1. Feel Good About Yourself Today
Be sure the people around you make you feel good about you no matter what your size or health condition. In addition, if close friends encourage you to smoke, overeat, or drink too much, find some new friends who have good health habits and also want a healthier you.
Elaine Magee, MPH, Rd, author of more than 20 books, says don’t get hung up on pounds or what size dress you are wearing.
“Instead, focus on being healthy from the inside out,” Magee says. “Eat well, and exercise regularly. And remember that you can be sexy and look and feel fabulous and not be thin.”
2. Rethink Your Role Model
Barbie’s still the first role model many young girls are drawn to. But let’s be honest. For most of us to look like Barbie, we’d have to be nearly 6 feet tall, shrink our waist size by 8 inches, move the excess inches up to our chests, and then pose in the “suck in the gut/high heel” position all the time. Come on! There’s a better way to live our lives than pretending.
Select positive role models. Choose role models that help you feel good about who you are, rather than ones who make you feel bad. Find a female role model who is strong, healthy — and real!