While many people lose weight in order to improve their health and live more active lives, just as many of us are motivated by hopes of improving their self image. People who are overweight, even those working steadily toward their weight loss goals, can be burdened by negative messages from others or from themselves. There is nothing wrong with us trying to look our best, yet it is important for us to learn to appreciate ourselves in our current shape.
As you continue on your weight loss journey, don’t miss opportunities to learn about yourself and build up your self-esteem.
- Focus on the positive. Significant weight loss won’t happen overnight, so don’t put yourself down if you don’t see results as quickly as you like. Instead, emphasize the small victories you experience along the way. Losing weight takes effort and discipline, and you should feel proud of the hard work you have been putting forth.
- Don’t be afraid to have fun while exercising. While working out is an integral part of losing weight, it can also serve as a chance to discover new activities you enjoy.
- Don’t compare yourself to media images. Concentrate on your own unique qualities rather than the perceptions delivered through magazines, movies and television.
- Surround yourself with supportive voices. Seek advice and encouragement from those who are close to you. It can be especially helpful to find friends who are working to lose weight as well.