Acceptance Comes Before Weight Loss
When you see yourself in a
mirror, what's the first word that pops into your head? Is it a support thought like “that outfit really looks
great on you!” or a destructive one like "Wow! You’ve got the weight going ON! – you look terrible!" If it is
the latter, you most likely have poor body-esteem.
Body esteem is similar to
self-esteem. It describes the way you feel about your body and the effect that it has on your overall
well-being. If it is poor, you may live your life always trying to beat your body into submission through
exercise, diets, constant criticism, and waiting until you lose weight to start living your life
Here's a secret you may not
know. In order to permanently lose weight and achieve
your goals, you need to accept the person you are NOW.
For years I thought I was
the ugliest girl in the class because my teeth are really crooked.
My parents couldn’t afford to put braces on my teeth, so I would smile with this distorted smile so that people
wouldn’t notice how crooked they were. When our daughter’s teeth were going to be as ugly as mine, I worked
really hard to get the money to put those braces on so that she wouldn’t go through the ridicule and taunting
remarks that kids so willing hand out at school. When we went to the orthodontist to get her braces, he said to
me that he could put braces on my teeth as well. I was so excited
when I got home I told my husband the good news and he looked at me with this shocked looked and asked “whatever
for”? I thought that was the dumbest question because my crooked
teeth were so obvious to me. He looked at me and said that he loved
me just as I was and I didn’t need to get my teeth straightened to be beautiful to him! That was the day that I
accepted my body and myself and it became OK to be me and smile showing my crooked teeth.!
You're probably asking, "How
can I accept myself when I am not happy with my body?" This is a common question. But consider this -- how has
feeling this way and continuing this war with your body worked so far? Your answer will probably be "Not very
well." So why not try something new?
Psychologist Judith Rodin
said, "You don't need to lose weight first in order to take care of yourself. In fact, the process actually
happens quite in the reverse!"
Here are a few tips that can
help you improve your body esteem:
1) Become an intuitive
eater. Stop dieting! Research has shown only 5 percent of those who diet have any success. This means 95 percent
of diets fail. Dr John Tickell said that people loose weight to look good for a special occasion and in less
than a year will gain the weight back plus 10%. This up and down - loose and gain is very unhealthy. When you
eat healthy food when you are physically hungry and stop when you are full, you release yourself from all the
stress, guilt, shame, and restriction that accompany dieting. And by listening to your body's hunger and
fullness signals, your body will eventually return to its natural weight-- and stay there.
2) When you go on a “diet”
which means to “die” + “sacrificially” you will feel deprived. Instead of trying to “loose weight”, decide to
“discard those unwanted kilos”. When we loose something we look for
it until we find it, (and when it is pounds we always manage to find it where we left it). Rather, to discard is
to permanently get rid of something. So, you discard old stuff from the garage that you no longer need! In the
same way, see those pounds as something that you no longer need to protect you.
3) Ask yourself when you are
about to eat for emotional reasons: What else could I do that is
beneficial to me? I love myself and I care for myself. Perhaps book yourself a massage, or a manicure or pick up
a good book.
4) Surround yourself with people who appreciate you for who
you are and who accept themselves, too! Stop talking about your weight, your diet plan, and what you are eating.
Don’t buy magazines with the latest diet in it.
5) Wear clothes you love and that fit you right now. Get rid
of anything in your closet that doesn't fit comfortably. Feeling miserable leads to thoughts of food and shame,
which lead to the refrigerator! You then eat to comfort yourself and usually that isn’t nourishing food! You
know that your clothes size differs depending on the maker. Don't let a number tell you how to feel about
6) Stop comparing yourself to others. Do you find yourself
checking your body as you walk by mirrors or store windows? Checking your appearance can prevent self-acceptance
by making you overly critical. Don't look at those magazines on the check-out stands either! Comparing your body
to others usually results in more self-criticism and body hatred.
7) Exercise is necessary for your overall health, for
relieving stress, and lessening depression. Don’t exercise to loose weight, but rather exercise to have a
healthy body. Many forms of exercise can have an effect on the way we feel about our bodies and ourselves. Do
exercise to boost your body esteem. Start exercising now.
8) Drink plenty of water to
cleanse the body. This supports you to have a great looking skin, and keeps the body functioning at peak
What are you waiting for?
Start viewing yourself as a wonderfully made woman. You are uniquely made. Your body knows what its needs are.
Listen to what's inside and the outside will be transformed!
Go for it — you know you're worth it!