There has to be better ways to think about your health besides your weight.
With all the different factors that influence your weight each day, it’s not a very good way to measure your health.
So why do we obsess over weight loss all the time?
Our culture focuses so much on losing weight, we need to actively fight against this idea that weight = health.
Especially when you have a thinner body, obsessing over a few pounds can really drive you crazy.
Which is why I’m so happy to welcome Kelly Morgan onto the show.
She’s the owner of Tsirona, where she’s a health coach for busy, high achieving women who have put their health on the back burner while kicking butt in the rest of their lives.
Kelly believes your health should be easy, and I completely agree.
As perfectionists, it’s natural to see your body weight as a problem that needs solving.
And, man, we’re good at solving problems – aren’t we?
Kelly’s eating disorder was born out of being a perfectionist and seeing that her body was no longer “perfect”.
So she decided to control what she ate to solve her weight problem.
It’s important to be aware of why we feel our body’s weight is a problem to begin with.
She was comparing herself to very young girls, so she had an unrealistic expectation for her body from the start.
Everything she did was measured and precise, worried about what would happen if she stopped restricting herself.
Instead of seeing your body as a problem, what if you saw it as a gift that helps you live your life?
It’s totally okay to have a goal to change the way your body looks.
However, when you’re setting goals for yourself, please start with why you want the change.
Most of the time, the reason you want to lose weight is because you believe you’re not worthy of feeling good until you look a certain way.
If you don’t have a really good reason to lose weight or change how you look, then it’s probably not a good idea.
There are better ways to think about your health than just the way you look or what you weigh.
Think about how you fit into your clothes, how much energy you have, and what your body is capable of doing.
When you focus on the things your body does for you, you’re more likely to take care of yourself.
If you move as much as you can, eat pretty healthy, and manage your stress, your body is going to find its way.
Don’t make it so hard.
The diet industry is everywhere, so you have to be aware of those messages and try not to internalize them.
When you see commercials about weight loss or exercise, mute them or turn off the TV.
Even if you’re not actively listening, they sink into your subconscious and slowly change how you see yourself.
Being aware of your own thoughts about your body helps you realize when they start changing.
You can write down all the beliefs you have right now about your health and weight.
Then check in with yourself every few days or weeks to see if things are changing.
Remember, your weight is the result of everything else in your life.
Your body knows how to take care of itself, so don’t over complicate it.
Rebekah Buege is a body confidence coach helping strong women process critical thoughts and heal insecurities.
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