Wellness comes in all shapes and sizes! I tend to not focus on weight loss as a primary goal with my clients. This is because weight is usually not the primary challenge people are facing. I have found that focusing on body acceptance and self-love to be far more effective in creating lasting, positive change in a person's health. Yes, often weight loss is a result of making positive changes, but it is actually more of a side-effect from an increase in self-acceptance.
Why self-acceptance? How can we accept the unacceptable?
Because we can't change something without first accepting that it is how it is. We must first acknowledge our current circumstances - without judgement - before we can take effective action to change them.
Accepting ourselves, as we are, fully and without judgment, is not always an easy task. It can start with realizing that we are so much more than the number on the scale or our pant size.
My primary goal for all my clients is optimal wellness: this means how we feel in our bodies and about ourselves as a whole. Are we living our best lives? Are we driven by stress and shame, convinced that we must do more in order to be good enough?
Or do we feel good in our own skin? Can we smile at ourselves in the mirror? Do we find joy in our daily lives, confident in our abilities to meet whatever the day may bring?
Wellness means celebrating our bodies and ourselves, exactly as they are, in this moment, right now. There are so many positive things about *every* body - let's start acknowledging those things now. And as we do, it becomes easier to create even more positive changes in our lives, for ourselves. Not because we need to change to be good enough, but because we love ourselves so much that we see how capable we really are and feel inspired to show that to the world and to ourselves.