Although forgiveness is most commonly linked to our relationships with others, I find that self-forgiveness has the greatest impact on how we live our lives and whether or not we are able to make long-lasting positive changes. If you grew up in family like mine, you may have a deeply ingrained sense of guilt attached to choices you make or have made that are “bad” decisions. I certainly struggle with this! I can tell you that your choices were the right ones for that moment in time and if you are reading this, you have learned from what you deem to be your mistakes. In all likelihood, you are stronger, braver and certainly much smarter because of all of the challenges you’ve faced.
Learning the very valuable skill of forgiving yourself will not only help you achieve your weight loss goals but it will help you live a more balanced, fulfilling and overall happier life. Forgiveness is acceptance of your humanness. We all ebb and flow and make missteps and being able to let go of your attachment to “right” or “wrong” behaviors will give way to a clearer path for you.
HCG is a wonderful way of creating this fresh start for our clients. We all love that feeling of a new beginning that is full of hope. Generally, when you begin these new chapters in your life, you are going it alone. That is what makes our program so successful. You have me to coach you through your journey! Throughout these blog posts I will be explaining the concept of the HCG program and the details of how the program is laid out. For now, your homework for the next week is to assess where you are in your life and pick one thing each day to forgive yourself for. Believe me, it gets addicting! You have my full permission to let go of ALL the guilt. You don’t need it and it is not helping you!
Wishing you a beautiful week of self-love!
– Jenny Bettencourt, Office Manager, HCG Coach