Can I get very real with you for a moment?
If you’re here, reading this, then it’s because you’re either involved in Herbalife or somehow directly or indirectly linked to someone who is. You might be here because you got here by accident, or maybe you were searching for answers to your lifestyle management issues. You might be here because December is around the corner and you’re freaking about about your summer body.
It doesn’t really matter why you are here, I’m just glad that you are.
I hope that you’ll indulge me for a moment. I would like to strip myself down a bit and allow my vulnerability to show – possibly a little too much. I just have something important to say, and it cannot be said from behind walls.
If you, yes you, are here because you are ready to make a change to your wellbeing, your health your lifestyle, I want you to do something very important for me first.
I want you to give yourself a break. Stop beating yourself up about your thighs. Stop staring at your double chin in disgusted judgement. Stop lambasting yourself for each and every perceived imperfection on your person.
You are beautiful. You truly are. The lumps and bumps are just lumps and bumps. The inability to run around the block? That’s just a weakness. So what? Your freckles. Your pale skin. Your chicken arms. Your stringy hair. Your knobbly toes. These are just things. They have no real value.
You have real value.
So just stop. Love yourself. Embrace yourself. Dare to call yourself beautiful. Give yourself a moment to really look at yourself through the eyes of an artist. You are beautiful.
Because you know what? You can keep beating yourself up about everything that’s wrong, or you can love yourself enough to start making the right choices.
Let’s start our morning with yoga because we love ourselves. Let’s go and sweat it out at Fit Club because we love ourselves. Let’s change some of the dangerously bad habits because we love ourselves.
We are indirectly taught at a young age how to submerse ourselves in self-loathing. We go from innocent children, unaware of our (mostly non-existent!) imperfections, to suddenly having to deal with the pressure of peer acceptance. For many of us this does not work out very well. Sometimes the people around us teach us very quickly how to hate ourselves, and then we spend years perfecting that art. We spend our time comparing ourselves to others, and we hardly ever allow ourselves the luxury of giving ourselves a break. We deny ourselves the joy of going to the beach because we do not approve of how we look in our bathing suits. We deny ourselves the body & soul happiness that comes from doing all sorts of things (dancing, running, going to the gym, playing sports we love) because we have learned to be afraid of making fools of ourselves. How much do we miss out on simply because we are too hard on ourselves? Because we refuse to forgive ourselves for not being perfect?
So right now…how about you and me give ourselves a break? How about we embrace our not-so-perfect thighs and baby-stretched bellies and love ourselves anyway? Because you know what? That love can play a huge role in helping us get to where we want to be.
Herbalife (and life in general) is not about turning you into a stick-thin model with zero imperfections. Herbalife is about helping you reach your Level 10. And your Level 10 has nothing to do with anybody else. You’re not going to get there while you’re throwing hate at yourself. It may not necessarily be scientific, but I do sometimes believe that self-hate is more damaging to our healthy lifestyle efforts than chocolate is. It is detrimental to your health in the way disease can be detrimental to your health.
So today, you and I are going to stop that, ok? And when we forget, we are going to remind each other. Can we show ourselves the same kindness that we so freely give to others? Because I’d kind of like my kids to be kind to themselves. And I’d really like my family members to be kind to themselves. And my friends. And all of my Herbalife my team members. Some of us just need a little help sometimes.
Let’s focus on our Level 10 for one reason and one reason only: because we love our bodies.
There’s no place for hate within these bright green walls anyway!