Are mirrors, especially full-length mirrors, the bane of
your life? Do you avoid them at all costs? Do you restrict your mirror looking
to mirrors that show you only from the neck up?
Dissatisfaction with your body rather than being a motivator
for weight loss can have just the opposite effect. It can take away your weight
If you find yourself in this situation, why not try to break
the spell of the mirror by taking a look at your entire body in a full-length
See if this helps: While looking at your body in the mirror,
you could stay in the present and be nonjudgmental. Just look. Don’t judge. See
what thoughts and feelings occur to you as you look. Don’t try to change your
thoughts and feelings. If you have reactions to these thoughts and feelings,
see what your reactions are and don’t try to change your reactions either.
As you look at your body in the mirror, also try describing
all the different parts of your body. Don’t skip over or dwell on any part, and
give equal attention to everything you see. Please do not be critical or
unkind. Describe the different parts of your body using the descriptive
language of color, proportion, shape, etc.
Once you’ve looked, accepted, not judged, and kindly
described your body, plan to do this again the next day and the next. See if it
gets easier and easier to see yourself in not such dissatisfied and judgmental terms.
Remember, when it comes to losing your unwanted weight, you
need to have lots of good confidence and a high level of motivation at your disposal. Feeling
better about your body despite the fact you have weight to lose will be an
important source of this self-confidence and motivation.