For most of my life, I have been pretty thin. In my twenties and thirties, I wore sizes like 6’s and 8’s. In my forties, however, I developed Hashimoto’s Disease, a thyroid disorder and since then, weight has been an issue for me. No matter what I do, I cannot seem to lose any weight. Although I am not hugely overweight, the extra pounds don’t feel comfortable, and I feel unattractive and embarrassed.
It’s not even just the extra weight; it’s the feeling that I am fighting my own body; that we are not on the same page and don’t want the same things. This conflict produces feelings of anxiety, guilt, shame and then resentment towards my poor body which has done nothing wrong.
When you eat as little as I do and can’t seem to lose even one pound, frustration builds, and then discouragement takes root, and you start to feel hopeless.
A Change in Thinking
A few weeks ago, I told my energy coach I was writing a vision statement to lose weight. I had reached the end of my rope and had already tried everything else and failed. She immediately said, “well….instead of writing a vision statement on losing weight, why don’t you write one on learning to love your body.” At first, I was a little surprised, but then I saw the validity and magic in that. How can my body ever lose weight while feeling my constant hate and disappointment? It was worth a shot!
So I re-wrote my vision statement on loving my body again and I made it sincere and precise. I read it every day, and every night. I pray to God/The Universe to help me love my body “as is” right now, not when I lose a few pounds and not when I look younger, skinnier, healthier, but now as it is. Then I take the time to talk nicely to my body and tell it how much I love it. I rub my arms and legs soothingly when I have an ache or pain as I would with my daughter or a friend.
I am pleasantly surprised and delighted to share that since writing my vision statement and “working it” every day for two weeks, I have already lost seven pounds! For the past ten years, I have stayed the same weight regardless of dieting or exercise. Now without doing anything extra and eating a tiny bit of ice cream at night, I still lost seven pounds!
I feel great. My body feels great, I feel stronger, lighter and I know I am continuing to lose more weight healthily. I feel that my body and I are in-sync now working together to achieve the same goals.
Just by changing my thinking about my body, not trying to FORCE it to do something or being angry at it for not doing what I want, I have altered my ability to lose weight quickly and still eat the foods I enjoy.
Another miracle and proof of the incredible power our minds hold if we learn how to use it in a loving, productive way and trust in our higher self to guide us towards success.