The most difficult aspect of this journey so far has been giving up my distorted view of my body. I discovered a few years ago, when weight loss television shows like “The Biggest Loser” became popular, that how I think I look and how I really look are often quite different.
When I’d watch weight loss programs, I’d look at the people at the beginning of their weight loss effort and think, “Yep, I look like that.” Then they’d reveal their weight and I’d be confused. How could they possibly weight 100 pounds more than me?
“Well, I’m short (5′ 1″) so that must be why they weigh more. I know that’s what I look like,” I’d think.
In the past, this distorted view caused me to be extremely critical of my body, which only led to more angst and an increasing level of self-hatred.
This time around, I’ve made seeing my body as it truly is and self-love priorities. I am looking at my before picture often and seeing myself as I am. I’m also reminding myself frequently how fortunate I am that I was given a healthy body in which to live my life on earth and that if I don’t love myself, I won’t take good care of it. (And if I don’t take care of my body, what am I going to ride around in while I live on this lovely planet?)
On this journey, I’ve discovered that the more I focus on loving myself and living my best life – which is what this “Dropping 40″ effort is about – the more I realize how important taking care of me really is. (I found a great article on how to love yourself here - How to Love Yourself in 17 Ways -that includes several of the things I’ve been doing since I started this blog.)
So far, so good.
WEIGHT LOSS UPDATE:
I saw a number on the scale this weekend that I’ve not seen in quite a while. While I’ve not lost much – yet – the number on the scale is slowly creeping down, based on the slight changes I’ve made so far. Here’s a quick recap of what I’m doing:
- Lots more water and iced green tea
- No snacks between meals, except almonds, fruits or veggies
- Less bread
- Smaller portions
- Healthier choices in restaurants
In order to meet my goal, I’m going to have to get back into exercising, though since I recently sustained an injury in a major muscle in my hind end, I’m still recovering. This week, I’ll start with some yoga and walking, along with my physical therapy stretches.
What about you? How’s your effort at transformation going so far? What’s working? What’s not?