If Your Goal is to Lose Weight You Have to Love Your Body First

Posted on Posted in Health & Fitness, Weight Loss

If your goal is to lose weight you have to love your body first. Right now go stand in front of the mirror as naked as the day you were born  (wait to get home if you are in a public place – I’m not looking to get you cited for public indecency) and learn to fall in love with what you see.  Without expectation for change.  Go on, do it.

You Won’t Work to Improve Something You Dislike

If your goal is to lose weight it’s important to recognize that there isn’t acceptance waiting after the weight is gone, acceptance starts now

It’s tough. Negative thoughts creep in as we harshly judge our appearance. My belly is too big, my arms sag or I don’t like the shape of my butt. Let me ask you, how much time do you spend taking care of things that you own that you don’t really like?

Many of us underestimate the amount of work that it takes when we aspire to change something about ourselves or reach a new goal. Change is difficult.  True lasting change requires a significant amount of commitment and persistence.  Change means that we have to learn new habits, a lot of them, and incorporate them into our life. We can drop the weight in a short period of time but getting all of those habits to stick for the long-term takes longer. Yuck! That sounds boring. Who has time for all that?  Netflix anyone?

The hard fact is that we won’t dedicate time and effort to something that we dislike.  If we dislike our bodies the way they are now we won’t dedicate the time and effort to improve it.  You must learn to love your body for what it does for you, to admire the miracle of life that it provides.  You must love it now in its current state, exactly the way that it is, even if it never changes, unconditionally.

Acceptance isn’t Waiting in the Future

It’s a misconception to think that if I only lose the weight I can love my body. Loving your body is a mental decision. If you don’t like the shape of your butt now you still won’t like it when it’s smaller. If you judge yourself negatively now you’ll have that when you lose the weight, get in shape, grow your hair or whatever change you make.

Body acceptance isn’t conditional based on you being a certain size and it certainly doesn’t mean resigning yourself to being unhealthy. Body acceptance is about learning to appreciate your body for what it can do, rather than how it looks. You won’t dedicate the time and effort it takes to work on improving something that you dislike.

If Your Goal is to Lose Weight Loving Your Body Now Changes the Game

You change the game on what you are willing to do for yourself when you hold yourself in the highest regard.  Love yourself now, exactly the way that you are without expectation for change.

The amazing transformation that happens when you love your body is that it starts to reflect your love. Treat it with respect and it will adapt and transform.  The beauty you feel will reflect outside. The secret to designing your extraordinary life is to start telling yourself now that your life is extraordinary, and it’s only going to get better.

Recent Articles

mental challenge of getting in shape and strength training for women

Strength Training for Women: 5 Strength Building Moves Every Woman Must Know

Lean muscle mass is a woman's best friend when it comes to boosting metabolism.  Muscle also aids in protecting long-term mobility and adding sexy curves. What you may not realize is that strength training for women burns calories, helps reduce body fat and can help to keep hormones in balance ...
Read More
Guacamole recipe using fresh avocado

Easy Guacamole Recipe: Spotlight on the Avocado, the Healthy Fat

This yummy guacamole recipe is a great way to add a little avocado to your diet. Avocado has gained popularity over the past few years in pace with the acceptance that healthy fats are part of a healthy diet.  The avocado is a great way to get plant-based healthy fats into ...
Read More
Is Juicing Good for You?

Is Juicing Good For You? Not Really, and Neither Are These Other Crazy Diet Trends

Food trends and fad diets are a common occurrence in today's culture. We would all love to have a quick fix. To find the one thing that will finally shrink our waistline and end the growing obesity rates. Unfortunately many of those searches for the holy grail end up being ...
Read More
Lose Weight from the Stomach

What is the Best Way to Lose Weight From the Stomach? How to Lose Belly Fat After 40

One of the most common questions I get is what is the best way to lose weight from the stomach? Excess belly fat is a common complaint for most women, especially for those over 40. Fat distribution caused by the swaying and shifting hormones that happen later in life cause ...
Read More