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We often hear clients say that once their weight loss plan is successful, they expect their self image will improve. But why wait? We know two things about self image and weight loss:

  • Holding negative views about yourself often undermines goals, making it harder to achieve them
  • We actually become more aligned with the way we view ourselves, so a positive self image actually leads to increased success

In other words, don’t limit yourself with the belief that a weight loss plan will change your self image. Instead, adjust your self image to be more in line with the goals you want to achieve!

Of course, we know that this is easier said than done. Self image requires work, and it doesn’t change overnight. But you can begin boosting your confidence by following these three rules:

Indulge in thoughts that work for you. Since our actions often fall in line with our views, change the way you think about yourself. Eliminate negative thoughts, and adjust your self talk to include phrases like…

  • I’m discovering the types of exercise I enjoy
  • I’m already in better shape than last week
  • I’m learning to cook new, healthy dishes
  • I feel healthy today

It might feel corny at first, but keep at it. Soon, positive self talk will become second nature.

Say things to yourself that are accurate, compassionate, and helpful. Most people do not “always” or “never” do things, so eliminate those words from your vocabulary when thinking about yourself and your actions. Assess your statements to determine whether they are truthful, and then reframe criticisms into compassionate and helpful remarks. Instead of focusing on missteps, remind yourself you can do better tomorrow. Seek to identify solutions rather than perseverating on problems.

Don’t say things to yourself that you wouldn’t say to a friend. If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, then it’s probably not a kind or productive thought. So why direct it at yourself? Treat yourself with the same consideration you give others.

If you experience difficulty letting go of perceived mistakes or weaknesses, let’s talk about those at your next appointment. We can assess any problems you’re experiencing with your weight loss plan, and help you redirect toward a more positive and helpful mindset.