I’ve been writing my book Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works since 2004. At that time, there were not any titles with that name when I googled it. Now you can find any number of blogs, books and presentations offering encouragement to love yourself!
In 2012, our Love Warrior Community group blog, Self-Love Warrior, was read in 92 countries!
I got excited when I went through the countries that people were reading our blog from and the following names came up: China, Jordan, Egypt, Argentina, Belarus, Ghana, Uganda, Namibia and Iceland!
4,197 people read our blog posts in the United States last year.
The second highest impact we’ve had is in Australia with 162 people, followed by Canada with 130 people. In the UK 110 people have been following our Love Warrior Community posts. It ignites my imagination to visualize what the two people in the Czech Republic look like who have been reading our posts.
It’s mind boggling to consider that as we sit at our computers sharing our Self-Love Diet message of regularly offering ourselves love, we are actually touching people around the world!
On this 4th day of the Self-Love Diet Writing Challenge my loving choice for today was clarified by a choice I made last night.
We had a 2nd Christmas last night with our family because our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter were in Maui for Christmas. My daughter brought peach pie and cookies over for dessert. I had a slice of peach pie and a cookie after we opened the presents. Not long afterwards I felt a huge drop in my energy and couldn’t keep my eyes open. In my compulsive overeating days this was a common experience. For over 15 years I abstained from sugar as part of my recovery from compulsive overeating. I believed that I was addicted to sugar, and if I ate it, I believed I would relapse into my old compulsive eating behaviors.
During my research and development of the Self-Love Diet, I’ve come to realize that I am not addicted to sugar, and have not relapsed into my old compulsive overeating behaviors when I allow myself to eat it occasionally. Last night’s combination of desserts must have been just too much for my system. I paid attention to my body, and made a mental note.
This evening, my husband and I had a date night and went to a Mexican restaurant for dinner. When we came home, my husband saw the cookies and said, “I’ve been eating too much sugar. I can’t eat any more or else I’ll gain more weight.”
This kind of thinking is very common for many people. It is in stark contrast to my Self-Love Diet lifestyle. When I saw the cookies tonight on the kitchen counter, I remembered my physical response last night and chose not to have one. This is so different from believing I can’t have one because it will make me gain weight. I chose not to have a cookie tonight because I was still satisfied from my dinner and because I remembered that it didn’t make me feel good from the night before. Instead of feeling deprived, I felt loved because I chose to love myself by not eating dessert when I was not hungry. My decision was based from listening to my body. That’s one gift that the Self-Love Diet has given me.
What loving things are you doing for yourself during our 31-day challenge? I hope you will consider submitting your self-love choices to the Love Warrior Community and join us in the Self-Love Writing Challenge.
Who knows, maybe the 2 people in the Czech Republic will be reading your story and be inspired to be more loving to themselves!
And, if you write the most self-love posts for this month you’ll get the added benefit of winning a free autographed copy of my book Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works.
Join us in the 31 Day Self-Love Writing Contest to win an autographed copy of Michelle Minero’s book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. Read through the Self-Love Posting Guidelines for inspiration on different ways you can focus on bringing more love into your life through the 7 paths of the Self-Love Diet. Read through 2012’s monthly Self-Love Writing Prompts for ideas on topics you can write about to help you focus more on loving yourself, and read through others’ self-love posts for inspiration at the bottom of the prompts page. Share your self-love journey with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Michelle Minero is a licensed marriage family therapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery. Michelle’s book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works, was published on January 23, 2013. You can purchase a copy through Amazon. Her dream is to see a world filled with people who love themselves and their bodies.
Michelle created an intensive outpatient eating disorder program in 2000, brought ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.) to Petaluma shortly after and founded EDRS (Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc.), a Marin and Sonoma County based 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2005.
In 2011, Michelle co-founded the Love Warrior Community with her daughter, Emelina, an online community that helps people cultivate self-love, self-acceptance and body acceptance through creative expression. Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter.