I want to talk to you about self-love. This is something I have struggled with for a very long time.
You see, I was always slim when I was younger, up until the age of about 17, when I was in college. My eating habits caught up with me, I passed my driving test, and I started to pile the weight on. I went from an underweight, very thin, tall girl to an overweight, but managing to hide it well, tall girl.
I have been a member of Slimming World for nearly 2 years now (for the second time) and in 2017 I was doing great. I started the year achieving my 2 stone award and I was on Cloud 9. However, in March 2017, I started to suffer with migraines. This, in turn, has impacted my life massively in many aspects, but mostly, my weight loss journey.
I stopped eating healthy, I started eating takeaways again because it was easier on days when I had a migraine (which was once a week). My health, in respect to my weight, just didn’t seem to be a priority any more.
Fast forward a year to now, my total weight loss is only 10lbs. Meaning I’ve put 1 stone 5lbs back on (2st 1lb was the most I’d lost). Honestly, I’m heartbroken. I’m really struggling to get back on the wagon. But despite this, I have persisted and I am still attending group and weekly weigh-ins.
Self-love isn’t just about how much you weigh or what your body looks like. It’s different for everyone. But for me, that has a lot to do with it. Despite the fact I don’t particularly like the way I look, I am trying really hard to be nicer to myself and better at self-love. After all, how can I expect anyone else to love me if I don’t love myself? Right?
Therefore, I have posted sticky notes with compliments I’ve given myself on my dressing table mirror and I am going to do a 30 day self-love challenge throughout March.
The challenge is as follows:
Day 1: Fill in your planner, set aside days for yourself.
Day 2: Make a list of things you like about yourself and add one new thing every day.
Day 3: Declutter your home.
Day 4: Clean out your closet
Day 5: Treat Yo’self
Day 6: Declutter your work space.
Day 7: Make a recipe you haven’t made before.
Day 8: Choose tomorrow’s outfit before bed.
Day 9: Apply a face mask.
Day 10: Take a bath – I rarely treat myself to a bath due to time so I always have a shower.
Day 11: Spend the day watching a movie boxset.
Day 12: Try Yoga.
Day 13: Write as many positive things about yourself as you can.
Day 14: Colour / draw.
Day 15: Buy yourself some flowers.
Day 16: Watch an old movie.
Day 17: Read a book you love.
Day 18: Visit a museum.
Day 19: Write down a 5 year dream plan.
Day 20: Go to the cinema on your own.
Day 21: Get rid of 5 things you don’t use.
Day 22: Go to bed early.
Day 23: Take a selfie and post it on social media.
Day 24: Discover new music.
Day 25: Go for a walk
Day 26: Write down 5 things to be happy about right now.
Day 27: Do a brain dump.
Day 28: Dance like no one is watching.
Day 29: Write a thank you note.
Day 30: How do I feel about me right now?
I will post pictures of my 30 day self-love challenge on my Instagram. I hope you enjoy following my journey of self-love.
“Note to self – When you take the time out to be selfish – not in the awful way but in the focused, reflective, honouring way – you are actually being kind to all the people who won’t have to deal with your miserable, grumpy, burned out self. Have a nice cup of coffee. Take a bubble bath or something. You’re WELCOME, world – Nanea Hoffman”