Let me tell you what it means to self love and what that has to do with weight loss.
I mentioned in my previous post that starting a new business was much harder than I anticipated.
Not just because it physically requires me to show up in ways that exhaust me (don’t get me wrong…preparing 200 meals at once is physically taxing! lol), but more so because of what it asked of my mindset.
Because of what it asked me to think and believe about myself.
I really had to dig deep and stretch myself in ways that at times were super uncomfortable.
I never want a “job” where I feel I am not positively impacting the lives of others.
I started Prepped Girl because I wanted to help others live healthier lives. I wanted to make it easier for people to fuel their bodies with GOOD food.
I am a Beachbody coach because I want to help others find ways to add fitness into their lives.
Food + fitness = a good life…in my book.
Lately I have found that the stress of running businesses has blurred my focus. I have been focusing on stats and revenue and number of customers and marketing and strategies and so forth.
This week I decided to shift my focus and I have started waking up each morning asking God to use me. Asking God what message he would like me to give to others. Asking God how I might better serve His people.
Today, the message I felt compelled to give was about self love and weight loss.
Because, you see, I feel that as a society we combat body shaming by using the words “self love.”
We combat weight-associated poor self esteem or poor body image with the words “love yourself.”
And although I feel body shaming is utterly wrong, I do feel we do women a disservice when we say, “Just love yourself.”
Because here’s the thing.
Being overweight…eating unhealthy food regularly and living a sedentary life…is not good for our longevity.
I don’t care how many times someone who is overweight is told that she is beautiful just the way she is.
Because she IS beautiful.
In so many ways, but losing weight, eating healthy foods, and getting some exercise, isn’t about being beautiful.
It’s about being healthy.
It’s about living a long life.
It’s about living a FULL life.
And if you are overweight (not just “big”), if you make poor food choices on a daily basis, if your life is spent mainly sitting in a car, sitting at a desk, sitting in a restaurant or on a couch, or lying in your bed, you are not living your fullest life possible.
You just aren’t.
So self love comes in when we don’t beat ourselves up for where we are today.
Self love comes in when we don’t put ourselves down for the choices that got us here.
Self love acknowledges that we probably aren’t in the best place in our lives so we take action to change that.
Let me repeat that: Self love is about accepting you for who you are today and then taking steps today to be a better version of yourself tomorrow.
No berating. No hating. No feeling disgusted. No feeling ugly. No punishing. No pointing out all the flaws. None of that.
Just complete and total admiration for WHO you are AS you are today, and then simultaneously making better choices because you LOVE yourself.
Eat better food.
Get some exercise.
Read personal development.
And if you don’t want to go it alone, join a group like our Mindful Eating program that makes losing weight effortless.
The old adage is true…you are either moving forward or moving backward.
There is no standing still.
Choose self love and take the steps necessary to improve your health TODAY!!