I truly believe that the Serenity Prayer, used in AA and other support groups, fits perfectly for people with body issues.
Here's my version of the Serenity Prayer for weight loss.
"God grant me the strength to stick to a healthy lifestyle. Give me the will to persevere and change the things I can and accept the things that I can't. And the wisdom to tell the difference."
I can change my body into a healthy, fuel efficient machine. It can be smaller and sleeker and stronger. But no matter what I do, I can not be in my 20s again. I cannot change my body type into one of those slight elf like creatures. I can't get any taller. And my face will always have chubby cheeks.
So why spend precious time and energy bemoaning the aspects that I cannot change. Next time you get discouraged, think of this post and say my Serenity Prayer. Save your energy for the stuff you actually can change and let God bless us with the acceptance to love ourselves as we are.
Weekly weigh in 152.2 -1.8 lbs