How valuing yourself can help you lose weight

how valuing yourself can help you lose weight

How valuing yourself can help you lose weight

Let’s look at how valuing yourself and caring for yourself can help you lose weight (if that’s your goal). You can watch the video I made about this below or keep scrolling to read the full blog.

Have a think about what do you do to show yourself that you care and that you value yourself. Do you even do anything at all? Even the little everyday kind of things that we don’t often think about, all have an impact. Like brushing your teeth, drinking plenty of fluid or eating well.

The more you do to show yourself you value yourself – the more of an impact it has on how you feel.

Do the little things to start with, then build up from there, to show yourself you care about yourself. When you do that, you feel good so then you’re more likely to do more of the things that help you keep yourself healthy. You’re more likely to do more of the things that help you to feel better about yourself. It’s like a snowball effect.

Prioritise yourself – nobody else will do this for you.

It’s about really prioritising yourself. Take time out to not only do the things that you need to do, but also the things that you want to do as well. Give yourself ‘me time’, take the time to value your own interests and passions. This can be really hard if you’re a mum; a parent of small children, or maybe you’re a carer for elderly parents/relatives. Or you have lots of responsibilities or stressful work with long hours. It can be really hard to focus on yourself and prioritise yourself. Especially as women we’re taught to think about everybody else first, but you can’t pour from an empty cup! You need to look after yourself first, to be able to look after other people better.

Start small and take it one step at a time

Prioritise your needs, starting with making sure you’re doing all the little things. Then you can build on them and take it one step at a time, before you start to work on the harder things. The smaller the step you take to start with, the easier it will be to start. That first step is always the hardest. It can be really easy to get out of the habit of doing something, how could you take the first step back? Make it as easy as possible. Pick the smallest thing you could do that would help you feel better. Then build up to the next thing and then the next thing.

There’s no magic wand for overnight self-confidence and self esteem.

You have to take things step by step, starting small and building it up. As you build up gradually, you’ll feel more confident to tackle the bigger things. I’m talking about the things that are really causing you problems. Like ending that toxic relationship or standing up for yourself in a difficult work situation. Maybe you struggle with people who push food on you. Maybe you’re not following your dreams or there’s that hobby you’ve always wanted to try. There’s things you’d love to have a go at, but you’re too nervous or scared of trying something new. Maybe you don’t feel confident in yourself, but the more you build on doing things to value yourself, the more it helps build your self-esteem. With each step you take to tackle the tough stuff the more you build that belief in yourself and that’s what builds self confidence.

Anti-dieting is about loving yourself
I adore this poster created by Leonie Dawson, coloured in by me.

Self-confidence & feeling fulfilled impacts on your eating habits.

When you feel better about yourself and you can see your own value, you’re less likely to turn to food for comfort. You’re less likely to reward yourself with food or use food as a crutch. You’re more likely to feel able to stand up to people who push food on you. Also you’re more likely to reward yourself in non-food/alcohol ways. Plus you’re more likely to feel confident to tackle issues like binge eating too.

It all starts with making that decision to value yourself

Decide to see your own self worth; that you’re worth looking after. You’re worth doing those little things to look after yourself. Build up from there to tackle the bigger stuff causing you problems in your life. See your own self worth, regardless of your weight, your size or fitness level! Going on a diet or losing weight isn’t going to make you suddenly feel better about yourself. In fact going on a diet is more likely to make you feel worse.

What one little thing could you start with today to show yourself you care?

What could you do today, no matter how small? Something maybe you haven’t done in ages. Or something you know you ought to do to look after yourself. What’s that thing you could do to show yourself that you care about yourself? What could you do right now? It could be something small, like go and have a glass of water, because you haven’t had enough today. Or cancel that appointment or meeting with that person you don’t really like spending time with.

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My Weekly Round-up! AKA; what I’ve been up to recently…

  • Still off tea again this week, but I still love my morning coffee first thing!
  • Been doing a little better walking daily this week. Only managing short walks and a little bit of yoga too, but it all helps.
  • We managed another walk at the weekend for our family challenge ’23 Walks in 2023′. We went round Haughmond& Uffington. It was a lovely walk, but I found it so tough with my back and hips being really stiff after not walking much last week. Definitely took us longer than it probably should’ve taken to walk less than 3 miles!
  • I haven’t finished another book yet for my reading challenge ’23 New Books in 2023′. I keep being so tired I’m only reading a little bit at a time then I nod off to sleep! Pregnancy means I keep waking up loads in the night to change position with the ridiculous massive u-shaped pillow I have to prop myself up with to support my hips/bump. It’s preparation for sleepless nights with a newborn I guess!!!
  • Bird Nerd Report: There’s still loads of finches around – mainly goldfinches and greenfinches. On our walk at the weekend I’m sure I saw some redwings or fieldfares too – not time for them to head back north after the winter then. I also saw a jay this morning for the first time in ages – one of my faves!

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