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Self-Care Excerpt from Don't Weight

If I Can Do It, You Can Too.

I read about people who preach weight loss. I hear hysterically energetic gurus of dieting and fitness talk about constant life-long battles with appetites, compulsive eating, and with food. The audience is told by the laughing and crying guru, "I am in the same struggle as you are. I have the same compulsions as you do. I am a compulsive overeater too. I have been my entire life and I always will be. If I can do this, then so can you." Time and time again the weight loss experts say they want you to join them in their struggles. They are fighting the "good fight" against food and appetite. They want you to join them in this battle against the body.

I am saying something profoundly different to you.

I do NOT want you to join me in a lifelong battle
against food or against your appetite.

I want you to find peace with food,
develop an active lifestyle,
appreciate your body,
and get on with living your life
in the body you have!

Kelly Bliss, M.Ed, Fit, Fat, and Fine in the year 2000

I invite you to join me in my RECOVERY from body loathing and weight loss anxiety. I invite you to join me in ending compulsive eating instead of controlling it. I do NOT recommend that you fight your appetite. Your appetite is an asset to healthy eating. I do not recommend that you "control your weight." Your weight is the result of many things, some of which are out of your control.

I recommend that you participate in the fun and enjoyable problem-solving process that will help you live your healthy life. How your body changes and responds to your improved healthy lifestyle is not under your control. That is a complicated process that not even the most advanced science has unraveled. Perhaps the way your body changes and responds to your healthy lifestyle is in the hands of something bigger than you. You do have the power to influence your lifestyle and your attitudes. I invite you to join me in influencing your lifestyle and your attitudes.

I am about to tell you a list of statements about myself. I tell you these things because these are the answers to questions that I am often asked by clients who want hope. I tell you these things because I want you to know there is hope. Even though there are many, many people who have made a similar journey, in the following statements I am speaking for myself. I want you to join me in an enjoyable struggle to make peace with yourself. If I can do it, so can you...

** I used to be a compulsive overeater.

Now I am at peace with food.

** My appetite used to be my enemy.

Now my appetite is an asset to healthy eating.

** I used to HATE my body.

Now I appreciate how my body looks, feels, and functions. I truly take joy in my physical self.

** I used to be very sedentary for long periods of time.

Now I really ENJOY workouts regularly.

** I used to abuse my body, running three hours per day.

Now I workout gently and reasonably.

It has been a long struggle for me to heal from dieting and the body-loathing that dieting cultivates. It has taken great effort to recover and get to this point. This struggle and effort were enjoyable! During my struggle, every few months I would look back and notice how much BETTER I was feeling. This struggle was self-motivating.

Yes, I invite you to join me in this enjoyable struggle to take care of yourself. If I can do it, you can too. You can respond to feeling better as you make choices with awareness.

You can accept yourself, care for yourself,
and enjoy living your life.

This is a long, enjoyable process.

It feels good.

I invite you to feel good.

You deserve it!

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