Self evaluation is one of the best places to start any new undertaking, particularly if you are considering making significant changes in your life. It is extremely helpful to understand how you got where you are today, so you know what you need to work on to get to where you'd like to be in the future. Dieting and exercise are of course great, but weight loss can be so much more successful when you realize and then intentionally change those specific habits that led to your weight gain in the first place.
The following self evaluation exercise is just a starting point for you. Get out a notebook or your favorite journal and really explore these questions in depth. Feel free to come up with your own questions and take a good hard look at yourself. Nobody ever has to read your answers, so be brutally honest and let it all out. Have a tissue box ready if needed. This can be extremely therapeutic. Letting go of emotions can sometimes even pave the way for letting go of the weight that was protecting you from feeling the pain. So feel it. Acknowledge it. Understand it. Then bless it for the lessons it had to teach you, whether you know right now what those lessons are or not, and bid it farewell. It is time to move on.
* P.S. I was very large, and being slender again seemed so far away. And yet I KNEW I could do it!! I held onto that belief even when week after week went by and I still woke up in a big body. Then my clothes were looser, and parts of my body started feeling smaller, and my belief just skyrocketed! I began waking up in a smaller and smaller body feeling ecstatic that my new slender self was right around the corner – AND I DID IT!!! SO CAN YOU!!! Take a chance and just BELIEVE IT!!!
Letter writing can be another powerful tool for self evaluation. Sometimes when we just write freely and express ourselves without any structure, the most amazing insights come up.
Consider writing a letter to your future slender self. Perhaps expand upon a few of the self evaluation questions above. Or just explain to yourself how much you want to lose weight and why. The stronger your motivation, the stronger your likelihood of sticking with your new way of healthy eating, no matter what obstacles or temptations present themselves!
Make it fun! Use your very best stationery and fancy pens or decorate it with colored markers and inspiring pictures cut out from magazines. You are worth it! Roll it up and wrap it in a beautiful ribbon. Put a reasonable future date on it and put it in a time capsule that you will only open after that date. Give yourself a precious gift to celebrate your future success and put it in your time capsule along with your letter. You will have something wonderful to look forward to when the date arrives!