Living a Life Reflective of Self Love and Respect
(..the foundation upon which a successful weight loss program must be built….)By: Louisa Latela, MSW, LCSW
I do believe in order to maintain a healthy weight loss one must make specific lifestyle and behavioral changes that are grounded in self love and respect. I have studied people who I believe to really live a life reflective of self love and respect. Below I’ve listed some of the behaviors I would describe as “common” among this population.
speak only kind and loving words to and about themselves.
listen and respond appropriately to their body’s hunger and fullness signals.
spend a few moments before they eat in gratitude to the universe and all those involved in the preparation of their food.
nourish their body with fresh, life affirming foods.
eat slowly and consciously.
eat with passion and presence.
wear clothes that are comfortable and flatter the shape of their body.
take good care of their clothes: hang and fold their clothes with gratitude and reverence.
keep their living space neat and clean.
treat their home with respect.
keep up with the maintenance of their home both inside and out.
are responsible with and respectful of money.
pay their bills on time.
understand that money flows to them easily and effortlessly as they follow their heart’s passion.
keep positive affirmation and inspirational books around their house and read something positive every day.
keep live flowers and plants in their home.
watch only television shows and movies that are positive and life affirming.
consciously surround themselves with colors and textures that feel warm, comforting, and wonderful.
listen to beautiful and inspirational music.
drink 8 glasses of water every day.
eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables every day.
take their vitamins daily.
keep up with regularly scheduled health care appointments.
walk outside most days of the week.
appreciate the beauty of nature.
take time to re-center throughout the day.
surround themselves with people who love and celebrate them.
are powerful in a kind and loving way.
know that true power is grounded in love.
need not defend or explain themselves.
act and speak in accordance with their values and integrity system.
speak their truth with love and respect with the intention to support the highest good of all concerned.
take time to be of service to others.
understand that true peace comes from knowing that only love is real.
take time to check in with themselves throughout the day to reconnect with their center, and act from this place of inner knowing.
give themselves permission to say no.
are honest with themselves about who they are.
keep up with paperwork both at home and at work.
keep their car tidy and clean.
speak only kind, compassionate, loving and respectful words.
often do anonymous acts of kindness.
take time to laugh and play.
see the beauty in the soul of every person they meet.
create relationships that are supportive, loving, healthy, and empowering.
always find ways to nurture their spirit.
often journal their thoughts and feelings.
listen lovingly and respond respectfully to their body’s messages.
rest when they are tired.
speak their truth with love and respect.
are committed to being the best they can be.
keep their word to themselves.
consistently express gratitude for the many blessings in their lives.
So my challenge for you is to ask yourself before you say or do anything “Are these words or this behavior self loving and respectful?” If the answer is “No”, then stop, take a deep breath and listen to YOU!! When you stop and listen you will always know how to act in a way that supports your highest good!!
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