As promised we are building upon the last blog I put out on creating a healthy relationship with food and loving relationship with your body this week.
The tenth tip I gave was to love and accept your body as it is today.
How many of you had fear present itself when I said this?
One of the common fears around loving your body as it is today is that you will spiral out of control with your weight.
This is a very common and natural misconception, Let me tell you why.
When you decide to love yourself and your body it will be easier to make decisions that reflect love and health. When we love something or someone we want what is best for them. I don’t let my daughter eat ice cream all day because I love her so much.
Now the keyword is easier. You want to make healthy decisions for yourself to be easy and not riddled with sheer determination, full focus, obsession and failing.
Often what we resist, persists. When you create resistance within, meaning when you tell your body it’s not good enough and you’re not allowed to have something, guess what, that’s what you are going to want. This approach sets us up for self-sabotage and binge eating.
A lot of what I teach as a coach is counter-intuitive. The definition of counter-intuitive reads, contrary to intuition or to common-sense expectation (but often nevertheless true): which means that what you believe is the right approach may be giving you the results you don’t want in your life.
If you are a harsh critic of your body and your body does not look or feel how you want it to, what’s the harm with trying something different?
If you’re already where you don’t want to be, what do you have to lose.
What if you loved your body the way you love other people?
Challenge time: Write down what choices you would make about food and exercise if you loved your body today?