Your Identity by Mir over at Two Years to Happy Weight After has a post today that I think is very appropriate for us all.
What we do fits our self-image or we wouldn't do it. I don't tell lies because it doesn't fit my self-image. I don't steal for the same reason. When I am lazy, that is my self-image. When I overeat, that is my self-image.
She talks about exercising and self-image. This is crucial to our success with losing weight and then maintaining our loss. If being thin doesn't fit my self-image, reaching my goal weight will be an exercise in futility. How can we change our self-image so that doesn't happen? I think we act "as if". We behave as if we were already there. How will you and I behave when we are at goal weight? Behave that way now. Will we take care of our appearance even if we are staying home all day? Will we paint our toenails in the winter? Will we exercise regularly and drink the necessary water?
We need to think long and hard about this. I have lost my weight twice. I don't intend to have to do it again. How about you?