You can’t hate yourself thin.
To the contrary, if you want to succeed at losing weight and keeping it off, you must start with a positive body image and be compassionate towards yourself.
Maybe you’re thinking, “how can I feel positively about this body? If I felt positively about it, I wouldn’t want to lose weight.”
You can accept your body and feel positively about it, and still want to improve it.
Truth: losing weight doesn’t mean you’ll have a good body image. That’s because having a good body image is more about how you think than what you look like.
There are things about your body that you can’t control, no matter what you weigh.
But the one thing you CAN control is how you think about it.
Given a choice between changing your body and changing your body image, I encourage you to choose the latter to start with. Because once you change how you feel about your body, losing weight will actually be easier.
You have the power to change your body image and be compassionate with yourself now!
Listen to learn what self-compassion is, how to cultivate it, and how to accept and appreciate the body you have RIGHT NOW. Because without it, you won’t achieve permanent weight loss or more importantly, happiness.
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I hope I’m not posting this twice. I had some trouble posting previously. But this really resonates with me as my Initial thought. I really struggle with figuring out how to treat myself as I lose weight. Can’t wait to listen!
I know a few fat activists well and have had many conversations with them. Judgment is a big factor in body image. Although I have been fat and am no longer so, I completely get that not everyone has to lose weight for health. I do think, though, that being fat is often an indication that we are compensating for something missing in our lives. Not always. Sometimes it’s just that we love to eat. My Sicilian culture is food oriented and I do love to eat. I agree that we must love ourselves at any size.
You hit the nail on the head. We have to change how we think about our bodies and be kinder to ourselves. You can’t hate yourself thin. It’s so true. The issue is much deeper than just losing weight. I have been through two major surgeries and am in awe at how my body recovered. I have a new respect for it. Yes, I gained that Covid 10 and am having a much harder time getting it off than I had putting in on, but I will get there.