I have to admit, I’ve dieted over and over again in my life. Every time I started a new diet, I would tell myself that this time it would work, that I would finally be able to lose weight and keep it off. But then, as soon as the number on the scale didn’t budge, my internal bully would start to whisper in my ear. It would tell me that it was too hard, that I would never be able to lose weight, and that I might as well give up.
Focusing on What I Could Feel and Do
It was a vicious cycle. I would start a new diet, get excited about the possibilities, and then eventually give up because I couldn’t see any progress. But then something shifted. Instead of focusing on the number on the scale, I started focusing on what I could feel and do.
For example, I started doing my own grocery shopping again after years of having someone else do it for me. I was able to walk around the store without getting winded, and it felt amazing. I also started fitting into restaurant booths again, and I could finally wrap a towel around my body with the ends of the towel ends touched. These were things that I knew had changed, even if the number on the scale hadn’t budged.
And you know what? I’m happy to keep eating the way I am eating to continue experiencing these things. I’m no longer concerned about the number on the scale or meeting any expectations that someone else has set for me. I’m focusing on the things that are improving, and that has made all the difference.
If you’re struggling with your body image and feeling discouraged by the numbers on the scale, I encourage you to shift your focus. Look for the things that are improving in your life, whether it’s being able to walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded or fitting into a favorite outfit again. Celebrate these victories and use them as motivation to keep going.
And if you would like someone to help keep you on track and looking at the things that are improving, I’m here to help. Book a call with me and let’s work together to shift your mindset and find the joy in the journey.