Once upon a time, after losing 70 pounds, I went on campaign to try and make sure that overweight women started taking pride in themselves, loving themselves, and enjoying life, right now, just as they are. Instead of putting life on hold until they lost 20, 50, 100 pounds or more. It stands to reason that you will take better care of yourself if you are starting out from a position of self love, rather than shame and self loathing. Too, a good many women are overweight, not because of how much they eat, but how little they exercise. Now that they are overweight, they are too self conscious and/or ashamed to get involved in certain activities that they might enjoy. Thus, a vicious cycle begins. Less activity and more weight gain. More weight gain, and less activity. Toss in some poor self esteem, self loathing, some other emotional baggage, and what do you get? A few more extra pounds! How do you stop the madness?
First of all, stop waiting for “someday.” Start loving yourself, appreciating yourself, feeling good about you, and taking care of yourself right now. Don’t wait until you drop a couple of dress sizes before you get involved again in activities that you enjoy, or think you might enjoy. Get moving NOW.
Water aerobics is the perfect exercise for those who have a considerable amount of weight to lose, or for those with joint problems. You will burn calories, strengthen muscles and tone your body effortlessly while in the water. What? You wouldn’t be caught dead in a bathing suit right now?
Secondly, let’s face it. There are very few beautiful perfectly sculpted bodies in this world. Have you checked out the beach lately? Better yet, have you visited the community swimming pool? If you have, then you know exactly what I am talking about. I came face to face with this discovery when I joined a water aerobics class. I didn’t see the first gorgeous perfectly sculpted body anywhere. Even the skinny people had sags, bags and wrinkles somewhere. There were people there of all shapes and sizes. Everyone was just kind of “normal.” (Whatever that is.) Trust me on this. Give it a try and you will be hooked on water aerobics: the exercise that feels more like “play time” than exercise.
Finally, don’t wait until you have to buy a whole new wardrobe before you start strutting your stuff. You are NOT your weight. You are so much more than that, and you are already a beautiful woman. Start acting like it. If you find this concept hard to grasp, then do what I have advised so many other women to do: “Fake it until you make it.” Pretty is as pretty does. Go out and get that sassy new hair style, spoil yourself with a manicure, find your signature fragrance and wear it daily, apply makeup and buy clothes that make you feel pretty at whatever size you are at now. Oh, and don’t forget to hold your head high, and put some twist in your hip when you are walking. Be confident. It’s very sexy at any size. So, love yourself, be good to yourself, feel pretty, move that body, and watch the pounds disappear!