Greetings, Mission Makeover Viewers:

This week’s episode was a particularly fun one because now that we’re ten weeks in to our program, we get to help our contestants match their outer-selves to their new and improved inner-selves.

For months, our ladies have been on a journey to lose weight, get fit, and dramatically change their thinking and life-style patterns. With that come some awesome bonuses: Renewed energy, improved health, and, of course, improved appearance! Everything about our ladies is being transformed; and it was a great pleasure to watch their makeovers externalized in the forms of new clothing, skin care, hair, and make-up.

I’ve worked with countless clients looking to improve their health and fitness; and through that—and my own personal battles with weight and body image—I’ve learned a few things about the inner affects that physical transformations can have. It’s wonderful to look and feel your best; but with that, you need to be prepared for the following:

  • People may treat you differently than before. I’m talking about everyone, from strangers to friends and family. Although you’re still the same old you, expect to be spoken to, looked at, and regarded in a different way than before. You may get more respect and opportunities. It may anger you…it may flatter you…it may embarrass you…or all three. But if you’re prepared for this, it is less likely to throw you off track when it happens.
  • You’re going to want to dress differently. Yes, of course, I’m talking about smaller sizes. (That is necessary.) But you’re also going to want to experiment with newer, perhaps younger looks…things you couldn’t wear before, because they didn’t come in your size or flatter your old body type. A word to the wise: Dress appropriately for your age, career, and role in your family, and watch your wallet. It’s easy to overspend when you’re excited about the new you; but a few quality pieces can go a long way and be mixed and matched. Remember, too, that all of us are on a perpetual fitness journey. Your body type will still change. Do yourself a favor and keep your spending in check.
  • You no longer have the weight to hide behind. Yes, I said it. I don’t know what it is that caused you to gain and retain extra weight, but I do know this: The overweight you became a part of you. It was an excuse to not to do certain things — like date or go to the beach. It was a reason for you to feel sad and badly about yourself. Be prepared to feel a whole range of emotions as you get comfortable with your new body. As I’ve said from the beginning, the mental piece of weight-loss can never be underestimated.

I’m a big believer in treating yourself daily as you strive for self-improvement. While facials and massages are always incredible luxuries, that’s neither the norm nor doable for most of us. Instead I recommend things like this, done purposefully. Make sure you are deliberately rewarding yourself:

  • Sipping your favorite tea while listening to your favorite music or reading catalogs and magazines.
  • A phone call (not text or email) to one of your closest, most supportive friends.
  • Taking the time to massage your own feet and hands with your favorite moisturizer before bed.
  • A ten-minute visit outdoors to listen to and take in nature.
  • Meditation and deep breathing.
  • A long, sweet smelling, warm bath.
  • Losing yourself in an amazing page-turner.
  • Getting silly with your children or pets.
  • Putting aside a few hours to binge watch an exciting new television series.

Treat yourself to continue to prove to yourself that you’re worth it, that you hold yourself in high regard, and that you’re proud of everything you have and will done.

Enjoy, relax, and I’ll see you next week,

Dr. Jessica