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Gaining Self-Esteem by Losing Weight

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Rita Jonson has some helpful advice regarding weight loss and self-esteem. 

Being overweight can do a lot of damage to your self-esteem. You might have to deal with rude comments from others, difficulty finding clothes that fit right and a very negative self-image. If you’re tired of feeling bad about yourself, losing the extra pounds can boost your self-confidence and keep you healthy. Reaching this goal involves making a commitment that can be difficult to stick to at times, but there are ways to make this challenge easier to achieve.

1. Shift Your Mindset

If you tend to criticize yourself for being overweight, you will need to silence your inner critic. When you start thinking negative thoughts, turn them into positive ones. Instead of believing that you can’t stick to a diet or exercise routine, tell yourself that you do have what it takes to accomplish this. It also helps to form a mental image of yourself successfully working out and eating right. Don’t let negative images or thoughts take up residence in your mind. Fill it with positive ones that support your goal.

2. Focus on the Future

Visualize how you will look once you’ve lost weight. Imagine how much easier it will be to find clothes and be around other people without feeling awkward or self-conscious. Hold these images in your mind as you work toward your goal, especially when you find yourself losing motivation. Imagining what you consider a more ideal image of your body can give your self-esteem the temporary boost you need to keep you going.

3. Seek Support From Others

Surround yourself with social support from relatives and friends who can give you encouragement and positive feedback. If you find yourself sliding back into old habits, talk to one of these people instead of keeping your thoughts to yourself. They can help you feel motivated again and confident about reaching your goal. They will also be there to compliment you for every little weight loss success you achieve on the way.

4. Reward Yourself

Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to reward yourself. Give yourself little treats each time you drop a certain amount of weight. This will improve your self-esteem and give you something to look forward to as you work your way up to your ultimate weight loss goal. Congratulate yourself by going to a movie, having a tiny piece of chocolate or spending a day relaxing at a spa or curling up with a book.

5. Track Your Success

If you need some extra encouragement while trying to lose weight, make a chart or keep a journal that tracks your success. This will give you a visual measure of how well you’re doing, which will make you feel better about yourself and what you’ve accomplished so far. It will also make it easier for you to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. If you’re having trouble doing this, just glance at the chart or flip through your journal to remind yourself of how successful you’ve been.

As you lose weight, you’ll find your self-esteem gradually improving. Your overall self-image will also become more positive as you get closer to reaching your targeted weight. Don’t let minor or even major setbacks discourage you. Focus on your goal and how much better you’ll feel physically and emotionally once you reach it.

 

About the Author

Rita Jonson is a freelance blogger for accessrx.com where you can order medications online. To learn more you can visit the Accessrx Site or their Accessrx Facebook page.

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