“Self Love On A Weight Loss Journey – 10 Affirmations I Swear By” – Monica May
It’s so easy to forget about you, when you’re on a weight loss journey.
Especially as a beginner into fitness and weight loss, I was always in for the wrong reasons:
“I hate my body.
I want to look like her.
I am afraid to step on the scale.
Why am I destined with this body?
Can I ever change it?
When will the gap in my hips disappear?”
Should I go on?
These things are planted in our minds from day one, and that’s probably the reason why we all start on our journeys to lose weight.
As much as my reasons changed since I first started, I still to this day find myself looking in the mirror and searching for flaws and imperfections I can’t do anything about.
And it took me years of practicing self love and self acceptance to finally get to a point where I am on a journey, not because I hate my body, but because I love it.
It took me years to kick those discussing beauty standards out of my head, and start appreciating every bit of me.
And today, I’m sharing them with you.
These are my 10 affirmations that are always getting me back to where I need to be in terms of mindset.
And please, don’t mind me and my story, because today, these affirmations are all about you.
I want to show you and help you realize how incredible you are, how powerful, how strong.
I’m so glad you’re here and I’m so grateful we’re in this together.
Without further ado, let’s jump right into them.
Self Love On A Weight Loss Journey
10 Affirmations I Swear By
Oh no you are not!
I know it’s hard not to make your life all about weight loss, especially when you’re starting off on a weight loss journey.
However, don’t let it define you.
There is so much more in your beautiful life than your weight loss journey.
For most of us it’s an important part of life, however, never let it overcome you.
You are so much more than your weight loss journey, babe – Always remember that!
Which brings me to the next one…
Nor does your pant size.
They are just numbers, and they don’t tell your story, not even a bit part of it.
Beautiful, loving, strong and smart can’t be measured on any scale.
Which brings me to the next one…
I’ve gained and lost weight throughout the years.
And that’s ok.
There’s was a time when these kind of changes would have gave me anxiety.
I used to think about my weight as a mirror to my work and my worth, when I couldn’t have been more far from the truth.
And on the other hand self love isn’t about feeling amazing and beautiful and full of life every single moment of your life.
Instead it’s knowing that who you ARE doesn’t CHANGE even if your body does.
It’s so easy to let your mind take over and put you in a position where all you see are just flaws.
But that’s just your mind bulling.
Think about it this way: Would you say those things to another human being?
Not to mention saying them to someone who matters to you.
And yet you pour them over yourself like it doesn’t matter.
Just stop, pretty girl.
The way you talk to yourself matters.
And the way you think of yourself matters even more, which brings me to the next one…
Hating certain parts of your body just because they are not “perfect” – does this sound familiar?
I’ve always sort of had a bit of toxic relationship with my thighs.
I have lots of stretchmarks and I always wished they just vanish away.
Every time I looked in the mirror all I could see were those stupid stretchmarks.
No matter if I posed, no matter if I was in my fittest or my skinniest days, all I could see was scars.
Until I started doing HIIT.
Now I appreciate my legs so much, and not necessarily for how they look, but for what they can DO.
They carry me around all day every day, they allow me to jump, they allow me to hike, they allow me to squat with 50+ kg.
And all that put aside, my legs carry me everywhere, they allow me to travel and experience all the beauty in this world.
They help me stay active and achieve most of my goals, and I am grateful of how strong they are.
And those stretchmarks? Proudly wearing them – those are just my battle scars, baby :)
In addition, here’s another one…
I’m sorry if they ever made you think, even for a single second, that you are ‘flawed’.
I’m sorry if they ever made you feel that you need to be a certain way in order to be beautiful.
Because darling, they are wrong. They are so wrong.
Those lines on your skin, those wrinkles around your eyes, those dips in your hips, and those folds that come out on your tummy whenever you sit down – they are natural, they are normal, they are beautiful.
You don’t need to flatten those, babe, they are not flaws at all.
They are a work of nature.
And from here, we should also not forget this next one…
You don’t know their story.
You don’t know what they’ve been through.
You don’t know if they look like that all the time, if that’s just posing, or it’s photoshop, or it’s a filter.
A one side snapshot is all we get from a 2d picture.
No one is posting their bad sides on Instagram.
No one is posting their failures on Instagram.
Just keep this in mind and never ever compare your beautiful self to someone else.
Not the number on the scale, not your pant size number, not your bra number, not your age.
Those are just numbers.
They don’t mean anything at all.
I haven’t stepped on a scale in years, and I don’t plan on stepping on one anytime soon because the number I see doesn’t mean anything to me.
I haven’t measured myself in years, and that was something I was doing every single month back in the days when I was starting with fitness.
Being ashamed of those numbers is something I will never put myself through.
You shouldn’t either, babe.
And even if weighing on a scale is something you do regularly, that’s totally fine… Just try not to let it get you.
Don’t chase some goal weight the internet had set.
Your body is not mine.
My shape is not yours.
Any numbers we can rattle off, have nothing to do with our worth, our value, or our purpose here on earth.
We are so much more than any of that.
And our bra sizes, body types and scale numbers are just a pale in comparison to the sheer force of our perfectly imperfect souls.
Of course you can.
This is actually one of the latest issues I had to deal with:
How can I possibly promote self love and self acceptance and still work on myself, and try to better myself every day?!
I was struggling to accept myself as a fitness and healthy food enthusiast, because I knew why I started this journey.
However, years have passed and those reasons have faded away.
Today I work out not because I hate my body, but because I love it, and it’s something that makes me feel more alive.
Today, I am amazed of what my body can do, and I am constantly motivated to push it even more and see what happens.
Today I eat healthy not because I want to get skinny, but because I want to be healthy and take care of myself.
I feel better when I eat healthy food, but I will have a pizza every now and then and I don’t beat myself over it.
I am still a work in progress, but that doesn’t mean I hate myself – It means I care about myself.
So much more, darling.
You are a soul.
You are a force, you are a power.
You are fierce, strong and fabulous.
You are kind, loving, and caring.
You have so much to give to this world.
You are so much more than that picture you see when you look in the mirror.
Your energy is moving mountains.
You are not a body. You are you, and that’s your superpower.
Always remember that!
Now Let’s Spread Self Love
I really hope I helped you practice some self love and change your mindset, at least just a bit.
Give your mind, body and heart a little bit of love today.
Treat your BODY with KINDNESS and know that YOU are AMAZING.
You absolutely are.
Share your favorite self love affirmations with your friends and people who need to hear this.
I hope this helps!
Till next time,