Navigating Weight Loss and Body Image: A Mindful Approach for Athletes
May 9, 2024

Hey there, champions of change! If you’re on a journey to shed some pounds and find a healthier relationship with your body, you’re in the right place. Today, I’m diving into the world of weight loss and body image, offering insights and strategies tailored specifically for athletes like you.

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First things first, let’s talk motivation. Why do you want to lose weight? Is it for aesthetic reasons, health concerns, or perhaps pressure from external sources like partners or doctors? Understanding your motivation is key to creating a plan that’s sustainable and aligned with your values.

Intrinsic motivation, driven by personal goals and desires, often leads to longer-lasting change. Extrinsic motivation, on the other hand, comes from external factors like societal expectations or pressure from others. It’s important to examine where your motivation is coming from and whether it truly aligns with your values and beliefs.

Now, let’s shift our focus to exercise. Developing a workout plan for someone who’s overweight and unmotivated can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Start by acknowledging each small step forward and celebrating every bit of progress, no matter how small.

Focus on your strengths and set achievable goals along the way. Normalizing setbacks is crucial – they’re a natural part of the process. Explore the reasons behind these setbacks and meet yourself where you are in your journey.

Embrace the concept of fat acceptance and body neutrality. Challenge societal standards of beauty and unrealistic expectations. Your worth isn’t determined by the number on the scale. It’s about feeling strong, confident, and empowered in your own skin.

Consider the stages of change and reflect on your readiness to make lasting shifts in your lifestyle. Motivational interviewing can help you explore your goals, values, and beliefs, paving the way for meaningful change.

Above all, prioritize your mental health and well-being. Enhance your self-esteem, cultivate a positive body image, and surround yourself with a supportive community. Remember, you’re not alone in this journey.

As you navigate the ups and downs of your weight loss journey, keep in mind the words of Susan Tenzer: “liberate yourself from a sense of powerlessness and worthlessness.” Embrace your strength, resilience, and inherent worthiness as an athlete and as a human being.

And always remember, your health is about more than just the number on the scale. It’s about nourishing your body, mind, and soul, and finding balance in every aspect of your life.

So here’s to embracing your unique journey, finding joy in movement, and celebrating the incredible athlete that you are. You’ve got this!

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Citations:

Tenzer, Susan. “Fat Acceptance Therapy (F.A.T.).” Women & Therapy, vol. 8, no. 3, 1989, pp. 39-47. DOI: 10.1300/J015V08N03_06.

Parham, Ellen S. “Promoting body size acceptance in weight management counseling.” Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol. 99, no. 8, Aug. 1999, pp. 920+. Accessed 23 Aug. 2023.

 

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