Sometimes it’s easier to see ourselves from someone else’s viewpoint. Other people usually recognize our strengths and positive attributes when we can’t see them for ourselves. To help us see our own strengths and perceived shortcomings we only have to look at our reactions to someone else.
Does the thought of “dieting” until you hit your goal, and then maintaining that goal weight FOREVER feel HUGE and overwhelming? We tend to think that if we are working on changing our body size, we will NEVER be able to eat some foods again. I’m here to tell you that’s just not true. During the year I lost 50 pounds, I had pizza - big, greasy, restaurant take-out pizza - nearly once a week, because my husband just wouldn’t live without it and I couldn’t have it in the house and not eat it.
We want to be aware of the judgments we make on a regular basis. Part of reinforcing our positives is taking the judgment not only off ourselves, but off the inanimate objects around us, such as food. There is nothing intrinsically good or bad in food. What we eat is always our choice. And like any other choice we make, there are consequences and responsibilities that come with our choices of food. But to say “I can’t eat cake because it’s a bad food” is wrong on a couple of levels. You certainly can eat cake. It’s always your choice.
Imagine you are sitting on the floor watching an adorable baby trying to pull herself up and stand on her own. When she can’t quite do it and falls back down you look at her and say, “You stupid baby! You’ll never learn to stand up on your own. You don’t want it enough and don’t have the will-power to keep trying!”
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