Self-Love

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.

Steph xoxo

“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”

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22 Comments

  1. February 26, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    This is such a great post! I too have struggled with my body image, and this 30 day challenge is a great idea! I think you even inspired me to start one for the month of march as well. Good luck, and I look forward to following you on this journey. 🙂

    • Stephloves
      Author
      February 26, 2018 / 10:12 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment. That’s amazing news. I think you should definitely do one 🙂 I feel like I already feel better about myself just by setting the challenge 🙂 Thanks again for your comment lovely 🙂 xx

  2. February 26, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    Hey, I’ve also been a member of slimming world for almost the last year and it can be so hard sometimes! Life just gets in the way, I find it helpful to set mini targets. I love the idea of your 30 day self love challenge.

    Rachel xxx

    rachloves.co.uk

    • Stephloves
      Author
      February 26, 2018 / 10:14 pm

      Hey lovely. Thank you for your comment 🙂 I find that easier to be honest as well. I have a wedding in 5 weeks so that’s one mini target for me and then my brothers wedding in May so that’s another. I hope your journey is going well at the moment lovely and I wish you all the best. <3 xxx

  3. February 27, 2018 / 11:34 am

    Really nice post, I hope it goes well for you! Might even try it myself, everyone deserves some self-loving sometimes☺️

    • Stephloves
      Author
      February 27, 2018 / 11:53 am

      Thank you lovely. Absolutely! I’d definitely recommend it. I feel better already just doing a challenge for myself. 🙂 xx

  4. February 27, 2018 / 12:13 pm

    I can relate in so many ways! I absolutely LOVE the sticky note idea and like @autumnyearlong you have inspired me for a March 30 day challenge idea too. Great post girl! Look forward to reading more! 🤗

    • Stephloves
      Author
      February 27, 2018 / 12:15 pm

      Haha I just thought it could be a little something to remind me first thing in a morning and any time I’m getting ready that I must love myself more. 🙂 It’s making a difference so far so that’s good 😀 I’m amazed it’s inspiring people. I’d love to see if other people set themselves challenges and what they’ll decide will work for them 😀 thank you lovely <3 xxx

  5. February 27, 2018 / 10:13 pm

    I relate to this in so many ways – I too struggle with self-love for a long time.. but I’m beginning to love myself more.. and Im confident you will be able to, too! Baby steps, this challenge idea is a great one! Chin up love, you are beautiful and you are loved, always. 😊❤️

    • Stephloves
      Author
      February 27, 2018 / 10:15 pm

      Bless you babe. Thank you so much lovely. This is the sweetest comment. Baby steps is so true 😊 you are beautiful and loved too hun 😘💕

  6. February 28, 2018 / 11:28 am

    This is such an amazing post! Self love is really hard, especially when there’s the addition of body image issues. It’s great that you’re challenging yourself for the month. I wish you good luck with it!

    • Stephloves
      Author
      February 28, 2018 / 1:23 pm

      Such a lovely comment. And so true. Thank you so much hun xxx

  7. February 28, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    This is a wonderful challenge to start! Self-care is extremely important for our well being.

    • Stephloves
      Author
      February 28, 2018 / 1:23 pm

      Thank you hun. I couldn’t agree more xxx

    • Stephloves
      Author
      February 28, 2018 / 7:56 pm

      Aww thank you so much. It really is!

      I will definitely check that out. <3 xxx

  8. March 1, 2018 / 6:21 am

    Love this post, so relatable for me at the moment Im having a lot of those same kind of feeling at the moment. Love you compliment notes thats such a good idea. Look forward to seeing more of the challenge on your Instagram 🙂

    • Stephloves
      Author
      March 1, 2018 / 1:54 pm

      Thanks hun. I’m so glad so many people are relating to this post. xx

  9. Jerome & Lucy
    March 4, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    Hi Steph, This sort of insightful article would be so welcome on our site, too!

  10. March 20, 2018 / 7:53 am

    Hey Steph.. I have come across your post at such a wonderful time when I so very much need to love myself more. I am in my 20s and I feel this phase is so crucial to mould a better image about yourself. I love how you have made challenge guideline. I am so going to try that out!

    I write about self care and random topics that happen in my life at my blog site http://www.dirtypearlsblog.com. I started it as an attempt to make myself and also others feel better! It would be great if you could visit and read the posts sometime..

    have a great day 🙂

    • Stephloves
      Author
      March 20, 2018 / 7:55 am

      Hey lovely. I’m glad this is helping you out.

      I’ll definitely check your blog out once I get in the office.

      Hope you have a lovely day xx

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