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The inner critic in our head is often running the show. Keep a lookout for the voice that rips you down. Replace it with the voice of your inner cheerleader—the one that builds you up.

Every day—morning and night, while brushing your teeth—look into your eyes and talk to yourself as if you are a loving parent. Compliment yourself. Say out loud things like: "I am proud of you." "You are beautiful." "I love you." "You are so strong." "You are doing your best."

Even if it feels silly or like a lie…say it. Keep doing it until you believe it. Nothing about you or your weight has to change to love yourself. That is the place to start.
FROM: Obese Families in Crisis: The Intervention
Published on January 26, 2009

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