutely capable of living your best life. If losing 20 pounds is something you want to do, start by setting up your goals from a place of self appreciation and not because you hate yourself. By striving to adopt changes over time and develop a better lifestyle because you love yourself, you will begin to see the physical changes will happen in time.
At my heaviest I wore size 22 jeans and today I wear size 6 jeans and love what I see in the mirror. I highly doubt I would be where I am today if I started my journey from a place of hate. In my opinion it is much harder to embrace a process if you’re kicking and screaming along the way. I knew I wanted to change because I deserved to be happy and so do you!