What if you were good enough just the way you are?
I meet so many women who struggle with their weight, who always seem to be on a diet, fighting those last few pounds. They’re unhappy, they’ve got low self-esteem, and they think that the only thing that can fix it is to drop the extra weight from their hips, belly, and thighs.
But what if we didn’t live that way? What if there was an alternative?
What if we decided that where we are is perfect, and we don’t have to change unless we want to?
Think about it: when you’re constantly at war with your body, you’re bound to be unhappy. Miserable, even. But imagine if you could know, with absolute certainty, that your body would always stay the same size and shape. That, regardless of effort, you’d look exactly the same.
Would you still ditch your friends to go to the gym? Would you still hide at home, feeling ashamed of your body? Would you still hate shopping, because nothing seems to fit right and we all know those clothes are only made for runway models, anyway?
Or would you decide to love yourself, completely and fully, exactly as you are right now.
We never know what we have until it’s gone. So many of my clients will tell me, “You know, I was thinner as a kid, but when I think back to that time, I was totally uncomfortable in my own skin. I felt so fat. I wish I knew then just how beautiful I was, how lucky I was to have that body.” And while you’re hating your body now, I can guarantee that there’s a future you out there thinking the exact same thing: I wish I would’ve appreciated my body the way it was.
So, let’s ditch the self-loathing, shall we? Body confidence, body positivity, and body acceptance are all the rage now.
Time to jump on the bandwagon, ladies.
I mean, what’ve you got to lose, really? Except maybe all the unhappiness, the killer workouts at the gym (literally), and that terrible diet you’ve been clinging to with hopes that this will “finally be the one”.
You know what’s really awesome about this concept, too, though? As soon as you start accepting yourself, you relax, which actually promotes weight loss, since so many of us eat away our stress, not to mention that stress hormones cause increased belly fat storage.
And then you start to love yourself, which leads to tuning into your body, listening to what it wants, and taking better care of yourself. Resulting in – wouldn’t ya know it?! – WEIGHT LOSS.
I know, it’s radical and crazy, so let me present a fourth, but by no means final, benefit, just to further my case here: the reason the diets you’ve tried haven’t worked so far is because you’ve been trying too hard. Yup, I said trying too hard.
When we do super-fast cardio at the gym to burn calories and fat? Our bodies are actually going into fat storage mode. (Slower workouts are better for fat burning).
When we diet and hold ourselves to strict “do not eat” lists? We crave those foods and then binge on them. And when we fall off the wagon? We beat ourselves up for our “failure”, which usually leads to some pretty hefty emotional eating.
Alright, I’ve made a pretty strong case here, I think. Now, the only thing left for you to do is choose, so what’s it gonna be? Perpetual body shaming and unhappiness, or self-love, joy, and FREEDOM (finally).
Guest Post by Shannon Lagasse.
Bio: Shannon Lagasse, certified holistic health coach and emotional eating expert, teaches women struggling with low self-esteem and an unhealthy relationship with food how to love themselves, create their ideal body, and live a fantastically awesome life. By coming from a focus on pleasure and getting to the heart of their issues, Shannon’s clients are empowered to find freedom from food fears and fulfill their deepest desires. To learn more about working with Shannon, grab your complimentary Food Freedom Kit, and to receive her inspirational weekly articles on natural ways to get the body and life you want, visit her website: www.HungerforHappiness.com.