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Friday, March 18, 2011

Getting My Body Back Friday - 4 Keys to Overcome a Negative Self-image Because of Excess Weight

A negative self-image does not add points to weight loss. As a matter of fact it prevents you from losing weight and adds more stress to your body. This is very counter-productive to what you're trying to achieve. 

To encourage a healthy weight having a positive self-image will make the journey more pleasurable. As you look at yourself in the mirror, no matter what you look like, you can still appreciate who you see in spite of the outward packaging.

Here are 4 keys you can use to overcome a negative self-image due to excess weight

Key #1 - Remember your true nature

You are love and you are light. Your light becomes dim when you allow a negative image of yourself to take over your perception of who you are. Your outward image will send a negative message to your body and you will manifest negative results. Beauty resides inside of you and you must first embrace this inner beauty in order for it to be expressed outwardly. 

Key #2 - Love every inch of you

Now this may be a tough one especially when you look at the folds on your body. I know how it feels. But if you shift your perspective and begin to love yourself, body and all as it is right now, you'll begin to feel better about yourself. You'll be sending more positive vibrations to your body and you'll be loving and nurturing your body in return instead of abusing it with the destructive energy of self-criticism. 

Key #3 - Express gratitude and disown the negative image

Appreciate your body. Start with one part and continue to work through the process to the others, even those folds. You cannot be expressing gratitude to your body and having a negative self-image at the same time. 

Bitter and sweet just does not go together at this point. You'll either be appreciative or you'll be criticizing but not both in the same mind frame. Release the negative image of 'I'm ugly' and accept the 'I'm beautiful' image as you are thankful to your body for allowing you the privilege of waking up this morning. 

Key #4 - Take care of your body

If you truly care for someone as you nurture them back to health you would not be hurting them. You would do all you can do to help them. You would not stand by and allow others to hurt them either. You would defend them. 

Take care of your body, nurture it, give it what it needs to live an energized life. Give it more joy, more love, more of the nurturing foods it needs for optimum health and exercise to keep it functioning up to par. As you wouldn't allow someone to hurt your loved one, don't allow the negative comments or viewpoints of others to damage your self-image. 


2 comments:

  1. That was a great post, Alicia. It's so true that if we were helping someone return to good health, we would not be hurting them. Same with our bodies. Luckily, I read the post right after I returned from 50 minutes of swimming in a local indoor pool! Felt great. Sincerely, Susan

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  2. That's great Susan. Keep pressing forward.

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