If you have spent anytime with me since my weight loss surgery, you heard me talk about my “tool belt”. Throughout my adult life, I felt that a wall existed between me and being healthy. I found climbing the wall or completely tearing it down was too difficult (a subject for another time). However, I could knock out some bricks and build a door. My belt needed to hold every tool I would need to make that opening. Some of my tools have been education, weight loss surgery, a supportive husband, counseling, yoga, and a strong support system. One of the most important tools has been self-acceptance.

I have attached a link to an article on ABOUT’s Calorie Count Website titled “Accepting Yourself” by Diane Petrella, MSW, CPCC. Explaining self-acceptance can be very difficult but I think Ms. Petrella does an excellent job in this article.



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