Sometimes being overweight means we might tend to “let ourselves go.”  It is as if there is a switch inside us that gets turned off and we develop this “Why bother?” attitude.

Often when we look in the mirror and see how we look, it can seem hopeless.  Why bother with a beautiful haircut when we are so overweight underneath the haircut?  Why bother searching high and low for plus-sized clothes that look good when it is a near-impossible task? 

One thing I’ve learned is that no matter how much weight we have to lose, it is VERY important to take care of ourselves.  We really need to get the best hairstyle, color and cut possible.  Maybe take the time to put a little makeup on, even if it is only mascara.  So what if everything we own is black because we know it is more slimming than anything else?  Add some color through jewelry or scarves.  Really feel better wearing all black?  Get the classiest outfits possible.

        

        

Before giving up on colorful clothing, look to the “slinky material” that can be forgiving.  Try Vikki V sold at www.plusbydesign.com (http://www.vikkivi.com/testimonials.html)).  There is http://distinctionsplus.com/vikki-vi-distinctions-shells.html.  Try CitiKnits sold on www.QVC.com.  Or one cool place: http://www.fashiontofigure.com/ for something totally different and awesome. 

In a sense, it does not matter how we got to where we are in life right now.  It doesn’t matter how many pounds we have to lose.  If we don’t deal with the inside, the outside will always cause trouble!  That outer shell – the overweight one – is subject to change.  The problem with being overweight – with obesity – is that we can lose all the pounds we need to and our inner self will still feel fat and unworthy.  Left un-dealt with, the pounds will most likely come back. 

By taking care of our inner beauty, we will be less likely to fall back into old habits and gain the weight back.  Learning to love ourselves is not always easy but it is necessary.  And truthfully, this is true across the board – not just with overweight people.  Everyone needs to like themselves, inside! 

Look in the mirror and say to that person in the mirror, “You know what?  You are a great person.  I’m sorry I haven’t taken good care of you before now but that is going to change.  You are worth taking care of and from now on I am going to take very good care of YOU.”  Then we need to actually forgive ourselves for mistreating our only body. 

Every morning before you brush our teeth, look yourself in the eye in that mirror and say, “You are worthy of love and I love you.  I will take care of you.” 

Sure, you will feel silly at first but it doesn’t matter.  Keep it up.  It is important to change how you see yourself inside.  Your inner voice is THE most important one over what everyone else may say. 

So let us stop letting ourselves go.  Today I want to say this to you:  YOU are important.  Once you figure that out, you’ll lean more toward taking better care of yourself!  YOU are worth it.  YOU are a gift to this world and there are gifts inside you needing to be shared with others.  Someone somewhere needs what YOU have to give and share.  

Remember, taking care of yourself and knowing that you are important and you are worth taking care of is a huge part of changing the mindset about obesity.  We can all get to a weight and size that brings us peace – it begins inside.   

YOU are worth taking care of.  

You are worth being treated right – by YOU.