By Chrissy Weber
My message to all of my clients and followers is to love yourself exactly as you are, but what some don’t realize is that you can love yourself and still want to change.
My current situation is proof of that.
Here I am, 9 months postpartum, having lost about 2/3 of my baby weight, but hanging on to those last few pounds. My body has changed, and those extra 10 pounds look like a lot more than just 10 pounds!
After a couple of unexpected glances at my reflection, and some pictures of me in a bathing suit at my daughters swimming lessons, I decided that it was time for me to get healthy again and yes, lose some weight.
I love all that my body is capable of doing firstly for growing a little human, but also for the fact that I can run, swim, climb (none of which I do currently, but the ability is nice!) and just generally keeping up with my baby. Wanting to change my body doesn’t mean I don’t love myself, it means that I see room for improvement.
I am so much more than just a body, and so are you. My personality, my ambition, my kindness and my mental strength are all things that make me proud of who I am. I accept my flaws and the fact that I am not perfect. I am who I am no matter what I weigh.
I will still be the same person on the inside, no matter how I look on the outside, and no matter the number on the scale.
My self-love is not reflected on the scale. Neither is yours.
So, if you are embarking on a weight loss journey thinking that you will love yourself once you lose the weight, you are wrong. If your self-love isn’t on point, you should start with that before embarking on any sort of weight loss journey.
How do you start?
My favorite exercise to give my clients is to look in the mirror and say “I love you” out loud. Continue this daily until you truly believe it. Then, take all your clothes off and repeat the process.
From there, you may realize that you don’t need to lose weight at all. Or, if you’re like me, you’ll still want to lose the weight but this time, you’ll be doing it from a place of love.
Chrissy Weber, also known as the Ladies’ Life Coach, is on a mission to empower everyday women to live the life of their dreams, on their terms. She works with herclients 1 on 1 to improve everything from their self-love and self-esteem, to organization and relationships. She offers sessions in-person, via Skype or by phone. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook