Perhaps you’ve been telling yourself for years that you want to lose weight but you just haven’t taken the steps to make some healthy changes in your life. Maybe you’ve been reading the 31 Days of Loving Yourself Thin exercises but haven’t taken the action to do them yet. You know intellectually that it makes sense, that the power of love and forgiveness can work miracles in your life, however for some reason you haven’t gone to the mirror, looked yourself in the eyes, and told yourself, “I love you, just as you are today, no matter what you weigh.”

It could be that the reason you haven’t taken action yet is because you are experiencing resistance. Why would you resist what you intellectually know is good for you, whether that is eating better, getting regular exercise, consciously loving yourself more and forgiving yourself for whatever you are criticizing yourself for (overeating, gaining weight, yo-yo syndrome, etc.)? Well, it could be fear, or that you are comfortable with where you’re at, even though you don’t feel good; you think that you at least know what to expect.

No matter what the reason is, it’s important to just recognize your resistance because it holds a clue for you: whatever you are resisting is something that you need to take a look at, there is a lesson there for you to learn. For example, if you are very resistant to doing a particular positive affirmation, that affirmation is exactly what you need to be doing. You see, if you don’t have much of a reaction to an affirmation, then it’s not something new for you, you already know it and have integrated it in your life.

You want to take a look at the affirmations that make you want to run the other way, such as “I love myself even when I overeat”. If that affirmation turns your stomach, if you think that there is no way that you can practice self-love because you overeat, then that is exactly the area that you need to be practicing self-love.

Today’s exercise in Loving Yourself Thin is to get past any resistance that you are having to loving yourself more today. You can do this by consciously surrendering, letting go, and giving up your resistance. Go to the mirror and while you’re looking yourself in the eyes, repeat the following 10 times: “I am willing to release all resistance to loving myself as I am today. I lovingly let go of my resistance to better health. I am willing to change and grow”. Write these affirmations in your notebook or journal 10 times and note any negative (or positive!) responses that come up while you’re writing.

I would love to hear about any positive changes that you are experiencing from doing this series of exercises. Remember, the more you love yourself as you are now and become your own best friend, the more you will be naturally motivated to take care of your body. You might still even have resistance to that, but now that you are aware of what your resistance is telling you, you will know that it’s an area that holds something to teach you. 😉