When I lost 50 pounds after college, it took my brain a while to adjust to the “new me.” Even though my new body was fitting in a healthy size 6/8 jeans, my mind still told me to pick up the size 14’s before walking into the dressing room while shopping. I still had plenty of self-doubt about buying a bikini. It almost took a year before my level of self-confidence increased and I realized that I was in a great place physically and mentally.
The same thing happened to me again this year after having my sweet baby girl. Even once I fit back into my prepregnancy jeans again, I would go into my closet and reach for my bigger sizes I wore while pregnant. The clothes would hang off of me. It’s so funny to me how our minds have to catch up with our bodies. In fact, I’ve heard several women tell me that they have experienced the same feelings. I’m sure men go through it as well after a substantial weight loss.
If you have experienced this, you are not alone. Just know that there’s always an adjustment period after transforming your body. It’s a fun problem to have, in my opinion. The hard part is losing the weight, right? Work on your confidence daily and practice positive self-talk.
Accept a Compliment
If someone compliments you, say “thank you,” versus “Oh, I’m still not happy with _____” or “my butt is still big.” Accept the compliment and move on.
The worst thing you can do is not accept their compliment. What if your body (as it is NOW) is their goal? When you act like you aren’t happy with it, that’s discouraging them. They might wonder, “what’s the point in working hard if she/he is not happy with their results?” It took me a while to realize that.
Work hard for what you want and never give up. Just because something doesn’t come easy, doesn’t mean you can’t have it.
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