So often, when we look at ourselves in the mirror, we see only what we don’t like. When I first began my journey with wellness, it was more out of disgust than anything. I would look at myself in the mirror and think, “Look at that double chin, and that big, flabby stomach. I need to fix my body so I can be happy with myself.” Once I began working with my trainer, Steve, he taught me that I would see more success by practicing gratitude for weight loss and being thankful for the progress I make each day.
“I can see clear when I’m looking in the mirror, saying God made me just right! I love me, I love me.” ~Meghan Trainor
Focus on What You Like About Yourself
At first, I was hesitant, feeling that my anger had been a tool used to work out harder and resist junk foods. But, I gave it a try anyway.
I began making a point of spending time (honestly probably about 20 seconds) each day looking at myself in the mirror and focusing on what I did like.
During this time, I focused on areas where I had seen improvements since working towards physical fitness (my legs), and on areas that I had liked all along (my hair).
Practicing Gratitude for Weight Loss By Showing Your Body You Care for It
As usual, Steve was right! By focusing on the positives, I found that I was beginning each day feeling more confident.
By practicing gratitude for weight loss and allowing myself to feel grateful for this body that I am in, I found myself feeling happy about making healthy choices to care for it.
This was a nice change of pace from feeling that each choice I made should be a punishment for my past choices.
Listen to Positive Music
Later, I came across the song “I Love Me” by Meghan Trainor. Now, I like to listen to it just about every morning as I begin my day. It’s a fun and joyous reminder of how important it is to care for myself.
Practice Every Day
With Thanksgiving tomorrow, now is a wonderful time to begin practicing gratitude for weight loss daily. In fact, it’s a wonderful time simply to begin practicing general daily gratitude. Be thankful for your loved ones. Be thankful for the possessions you have.
Above all of these, remember to be thankful for yourself.
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