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Weighing in on weight loss

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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Isn't it about time we stopped beating ourselves up about the eternal struggle with our weight?

My wise friend has this theory about our obsession with dieting and failing, joining weight loss programs or gyms and then dropping out, only to undo all the good we did and find ourselves back at square one. She says it all comes down to this one thing - we don’t value ourselves enough. We don’t ‘like’ ourselves because we see our excess weight as a weakness. We look in the mirror and see only our body and not the fabulous person inside the body.

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I think she’s right - and I also think that we need to start accepting our body and all its quirks as a fact of life, and work on liking the inner person more. We - as the fabulous people we are inside - need to cultivate a desire to make the most of what we have and stop hiding beneath the layers.

Our obsession with our weight can become a damaging spiral. The more we obsess, the less we participate in life and the less we participate, the more weight we gain. It’s time to accept that we are human and fallible and the packaging isn't always perfect – no one’s is – and that’s not a bad thing – it’s normal.

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I’m not suggesting we accept being overweight and give up pursuing a healthy lifestyle. I’m saying give up the focus on body image (the ‘outer’ us) and concentrate instead on improving our inner well-being and vitality. Think back to a time when body weight was not an issue. When we were kids or teenagers perhaps? Can we recapture some of that uninhibited enjoyment of life? Can we stop focusing on how we look in our bathing suit and just get in there and enjoy the water?

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We can start to reverse the spiral by:
Realising that who we are on the inside is far more important than our outer packaging.
Accepting that when it comes to body shape and size, there is no perfect – there is only what works best for us as an individual.
Knowing that our friends and family still love us despite the extra kilos. They love us because of who we are on the inside.
Learning to love and nurture our inner selves, re-engaging with life and re-capturing our sense of fun.
Standing in front of the mirror, but instead of seeing your bodily flaws, looking into your own eyes and connecting with the person inside. Tell yourself what good qualities you have that have nothing to do with the way you look.



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Once we start focusing on the positives within, we should start to see a change in our ‘outer’ selves.

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