The Missing Link to Keeping the Weight Off

iStock_Happy Woman (yellow scarf)_SmallHave you lost weight before, only to put it right back on within a few months or years?

Well you’re not alone.  Many “dieters” deal with the same issue, and even women like Oprah Winfrey and Kirsty Alley had it happen to them (and unfortunately in the spotlight too).

But there IS a way to make sure those pounds you worked so hard to lose don’t find you again.

Last year I worked with a client who dealt with that issue.  Over the years she lost weight, only to put it back on within a few months.

She knew how to eat right and exercise, and she surely had the willpower and the motivation.  But it it wasn’t until she had a big shift was she able to finally keep it off.

The Big Shift

Working together I found that she didn’t like her body very much.  She was constantly finding fault with it, and no matter how much weight she lost in the past, she still didn’t feel comfortable in her own skin.

Literally, her and her body did not get along.

Body Image is Key

I’ve had my own issues with body image and weight-loss.  More than I’d like to admit.   But I spent years working on myself, and am happy to say am at a much better place.

So I know how it feels not to be friends with your body.

Working with my client, I didn’t just tell her about what foods to eat.  I taught her how to treat her body with more love and respect, and start accepting her body for what it was and what it can do for her.

When she learned to accept and respect herself and her body, it was like a huge weight was lifted from her shoulders (literally) and only then was she able to drop the pounds and keep them off.

So what can you do?

HOW to Give Your Body Respect

Imagine you just bought an expensive item that you’ve wanted for a long time, but you worked hard to earn it.  Let’s say you just bought a brand new luxury Mercedes.

How would you treat it?

You’d treat it with care, right?  You’d carefully pull it out of your driveway, looking both ways as you pulled onto the street.  You wouldn’t run any red lights (not that you should!), and keep a safe distance behind the car in front of you.  At the supermarket you’d park it away from other cars and those shopping carts that can scratch it!  You’d fill it will premium gasoline, routinely get the oil checked, get it washed, and make sure the tires are filled with air.

I also bet you wouldn’t eat fast food in it, for fear of the lingering smell and ketchup stains all over the beautiful leather inside.  You probably wouldn’t even let your teenage daughter or son take it out on a Friday night!

Sound correct?  You’d treat it with care and respect.

Now let’s stay you had an older car that’s been around for a while it not in so good shape.  The outside is scratched and the paint is falling off, and it’s had a few fender-benders.  The seats inside have a few stains and the fabric is worn out. How would you treat that car?

You wouldn’t care where you parked it at the mall, you wouldn’t drive slow or be so careful changing lanes.  You wouldn’t check the oil and tires every 3,000 miles and put the lowest grade fuel inside.  Basically, you wouldn’t take care of it and neglect it at some level.

So when you truly care about something, you treat it with care.  So start treating your body like that new Mercedes and give it some respect.  And love it for what it does for you — and it will take you where you want to go.

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