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How to Love Yourself Along the Way

Have you taken a second to congratulate yourself today? No, it’s not your birthday (unless it is, then Happy Birthday!), in fact it might just be an average Friday. But you deserve a big congrats for doing one amazing thing—changing your life!

When you decide to get healthy, you’ve made a decision to reverse your old habits and change your life for the better. And I give that a hearty congrats every day of the week (you can’t tell, but I’m high-fiving you right now).

Why am I being such a cheerleader? Well first, I’m happy to cheer you on pretty much 24/7. But secondly, everybody needs some extra enthusiasm along the way.

Because the path to health is often a long one and learning to love the journey is just as important as eventually meeting your goals.

Now, I know I sound like an inspirational poster here (just imagine there’s a lady standing on a beautiful mountain while I talk here), but it’s really true.

When you’re working hard to get healthy, you might not see the results you want right away. Sure, you’re feeling better, having more energy, learning new habits, and losing weight, but you’re still not at that magical “goal weight.”

Well, guess what? If you’re living a healthy life, your goal weight doesn’t matter. You will reach those goals and you will love your body. But the most important piece of the puzzle is how you’re living your life—before you ever reach those goals.

In order to really love the process of getting to your ideal body, you have to love yourself now—just as you are.

It might sound a little weird. “How can I love myself when I want to change myself?” Honestly, we all do this all the time. Years ago, I didn’t know anything about nutrition. I mean, my blood type was Diet Coke when I was in college 😉. But, after seeing how whole, nutritious eating could change a life, I wanted to learn everything about food. Basically, I wanted to change!

Now, did that mean I hated myself for liking Diet Coke or knowing next to nothing about nutrition? No way! I loved that I wanted to grow, learn, and help others. And that’s exactly what I did.

So, even if your body isn’t quite where you want it to be, there are ways to love yourself today so you’ll be ecstatic with yourself in the future. If you’re not sure where to start (and hey, loving yourself, especially your body, is not an easy task), here’s a few tips to give you a little self-love along the way.

 

Look At The Positive.

It’s easy to look in the mirror and see everything that’s “wrong” with your body. We see these faults in ourselves (faults that usually no one else can see) and they completely overshadow all the positives our bodies bring.

So, look in the mirror and pick out one thing you like. It could be your arms, legs, eyes, hair. Hey, even if it’s just the color of the shirt you’re wearing, that’s a great start. Really notice all the positives of this part of you. How beautiful it is and how that beauty makes you feel.

Then, think of all the positive things your body can do. You might struggle with pain or mobility, but no matter what shape you’re in, your body works hard for you every day. Be thankful to your lungs for effortlessly taking in air. Be grateful to your stomach for digesting your food. Think happy thoughts about your brain and how it makes you the smart, lovely person you are.

When you focus on the positive, some of the negative thoughts start to melt away. And over time, you’ll find more and more parts of yourself that you like, and eventually, love. Then, whether you meet your goal weight or not, you’ll have a body that makes you feel strong and happy.

 

Look With “10 Years Later” Eyes.

Ever look back at old pictures and think...

“Oh my goodness! I thought I was so heavy in this picture, but I looked great. What was I thinking?”

This happens to everybody. When we look back on ourselves, we look back with a kindness we rarely give to the current version of our bodies. Instead, we see all the good things (even though at the time, we only picked out the negative).

So, next time you see a picture of yourself, try to look with “10 Years Later” eyes. Imagine that you’re looking back at this person in the photo and you’ll notice all the good stuff.

Because, trust me, when you really do look at that photo 10 years from now, you’ll only talk about how cute you were.

 

Look for a Dream Goal…And Do It Today.

“I’ll buy that when I’m at my goal weight,” or “I’ll do that when I’m thinner.” I hear members say this all the time.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with having goals or a dream dress you’re working to fit into. But if all of your goals end with “…when I’m thinner” then you’re not living your life to the fullest right now.

So, think of something you’d like to do. Maybe it’s an outfit you’d like to wear or an activity you want to try. Instead of putting it off until you hit your goal weight…do it today.

You’d be surprised what your body is capable of. And when you start adding these exciting, joyous activities to your life, you’ll start to enjoy the path to health even more. And when you reach your goal weight? There’ll be even more amazing things to do, things that go way beyond your biggest dreams of the “goal weight life.”

So, congratulations again. You’re doing hard, important work for yourself. And instead of leaving all that celebration for the day you hit a certain clothing size, start celebrating now.

Share your victories, even those small "wins" in the Beyond Diet community. And make the journey just as joyous as the destination. 

Comments

Susan Young
Enjoyed your encouragement for us! I am back on the program after getting away from it for over a year. I had gained all my weight back I lost but now I am losing it fast again!
Gloria De Klerk
Wow ! What wisdom !!! Many Thanks !!!!!!!! you have helped me on my journey !!!!!!
Liliana Martinez
Hi my name is Lily I am 56. I became a member a couple of months ago but had no motivation to start. Last night I decided to start phase 1.
Liliana Martinez
Hi my name is Lily I am 56. I became a member a couple of months ago but had no motivation to start. Last night I decided to start phase 1.
Liliana Martinez
Hi my name is Lily I am 56. I became a member a couple of months ago but had no motivation to start. Last night I decided to start phase 1.
Patricia Anderson
Thanks Isabel. I needed this.
aleksandra sialtsis
That was truly inspiring! Thank you, Isabel !
Linda
Thank you, for motivating us always, you are so determined to help people.
Linda
Thank you, for motivating us always, you are so dietermined to help people.
Effie Young
Thanks Isabel, you are always so inspiring. It's true I look at my past photos where I though I was so fat! LOL, now I wish I was the weight on the old picture. I'll be back there though. I have been able to keep off 10 pounds and it was starting to creep back up.I am going on the no sugar diet.
Sandy
Is this really safe for diabetics
Lynne
How do I access the chat line for the current 30 day Transformation?
Kathy Estrella
Thank you, Isabel! I think this might be just what I needed today!
Joyce DiPasquale
I feel so much better not eating sugar! Down 6 pounds. It really is about the journey and celebrating it as we go! Thanks for your knowledge and encouragement
Kazma khalid
Beautiful 👌i just love tour approach towards diet I tried your 7 day detox on sugar and i loved it i literally lost in inches and im starting it again from monday
Judy Houy
What a wonderful article to wake up to and start my day. Thank you Isabel. Just weighed myself and down 12 pounds. Your words are keeping me motivated.
Ratunda Hicks
Thank you for sharing this Isabel. It truly hits home with me and it is so true. I'm going to post this on my bulletin board in my kitchen as a constant reminder.

Categories

  1. Balance   
       26 posts
  1. Healthy Eating   
       15 posts
  1. Gluten Free   
       6 posts
  1. Inspiration   
       6 posts
  1. Parenting   
       5 posts
  1. Clean Eating   
       4 posts
  1. Cheat Day   
       3 posts
  1. Meal Planning   
       3 posts
  1. Guest Post   
       2 posts

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