How to Feel Better About Yourself This Year

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Last year I worked really hard on improving myself in a lot of different ways. I worked on feeling better about my physical appearance, and I worked on feeling better about myself as a mom and a wife, and I worked on feeling better about my life and where it was taking me. I did really well for most of the year. I got myself into a positive mindset. I rid my life of as much negativity as possible. And I started working out so I could lose some weight and get fit. I set goals for myself and accomplished many of them.

However, in November I had surgery on my foot which required me to be non-weight-bearing for 8 weeks. Being unable to work out or do much of anything really, I ended up gaining back all the weight I had lost before my surgery. I saw it happening and it sort of threw me into a downward spiral mentally and emotionally. All that hard work I’d put in, all the healthy eating I had done, all the exhausting daily workouts, and it had all come undone in a matter of weeks. It’s heartbreaking, and as I sit here and type this, I’m getting emotional about it. The thing I need to keep reminding myself though is that I can do it again. And since I won’t have my constant foot pain to worry about that held me back from doing some of the workouts I wanted to do before, such as running, I will be able to do it even better!

I have another couple of months probably before I can start doing any high-impact workouts because my foot is still healing, but I’m in the market for an exercise bike so that I can get back into the habit of daily workouts and start getting back in shape while I’m waiting for my foot to be 100% healed.

In addition to that, here is a list of some other things I’m going to do to feel better about myself this year, and they’re things that you can do too!

Make a list of my goals. I’m going to write down every single thing I want to accomplish this year, big and small. It’s so much easier to achieve a goal when you can hold yourself accountable for it, and writing down your goals will help you to do this. I actually have a blog post about setting goals that you can read here.

Eat healthy food. I did really well with eating healthy and cutting all the junk out of my diet. I kind of fell off the wagon after my surgery, which contributed to my weight gain, so I need to get back to eating food that is good for me again. You will be amazed at how much better you will feel just by eliminating processed foods and junk from your diet. I miss eating healthy. Most people associate eating healthy with eating food that has no taste, but you will be surprised at the things you can eat that are good for you and taste delicious, too! In fact, if you sign up for my newsletter (to the right of this post if you are on a computer, or scroll down to the bottom if you’re mobile), you will instantly receive an email with my 5 favorite healthy meals!

Get a new hairstyle. Changing something simple like the way you wear your hair can do amazing things for your self-image and your self-confidence. Last summer I went to a salon to get a new hairstyle and I changed the color of my hair and I felt wonderful afterward! I haven’t done a thing with my hair in the last few months, so my grays are showing and my hair is shedding so bad it’s driving me nuts. I think it’s time for something shorter with a good color to hide these gray hairs!

Have a positive mindset. I really need to focus on this one. All those negative thoughts just drag me down and hold me back from achieving my goals and dreams. I have a post on this topic that may help to inspire you to get yourself into a positive mindset. You can read that here.

These are all things that will help you to feel better about yourself and through doing these things you will get a better understanding of who you are as a person and what you want out of life. It’s never too late to make a change. You just have to believe in yourself.

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