Why you need to go shopping...like, today.
OK, so you want to make some positive changes in your life. Maybe you're not happy with your body or your health isn't the greatest, and like millions of others you're looking for a solution.
When you're not feeling great about yourself, you probably have a pretty negative mindset. You might feel that you deserve to be uncomfortable or unhappy, because you haven't followed through on anything to improve yourself. So you're walking around all day feeling insecure, uncertain, and unhappy.
Do you think you can create your best life feeling like that? Probably not. You might start one desperate attempt after another to find a solution to your problems, but feeling crappy about yourself doesn't lead to progress.
How do you need to feel in order to get where you want to go? You have to be confident enough to believe you can achieve what you set out to do. You have to be optimistic enough to be able to see a bright future and stay focused on the end game. You have to be happy enough to feel great about your progress.
How do you feel when you're wearing something that doesn't fit well? Probably fat, first and foremost. And uncomfortable, self-conscious, and annoyed...does that sound familiar? Even something as small as a pokey bra keeps you distracted for the entire day. You have the double whammy of feeling self-conscious about how you look and feeling physically uncomfortable, which is a recipe for not-your-best-day.
Tight clothes remind you a thousand times a day that your body isn't the way you want it.
You probably think you don't deserve new clothes until you lose weight, right? Or you don't want to invest money in this body size and somehow make it legitimate. On the surface, that seems to make sense, but if you look a little closer, it doesn't.
You are not going transform your life by hating yourself enough.
Positive changes come from confidence and optimism. You've gotta love yourself enough to want the best for yourself. You need support and encouragement, and you need to feel happy and hopeful. Wearing ill-fitting clothes do not create any of those feelings.
When you are comfortable, you are free to think about more important things than the way your body looks. You are free to dream, and plan, and do things to make your life better. You are free to start having respect for yourself.
When you are comfortable, you just feel better, and when you feel better, you can do better.
So, go on and get shopping, girl. You have my permission to spend a little money and make your life better.
If you have an eating / body image / food-related question, send me an email and let me know! You might be the star of my next Q&A blog!