Everywhere we look, the media offers images of perfect (more like perfectly unrealistic) bodies. Even when we don’t consciously compare ourselves to these ideas, the idea lurks in the backs of minds. It’s no wonder so many of us feel down on our appearance! It’s hard to compete with pixels on a screen (that have been digitally altered).
Aside from being quite damaging personally, lacking a positive self image can harm your health, too. We’re less likely to take care of anything that we don’t value. And yes, that includes your own body.
So if you find that your self image is sabotaging your weight loss plan, it might help to get to the root of the problem. You can develop a more positive self image by…
Reminding yourself of the importance of health, rather than appearance. Yes, looking good can feel good. But if you’re following a weight loss plan, make it about your health.
Focus on realistic expectations. Supermodel Cindy Crawford once remarked that she didn’t even look like the images of her that were splashed across magazine covers. No one’s body matches up to the pixels on a computer screen – not even the original model! So set aside expectations of what you think you should look like, and focus on being the best version of yourself.
Value your body for what it can do. Have you become stronger through your strength training regimen? Have you developed endurance as you’ve added distance to your daily walks? What about how great yoga feels, or the enjoyment you gain from playing with your kids at the park? All of these things feel good, and they are accomplishments you’ve earned.
Work on other accomplishments. Aside from the physical, what else can you do? There are plenty of accomplishments in life that have nothing to do with your body.
Ask yourself what stories you’ve developed about different body shapes. Sometimes we imagine that with a different body shape, life would be so much better. But is that really true? How many truly happy people do you know? Odds are, you know a few, and they come in all different sizes and proportions.
Use discernment. Some activities will help you feel good about yourself, while others just bring you down. Unfollow social media pages that give you a negative vibe, seek more positive friendships, and stop spending time on activities that don’t support your goals.
And of course, remember that we’re always here to discuss any roadblocks you might be facing with your weight loss plan. Give us a call, and we will offer the support you need on your journey to better health – whatever size that might be.