Earlier this month I was invited to be a guest on Lisa Hayes’s radio show, Love, Life & Law of Attraction, to talk about the important role Self-Love plays in ending your struggle with weight (you can listen to the interview here). At the end of the show Lisa asked me if I had any final thoughts to share and a quote I saw on Pinterest immediately popped into my mind:

“What if you simply devoted this year to loving yourself more?”

With the annual ritual of the New Year’s Resolution looming, this question really spoke to me. If I knew the person’s name, not only would I give them credit for this quote, but I would also thank him or her for asking such a great question.

Most diet & exercise plans that begin on January 1st (or the Monday immediately following) are not coming from a place of love. The catalysts for embarking on such plans are usually feelings of desperation, shame, or some degree of self-loathing.

There is also an air of “all-or-nothing” that accompanies the new diet or exercise plan—and if you don’t stick with it (let’s be real, it’s hard to stick with something that feels like punishment), the verbal beat-down you give yourself definitely does not feel like love.

An alternative to the resolution of old is to try something new. In this case, I’m inviting you to do as the quote says and devote this year to loving yourself more.

If you’re not exactly sure where to start, I’ve come up with a free Self-Love Guide called 5 Ways to Start Loving Yourself When You Don’t Know How, which you can find here.

Focusing on loving yourself still might look like taking actions to change, but the motivation that drives those actions comes from a very different place:

  • You choose healthier food to eat because you feel better and have more energy when you do that.
  • You choose to exercise regularly because it boosts your mood and makes it possible for you be as active as you want to be in your life.
  • You choose to drink less alcohol because you sleep better and feel more refreshed in the morning.

When you take care of yourself from a place of love, it feels good.

And self-care actions that feel good are sustainable.

This means you get to keep the results you create.

Which further means that you get to be done with having to make another weight-related New Year’s Resolution ever again.

Happy New Year to you and here’s to you loving yourself more in 2016!

Don’t forget to get your free Self-Love Guide here.