As an obese person growing up in America, I spent many countless hours wondering what it meant to live a better life. My thoughts on the situation inevitably always began, “When I lose the weight . . . ” and would continue with ideas on the things that would make me happy in life.
When I actually lost the weight, I discovered that the only thing that really changes is your waistline. I was starting to weigh less, but was it really a better life I was living?
I’ve realized along this journey to a healthier me that you’ve got to work on the inside stuff as much as the outside stuff. Sure, you can lose 200 pounds, but it doesn’t make your anxiety any less severe. That’s coming from a whole different place.
One thing changed does not cure all other things. You’ve got to take it one step at a time, being aware of what’s hurting and taking the time to care for yourself when necessary.
Here are 7 of the most vital aspects I’ve discovered on my own journey to live a better life.
7 Great life Skills Worth Mastering:
#1 :: Honor your needs and preferences.
Do you sometimes feel like you are endlessly chasing the expectations of others in some attempt to “live the dream” life? Who’s dream is that anyway? Yours?
I’ve found that most of us who struggle with our weight are terrible at self-care because we’re too busy worrying about everyone else and whether or not they’re happy with what we are doing/being/eating.
A huge part of lasting weight loss is about healing the relationship with yourself. If you can’t take care of you, who will?