July 2009 archive

Peaceful Weight Loss in July

Slim your belly in 9 minutes. “

That was on the cover of a health magazine I looked at the other day. I’m not sure what was crazier: the assertion, or the fact that I wanted to believe it.

We are inundated with these messages, especially in the summer. The appeal of these messages is overwhelming because they play on our vanity. They attack our self-esteem: they imply that the solution to our “problem” is so easy that we must be weak to not have remedied it earlier. Since we all seem to fall prey to this, I thought I’d write a little mantra for us to hold on to during bathing suit season.

I’d love to look better

Looking better has many components
which may or may not include
health, posture, weight, dress, and happiness

I will chose today to do all I can to improve my situation
without judgment

This may include
moving around in a way that makes me feel better and have more energy
eating in a way that makes me feel better and have more energy
dressing in a way that makes me feel better and have more energy
keeping company that makes me feel better and have more energy

I commit to noticing any effects this has on myself and those around me.

Be happy and peaceful