If you live in Chino Hills, you might feel awkward being out in public if you hate how you look. You need to become comfortable in your own skin even before you start working out. How you look isn’t who you are, but how you feel about yourself may determine whether you take care of yourself and look better. One of the problems I’ve found with many very overweight clients is that they don’t think they deserve to look better and feel good.
You don’t have to get into shape to appreciate who you are.
Self loathing is counterproductive. It causes depression and the need to harm yourself at worst, or simply not take care of yourself at best. It makes you feel more like nursing that harmed psyche with sugary treats or take to the bed and get under the covers for the rest of the day. It definitely doesn’t make you want to start a program of exercise or start a healthy eating program.
Realize that when you get into shape, you’ll still be you, just the best possible version.
You are a unique individual with faults and flaws, but also very good traits, too. When you realize that you’ll be the same person, no matter what you weigh or how you look, you’ll know that you won’t be expected to suddenly succeed at business or find the perfect life partner. People often fear what others will expect if they get into shape, or how it will change their life. It will change your life, but the change will come with feeling more energetic and healthy, not change your basic personality.
No matter what size you are or how you look, you need to walk tall.
Walking tall can mean having good posture and presence when you enter a room. It also can mean feeling proud of who you are. It can mean both. It’s how you present yourself to the world. If exercise nothing more for you than improve your posture, that will be enough. Not only does it improve your health, it also makes you look and feel more confident. That confidence gives you the “Can Do” feeling that extends to achieving goals, like getting fit.
- When you feel good about yourself, you’ll want to look and feel your best. That means you’ll take care of yourself including adopting healthy habits, like working out and eating healthy.
- Don’t avoid the gym because you worry that others will notice you’re out of shape. Everyone there has a goal to achieve and they’re more focused on that goal than on anyone around them.
- Sometimes, people feel more uncomfortable when they look good. It’s quite common and extends back to the days when they didn’t feel like they deserved to be fit. Accept yourself as you are and who you are to become.
- You’re not in competition with anyone. Never compare yourself to others. There’s always someone that’s better looking, fitter and more confident. Be happy to be the best you, working out at your own pace.