“Surrender” does NOT mean giving up but rather, accepting yourself as valuable and worthy, right where you are today, and at your current size. When you accept yourself the way you are now, you stop fighting yourself. When you stop fighting yourself, that’s when real transformation can begin.
For example, start to think of exercise as something you do for your body to feel good and not as a self-punishment for eating too much chocolate. This will help you to find activities that you enjoy and not just those that burn the most calories. When you enjoy exercise, you stick with it and exercise becomes part of your lifestyle.
Shift your focus from self-punishment to self-care.
You know what else will happen if you surrender? You will gain motivation by what your body can DO and not just how it looks. One push up turns into five push-ups and your confidence grows by looking at how you are improving and not just looking at the scale. Ultimately, building habits that are born of activities you enjoy will make a huge change in your outer appearance and overall health.
Anna Vickroy of Ultra Spective Photography defines this loving approach to health as “intuitive self-care” in that “the motivation comes from love within yourself, not because you’re trying to beat yourself up to be more like someone else, be smaller or more worthy.”
When we come from a place of surrender we are already valuable and worthy.