What If?

doorWhat if you stopped hating your struggle with weight and food and began to consider that it might have great meaning in your life?

What if you stopped withholding love (or fun) from yourself until after you “lose this weight”?

What if you gave yourself permission to laugh with yourself when you make a mistake?

What if you were honest with yourself about things you want to change, without being self-critical or angry?

What if you began to enjoy everything your body can do right now – what if you felt a sense of awe as you walk and stretch and bend and see and breathe? What if you viewed your body with the wonder of a child and the gratitude of a sage?

What if you sidled up to yourself and said “Hey, I’m for you – I’m on your team!”

What if you decided to stop accusing yourself for not doing everything perfectly?

What if you acknowledged your own strength and beauty?

What if you relaxed and began to trust that you are figuring this health/food/weight thing out and that taking time to do so is a good thing?

What if you asked three friends to tell you one thing they particularly enjoy about you – and you started enjoying those things about yourself too?

What if you decided to play more? And what if you gave yourself full permission to freely enjoy yourself while playing?

What if you snuck up on yourself and smiled and then ran off giggling?

What if you stopped looking at your body critically?What if you and your body became friends right now?

What if you began to practice feeling hopeful and confident?

What if you fed and rested and moved yourself with these questions in mind: What’s going to make me feel really great – now and later? How might I take very good care of myself with this choice?

What if you relaxed the demanding constraints and expectations you put on yourself every day?

What if you looked in the mirror and smiled at yourself? What if you winked and said “Hey, I like you.”

What if you decided to own and trust how capable you are?

What if this path is nothing short of the beginning of you knowing and loving yourself like you never have before – the very door through which you will become your best-self?

4 thoughts on “What If?

  • May 19, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Your impeccable timing saved the day again! Tomorrow morning I board a plane for California for a special Aunt’s 90th birthday. I haven’t been there since I was a 114 pound 18 year old 39 years ago and I was all concerned how family and old friends would think of me in my mature body. This is just what I needed to let not let my extra weight get in the way of having fun. I will throw the bathing suit back in the suitcase!

    • May 19, 2016 at 10:35 am

      HOW WONDERFUL, dear Carol – go have FUUUNNNN enjoying being your beautiful self!!!!!

  • May 23, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    This is terrific. I’m in love with these images!
    One more what if: what if we only said things to ourselves that we would say to our best friend?


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