Modern culture is obsessed with the external. In earlier days, before plastic surgery and fashion magazines, a person's character mattered more than their looks. We have become Superficial.
As a result, what we see in the mirror makes us miserable. It's easy to think, "I'll never look like that guy or gal in the BowFlex commercial, so I may as well drown my sorrows in this plate of brownies."
We can be happier and make better progress toward our weight-loss goals by discarding society's idea of perfection. Face it, you are unique. Revel in who you are, not in who you are not.
Stop comparing yourself to the "beautiful" people. Instead, refocus your attention on the progress you are making. Notice and take pride in even your smallest accomplishments.
You got up early the last three days in a row to exercise? Magnificent!
You refused to be offended by someone's insensitive comment about your weight? Good for you!
After an argument with your significant other, you went for a long walk rather than binge eat? Awesome!
You resisted seconds of your favorite dessert? Bravo!
Be proud of your small victories, and build on them. They really do count. Each one brings you incrementally closer to your ideal self.
Over time, small acts of will strengthen your willpower and self-esteem, making future challenges easier.
Over time, small changes in diet help eliminate bad eating habits that have set you back.
Over time, small changes in exercise train your body to store less fat and burn more.
Find satisfaction in each small step, and be persistent. And concern yourself not at all with how Hollywood says you should look.
Success is continuing to put one foot in front of the other, and smelling the roses along the way. It has nothing to do with superficiality or perfection.
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