Have you ever looked in the mirror and hated what you see? Have you ever nit picked and beat yourself up over different parts of your body you’ve decided you don’t like? I suspect most of us can say yes to this. 

Weight loss and body image go hand in hand, and managing your mind to find the love and appreciation for you body right now – whatever size you are – is integral to healing your relationship with yourself so that you can lose weight for the last time.

Sure, you can hate yourself thin but this doesn’t last. Have you ever lost weight and realised it wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns like you imagined it would be? Perhaps you even realised that you were still pretty damn unhappy even though you were skinnier. 

In this week’s podcast we discuss:

  • why loving your body is integral to losing the weight for the last time
  • what weight loss really gives you, and what it doesn’t
  • how you can start to uncover your compelling reason to lose weight, and see your thoughts that produce body hate for what they really are
  • how to decondition and replace the messages from main stream media about one type of stereotypical beauty

Taking it deeper

If you’d like to look into what’s happening around your thoughts about your body image, here are a few suggestions for you.

1) Understand your compelling reason to lose weight

Grab a journal and answer the following questions:

  • what are all the reasons why you want to lose weight?
  • what will change in your life as a result of being thinner?
  • what is available to you now? 
  • can you find a way to access or create this right now?

2) Diversify your exposure to different forms of beauty

What beauty can you expose yourself to so that you diversify the images you might consume from mainstream media? I chose a bunch of accounts on Instagram to follow which I find so inspiring. If you’re not sure where to start, check out this list on verywellmind.com.

3) Review your photos 

Go back to your old photos. Can you find love and appreciation in each one of those photos? Can you feel compassion or understanding for that version of yourself doing her very best given what she knew at the time? 

    What do you think?

    I’d love to hear from you – how do you manage your cravings? What has worked for you? And, how are you handling this isolation period right now? Post in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

    PS join the gorgeous community of women losing weight for the last time

    This week I opened the Ditch the Diet group weight loss programme which officially starts on 1 April. If you feel like you’re ready to lose weight for the last time amongst a group of supportive women who are sharing the journey, then come over to the weight loss coaching page to check out the programme. If you feel this might be right for you, the next step is to book a free call so we can discuss your goals and answer any questions you have. If you feel it’s the right support you need, then we can get you started there and then. I’m offering a special discount to the first 3 podcast listeners who join. I look forward to speaking to you soon! https://keridwilliams.com/weight-loss/

    Photo by kevin laminto on Unsplash