Bikini Season is upon us! Are you ready?

My mother in law loves taking lots of pictures of us on holiday, including pictures of me in my bikini by the pool! I still remember the first time we went on holiday together and she was taking photos of me. I didn’t like it one bit. She likes “in the action” photos, so most of the time I didn’t even know she was taking them. I had to reassure that she would not post any of them on Facebook!! She promised she wouldn’t. I actually just wanted to burn (delete) them!

This year however, things were different. In March we went on holiday together and again she was taking lots of pictures. This time, when going through them I wasn’t all grossed out about seeing me in a bikini!

YAY!

First of all, what a terrible thing to think about myself! Is it really that bad to look at my own body? Well yes it is! And I am sure I am not alone! But really! Would we say that we are grossed out about seeing our best friend in a bikini if she is a little bulky and overweight? I recon not!

Second of all, did my body really change that much? I have lost some weight but I am surely not skinny and I do not look like the woman in the picture.

So what has changed?

 

My confidence and how I view myself has changed! All the holistic work I am doing for myself is really working! I am so happy that I am finally accepting and loving my body the way it is.

Here is the good news! So can you!

If you are unable to look at yourself in the mirror and hate seeing photos of yourself, especially in a bikini, you too can start to love yourself, just the way you are! You are worthy of love and you are beautiful!

 

Here are 5 small things you can do start loving your body:

  1. Take a yoga class.  Doing yoga forces you to connect with your body in a different way and you will start to see your body differently.
  2. Get to know Louise Hay! Click here to listen to one of her many lectures or guided meditations you can find on youtube.
  3. Schedule something good for yourself at least once a week. It can be a massage or other treatment, try something new like Reiki, go for a walk, reconnect with a friend – anything that makes you happy! Go on, schedule it in now!
  4. Eat more vegetables! When you fuel your body with delicious nutrients, vitamins and minerals, your body will glow and you will start feeling different.
  5. Stop comparing yourself to others! You are and look the way you look and that’s the end of it! Cherish yourself! You are worthy!

Oh dear, there are so many more, it is hard to choose just 5! Be good to yourself! How do you expect other people to love you if you don’t love yourself? You can start now!

Let me know in the comments below which one thing you will do today to love yourself more?

 

Do you overeat?

I used to overeat all the time. At least once a day I would eat so much that it felt like my stomach was being expanded. For some reason, I would just continue to fill the plate with food and eat. It felt horrible. I would be so uncomfortable afterwards that I wouldn’t be able to stand or sit or lay down. Every time I would promise myself that I wouldn’t do this anymore but as soon as the feeling went away I forgot about it and started over again.

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Why was a treating myself this way? Why was I punishing myself like this?

I remember talking to my partner about it. As you might remember, he is the skinny one I have written about before. He would tell me that he never overate, because it would make him feel sick. I was surprised, because that is how I would feel too, but I did it anyway!

Why was I doing this to myself?

Things started to change when I started loving myself more, really liking and loving myself. The thing is that you would never treat a friend like this, would you? Would you force your best friend to eat until completely stuffed so she would feel incredibly uncomfortable? NO you wouldn’t! So why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we allow ourselves to be treated like this?

I overate again this weekend. We had raclette, you know melted cheese over potatoes, and it was just soooooo yummy. When I had my last bite I felt the familiar expanding of my stomach and I thought “shoot, why didn’t I stop many mouthfuls ago?”. I then remembered that I used to do this to myself ALL the time!! I am happy to report that it had been a while!

With my new found self-love and self-confidence I am now treating my body better. I exercise, I eat healthier, I eat less and I eat more mindfully! All part of treating myself how I deserve to be treated!

If you overeat, then take minute to think about why you do it? I think for me, I was trying to avoid feeling pain or uncertainties by stuffing myself until I felt numb. Don’t do this! Find a way to love your self and treat yourself right and how you deserve to be treated! Life is too short to settle, also with your self!

Love yourself today!!

If YOU need help getting started or need someone to talk to, then DO NOT hesitate to reach out. I am a Health Coach and my mission is to help you feel amazing about yourself, inside and out. If you overeat and want to do something about it, then email me now!

What are YOU grateful for?

On this last Monday before Christmas I want to focus on GRATITUDE! I have so many things to be grateful for and I invite you to think about the things YOU are grateful for.

13941544468_1e4db1b6bd_bMany healthy people swear by a gratitude journal. Have you tried it? Every evening before bed, write down 5 things you are grateful for! It is supposed to be life changing after you’ve done it for a while.

I don’t think I can explain why or what happens, but it is true, that since I am sending gratitude out in the world, I feel happier and more confident.

Try it? 🙂

I truly believe that one of the important secrets to healthy living is gratitude! 

What is on your list?

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