Do You Love Yourself?

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photo credit: Helga Weber via photopin cc

As a formally overweight person, I am always looking for new ways to motivate myself as well as others. One of my biggest issues when I was obese was my self esteem. Even though I consider myself a positive person, I was pretty hard on myself. One of the things that I have learned throughout the process is to really like who I am.

I received a reminder this morning. I was listening to the radio and heard an interview with former Pittsburgh Steeler Kendall Simmons. Simmons won 2 Super Bowls with the Steelers, Super Bowls XL and XLIII. Before winning those Super Bowls, in 2003 he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He was discussing how he is living with diabetes and how he thought maybe his football career would have been over with the diagnosis. He learned how to manage the diabetes and played football for several years to come.

He said something that interested me though. Asked if it was hard managing what he would eat, he said it could be difficult at times but “If you love yourself enough, you need to do the right thing”.

That is so true! You need to make yourself the most important person and take care of yourself. Once I focused on that fact, I was able to lose the 105 pounds. It was simple…I was overweight, I was unhealthy, it is only food, I am more important than the food. I made a plan, I put my thoughts and mind together and I did what I needed to do! If you love yourself, you will be healthier to love others. Take care of yourself. You are the most important person!

Kathy is a contributing writer at Lindsay Ann Loft. She has been sharing her weight loss story and tips with our readers since 2011. She has a passion for healthy eating and helping others with their journey to a healthier lifestyle.

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