I want you to forget all about your current diet plan and the spinning class you will one day conquer (even if it kills you).  Now forget everything you know about diet food and exercise and quick weight loss schemes.  Forget all about calorie counting and colonic irrigation. Instead, I want you to think of only one thing.   Ready?  The ONLY thing I want on your mind right now is LOVE.  Yeah, really!

If I asked you to name the people you love most in the whole world, who would make the cut?  Would it be your spouse?  I bet your children would be at the top of your list, so would your parents and siblings. How about Brad Pitt (I’m more partial to George Clooney, but to each her own!)?  Maybe you love your best friend who knows all your deep dark secrets and still hangs out with you, or your ninth grade teacher who ignited your lifelong obsession with 11th century Russian poetry, or your butcher who always saves you the best cuts of beef and calls you “young lady”?

I’m sure your list of loved ones is probably quite long. But I bet you dollars to donuts (trans-fat free, baked-not-fried, of course), that your list would not be complete no matter how many people you name.  How do I know that if I don’t even know you personally?  Well, because what I do know, is that most of us who are chronically struggling with weight loss have a very hard time loving the indisputably, undeniably, single MOST important person in our lives. Can you guess who it is?

Y O U !!!!

Yes, Y-O-U, YOU! That funny, quirky, kind, wonderful, beautiful, smart, capable lady you go to bed with every night and wake up with every morning.  So, Jes, you ask, why is loving myself so essential to permanent weight loss? Good question! For the answer, stay tuned to next installment of The Weigh In….


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