Updated: Oct 26, 2020
When you think of a smaller version of yourself, do you visualize a completely changed person? Do you see yourself hitting new social, career and personal heights… ones you never thought possible? Is losing those pounds going to change your life forever?
If so, maybe it’s worth thinking about how realistic your expectations are.
You are you, regardless of how much you weigh. If you are funny, you’ll still be funny after your weight changes. If you are shy, you’ll still be shy after you achieve your weight goals. If you are unhappy in a relationship, losing weight won’t change that. If you are dissatisfied with how your boss treats you, losing weight won’t change that. It is important to have realistic expectations for the ways your life will change, or not change, after weight loss.
You are a work in progress, with real, human challenges to face, just like everyone else, and that will always be the case. Losing weight or gaining it for that matter won’t change any of that, and it is important to accept it.
Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is something worth attaining, but so is personal growth and self acceptance. Ironically, the more you work on creating a positive and accepting relationship with yourself, the easier it will be to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.