How to Prioritize Yourself
Everything about weight loss is about you, your past, your present, and your future. Weight loss can only be achieved through self care, self regulation, and self acceptance. When starting your weight loss journey make a pros and cons list of of how it will effect your life, and here is an example;
Cons: No more excessive drinking or partying, no more Friday night binge parties, I have to change my families habits as well as mine so I am not derailed, I have to accept I will lose some of my friends (maybe even my closest ones).
Pros: Without constantly eating and thinking about food I will: be able to do the things I love like writing my book or learning new skills.
Cons: I will be bored, what if I can’t find something as fun and satisfying as food?
Pros: With my weight loss journey I will be able to feel good about myself, I can have fun without worrying about the judgment of others, I will feel comfortable in my own skin, I will be proud of the way I look.
Cons: I will have to learn new coping skills, I will have to deal with the emotions I have avoided for so long, how will I feel comforted? How will I feel full? How will I be able to change the way I have been for the longest time?
Creating a pros and cons list can be incredibly helpful, it can help you think about the situations and moments in your weight loss journey that you never thought would hinder your success. As well, a pros and cons list can be helpful in determining if you really want to lose weight. If your entire life revolves around your friends, eating at work, drinking, movie nights and popcorn, these reasons may sound ridiculous now but changing these habits that have been put in place for years can feel nearly impossible to change.
It is important to be able to base the pros and cons list of your weight loss journey not only on the results but also on the actual happenings of the journey. Make a pros list such as, feeling successful in actually starting, feeling accomplished at the loss of every pound, the sense of achievement when you have gone out for a coffee with your friend and actually stuck to the diet. This is important to do because this will allow you to understand and accept the hardships that come with weight loss but also the achievements and success that come with it on the way to your ultimate goal.
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