The other day somebody turned to me for weight loss advice. They told me that being overweight was causing them social anxiety and they worried what people thought about them. So they were looking for help on how to get started on their weight loss journey.
Step one: stop worrying about what other people are thinking and focus on yourself.
If you’re trying to lose weight because you think other people want you to, you’re making it significantly harder for yourself.
If you decide to lose weight for YOU, not anybody else, then you’ll hold onto the motivation to keep working towards your goals.
Do you want to lose weight and think you’ll feel better overall if you do? Then THAT is the reason you should try. Not because you fear that Sally in accounting is judging you every time you walk past her. Sally’s stupid opinion means nothing.
When someone truly cares about you, they don’t care about your weight. You can be 30 pounds heavier or 20 pounds lighter and they will love you just the same. They’ll respect you for losing weight if you work hard at it and accomplish what you set out to do, but that doesn’t mean they’ll think less of you if you don’t.
And if somebody does judge you? Then that’s not someone you need in your life.
If you’re having a hard time getting started on your weight loss journey, there is a good chance you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. Do some reflecting and figure out why you truly want to lose weight.
This is your body. It’s your health. If you want to make a change, do it for you. Not for anyone else.
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