In this day and age, worry about weight seems inevitable. Skinny models scantily clad in bikinis grace the covers of magazines, eating disorders run rampant, and the latest weight-loss book always tops the book sales lists. Between fitness centers and fast-food restaurants, people are overwhelmed and worn out with all of the worry about weight. In fact, even once many people reach their “goal” weight, the worry doesn’t cease. Here are some tips for feeling better about your weight, even if you never actually lose any!
1) Throw away your scale. I admit that I have a scale in my bathroom. I’m actually embarrassed to tell you how many times a day I step on it. I weigh myself with clothes, without clothes, in the morning, in the evening, before a run, after a run, before a meal, after a meal. I probably weigh myself at least twice a day, but it is often more than that. The fact is, though, that your weight will fluctuate day to day, hour to hour. If you can’t bring yourself to throw the scale away, simply cut down to only one weigh in a week, a la Weight Watchers. Instead of using the scale as the determining factor for how you feel about your weight, use how your clothes fit, or better yet, how great you look in that outfit!
2) Get some color. It sounds so silly, but the truth is, I have always felt a little better about the way that I look and my weight when I have been out in the sun and have gotten a bit of a tan. I imagine that it makes my tummy look flatter and my face look skinnier. Of course, the sun has risks, so if you aren’t comfortable with getting a suntan via the sun, try self-tanning creams or lotions instead.
3) Pamper yourself. Do you feel better about yourself with a new haircut? A manicure or a pedicure? A new blouse or a purse that goes with your outfit? There is nothing wrong with occasionally pampering yourself if it makes you feel better about your appearance, as long as you realize that your looks and appearance are not a true reflection of who you are. If you get that, go ahead and buy that Vera Bradley bag that you’ve been craving!
4) Get active. And I am not talking about a rigorous weight training or running routine. I’m talking about getting out of your house or your office once a day to do something. Walk around the block. Play catch with your kids in the backyard. Take your bike for a ride through the park. Go for a swim. Go to the gym if you like lifting weights, but don’t make your goal to lose weight. Just the simple act of doing something, anything, will make you feel better about who you are and how you look.
5) Do something you enjoy. I know that as a stay-at-home mom, I found myself worrying daily about my weight. I was worried about the extra doughnut I had with breakfast, or the cookie I ate when my daughter didn’t finish it. I loved staying home with my kids, but needed something extra to do that made me feel like I was important to someone other than my husband and daughters. Since I have started writing for Associated Content, it’s given me something extra to do that I enjoy, and I feel better about myself as a result.
It is possible to feel better about your weight without actually losing any. Simply realizing that your weight, a number on a scale, isn’t a true reflection of you is the basis of it all.