Do you panic when Memorial Day rolls around, because it’s the start of summer and you’re not swimsuit-ready? Then check out my five strategies for loving the body you have now, while you work on making it slimmer and healthier in the weeks to come
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Is your “summer panic” striking yet?
Written by Dr. Kellyann Petrucci
It’s Memorial Day weekend, and that means it’s officially summer. In other words—it’s that time when women all over the country begin to panic!
Why? Because from now until the first frost of fall, it’s swimsuit season. And swimsuits (especially those Brazilian string bikinis) don’t hide anything.
If you’re carrying some extra pounds, the idea of baring it all at the beach may fill your heart with dread. But don’t worry! There’s still time to trim off that extra weight. Start my diet this week, and you’ll be up to 15 pounds thinner within three weeks—and your skin will look years younger, too. You can get all the details in my book, or sign up for my online course here.
However, there’s still a little more work I want you to do before you don that swimsuit—and it involves your mind, not your body. This is the last week of my month of “Doing You,” and a big part of respecting and loving yourself is accepting yourself and being at peace with your body even while you’re taking steps to make it slimmer and healthier. Here are five ways to achieve that peace.
Get in the habit of caring for yourself. Make it a priority to eat right, sleep well, and get enough exercise. A beautiful, healthy body starts with saying, “I am important and worthy of care.”
Stop comparing yourself to other people—especially celebrities. You probably don’t look like Jennifer Lawrence or Halle Berry—and you won’t even after you reach your goal weight. And you know what? That’s just fine. Make it your mission to rockyour own uniqueness. Be happy being who you are, rather than comparing yourself to models and movie stars, and you’ll be much more confident in that swimsuit.
Be okay with where you are right now. If you need to lose fifty pounds to get to a healthy weight, then be strong and stay focused on your goal. But don’t stop living in the meantime! Don’t say, “I’ll get a new swimsuit next year, when I’m at my goal weight.” Instead, get a new one today. Enjoy the journey while you’re moving toward your destination.
Do yoga. Yoga puts you in touch with your body and gives you greater respect for it.
Stop dissing your body. A few years ago, Glamour did an experiment in which they asked young women to note every negative or anxious thought they had about their bodies over the course of a day. The results: Ninety-seven percent had at least one “I hate my body” thought, and the average was 13, with some women having as many as 100!
This translates into a lot of negative energy and stress. And you know what stress does? It ages you and puts extra pounds on you! So “trash-talking” your body is about as counter-productive as it gets.
If you’re in the habit of thinking negative thoughts about your body, actively catch yourself “in the act.” Each time, stop and think about something you like about your body—whether it’s the color of your eyes, the shape of your ears, or the freckles on your nose. Over time, you’ll learn to appreciate your body, and that means you’ll take better care of it.
Practice these five strategies for being at peace with your body, and you’ll see two immediate benefits: You’ll be happier with your body right now, and you’ll be in a much healthier frame of mind as you set health and fitness goals for the future. Give it a try, and instead of giving into swimsuit-season panic, you can start making this the best summer yet!
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