Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I Will Love Myself When I...

G'head, fill in the blank. If you're reading this blog the answer is most likely ...lose weight. But why not love yourself now? Never underestimate the power of positive self talk, the power of thinking kindly of oneself. You are the only you you have. Why reserve all that you have for others? You may find that you have so much more and even better love to give when you start giving some to yourself.

I want you to make a list of 5 things you love about yourself. If you can think of more than 5, by all means put it on the list. Don't worry, no one will think you are conceited. And who cares if they do? That's their problem. And no qualifiers, either! Bonus points for putting them in the comments to this post.

What I love about me, in no particular order...

I have a great sense of humor, I never fail to crack myself up.

My hands and feet are adorable and I am very proud of my pretty smile.

I am really smart.

I am a great cook!

I am a fantastic wife and nurse, taking care of people gives me joy (and I am so much better at both since I started caring for myself.)

Don't wait until that "someday" to start loving yourself. Treat yourself with love and respect starting right now, don't waste another second on self-loathing and stuffing down your feelings. Life is too short and you are worth it!


  1. Treating oneself with respect and love is key to living a healthy, happy life :D

  2. I feel almost silly finally commenting, seeing as though I feel like I've been a part of your life for a year and a half now. Well, not really. My name is Bethany and I am one of the many that read your article in the "Experience Life" magazine, and instead of just jumping in on the day that I read the article, I went to your beginning. It was like watching your life in fast forward. It took me about 2 weeks, but now I'm up to date and inspired.

    Today I made my first trip into Trader Joe's on my way home from work, and was amazed. I only purchased a few things, but I know for sure that I will go back. I have a few of your recipes that I want to try for myself. I am reading labels and just trying to be more aware of what is in the food that I'm cooking and eating. It is the first step to getting back on track.

    To share a little bit of my story, I've always had a problem with my weight, I won't go into specifics because that will just take too long, but I can definitely relate to your story. More recently I have had some major problems with my back for the last few years which have helped me use the excuse of 'I can't exercise, it'll hurt too much'. Of course that isn't true! At the end of last year I had an aha moment when I went to see the doctor and that day started on a road to better health. I lost about 40 pounds in 6 months and also completed my first 5k after starting the 'couch to 5k' program the beginning of January. My goal was to be able to run a 5k (not fast, just as long as I finish) by the end of August this year. Well, I squashed that when I finished my first one Easter weekend. I then set a new goal of running at least one 5k every month until I couldn't find one, or couldn't stand the weather anymore (I live in Minnesota where we get cold and snow). I lost myself to some of my bad eating habits for a few months and gained about 5 pounds back. Thankfully because I was exercising I was able to keep it to only 5 pounds!

    I am currently living with my grandfather, helping to take care of him since my grandmothers passing, and he is a farmer. After reading through your blog I am excited to look for recipes to use all the wonderful goodies he will soon be bringing into the house.

    I don't have much else to say, except I'm glad that you've found the rhythm to live your best life, and you are an inspiration to find mine again.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Bethany! This is exactly the sort of thing I'm talking about when I say that I welcome readers comments.

    You are on the right track and I can't wait to hear about the farm fresh goodies and how your recipes turned out.

  4. I was inspired to check out your blog by Experience Life.. I so relate.. Tricky thing thinking about "Things I love about me".. got me thinking, thank you!
    1. My "Can-do" attitude, I may not know how to fix things but I am never afraid to try.
    2. My smile, take care of those choppers and don't forget to floss.
    3.I too have a pretty great sense of humor, even if others don't get it sometimes.

    I will continue to think about the other two.
    Thanks, cannot wait to catch up on your blog.

  5. Welcome, Paula! Thanks for stopping by. I love your list so far. I hope you will find the other two soon and come and share them.