Friday, 3 July 2015

Need to Loose Weight? Love yourself first, Want a great Relationship? Love yourself first...

Are you like me and need to loose a few pounds?  (Ok, in my case more than a few!) Or perhaps you are wishing to have a great relationship, perfect job, wonderful house, what ever it happens to be if it has not been happening for you then look within... Look at whether you love yourself...

I am not talking of the "Oh my, aren't I wonderful", or the "I can do anything and everything" (whilst feeling that secretly you can't).  No, I am not coming from the I need to prove something I am coming from the loving acceptance that you love who you are right now, perceived faults and all.

I have been needing to lose weight for awhile and every time I have got to the that's it moment, I seem to have gained weight and not lost it.

Has this happened to you?  Then maybe like me you have just not been loving yourself first?  There is an amazing resource on this by Louise Hay in "You Can Heal Your Life".  I realised when reading this book that I always put myself last, put myself down, and I had avoided mirrors for a number of years.  Not that long ago when I was already really feeling as though I needed to make a change I started to run a make up company in the hope that it would bring me out of the rut of how I felt about myself and I would feel more beautiful... Now, I can understand how backwards this was and also why it did not work.

After all trying to feel good on the outside was not making me feel good on the inside.  I needed to feel good on the inside and then I would feel good on the outside.  This would then provide the encouragement and motivation to lovingly do something about the weight loss.  You see when you truly love who you are a shift in energy and perception happens, you no longer feel as though you cannot go out in public, or that you should not wear... or that you would rather avoid group situations through embarrassment of self, instead you embrace them.

You embrace the outdoors for all the fresh air and clarity of mind it brings with the added bonus of healthy exercise.  You no longer feel as though "you are not fit enough to attend ..... class"  or that "you are not worthy enough to.... fill in the blank"  You accept that you are amazing, that your health is benefiting from this change in consciousness and that your body is already benefiting from this change.

Louise is super hot on Mirror work and I can completely understand why.  By really looking yourself in the mirror and loving yourself, you are profoundly accepting you, how beautiful you are, how amazing you are, how amazing your skin is, your hair is etc...

If you have been locked in a perpetual cycle of self-criticism, self-doubt and self-loathing then this will take practice and patience.  There are two ways that are really effective for this.  Firstly look at yourself as a child, after all would you tell your child-self that you are ugly, fat, worthless etc.... for the majority of us this would be a resounding NO and rightly so, I am not sure where the tables flip and we think it is Okay for us to do this to ourselves as adults but I digress.  Look at your child-self in the mirror and say affirmations like "I love you, I love my smile, I love how my hair shines, I love the sparkle in my eyes and anytime your focus switches to the negative breathe and let that go and focus on the positives.

The second method is just purely focus on the good things about you and increase those everyday.  I love my skin, I love that I am ageing gracefully, I love how my body is healthy and happy.  I love how I am taking care of myself etc... etc... there are many affirmations in Louise's book which are wonderful and very helpful.

I noticed that when I first started this that I had so much self-destruction that before, had been going on un-noticed, it had clearly been happening so much that it was a habit.  Not only that but I would constantly be thinking of how fat I was, especially if I caught my reflection.... So, if I am constantly being self-destructive AND concentrating on being fat, ummmm hello, it is no wonder the pounds continued to pile on!

A shift in Thought's and Feelings

Now, there is one really significant point to make and this goes for any change you wish to make, whether it be weight loss, landing the perfect job, beginning a new relationship that compliments you, you need to not just change your thoughts you need to change how you feel and you need to be consistent.  For example if I was to be looking in the mirror and I start with Traci, I love you and in my head I feel puh, what is there to love about you... then clearly I am not aligned and all the words in the world are not going to help!  You need to feel the love.  Are you as critical of others as you are yourself?  I would think not.  Show yourself some love, some compassion and really feel it, once you start and consistently do this day after day after day it then forms a new habit, one that instead of working against you is working FOR YOU.

I for one am fully embracing this change and I have noticed a markable difference in my demeanour, my body and my mental self.  Now, we do also need to be sensible and recognise that you are unlikely to drop a few stone overnight!  However, you will see a difference but the difference you first see will not be your size, it will be the outer glow that you now have ;-)

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