Sunday, January 23, 2011

Treat Yourself!

January 23, 2011
Guilt-Free Self-Love
Leo Daily Horoscope

You may find yourself wanting to make purchases today to satisfy an inner craving. It’s important that you don’t judge yourself for having such a desire. Instead, you may want to take this an opportunity to go inward and find out what it is that you truly need. Rather than ignoring your feelings by finding short-term gratification, consider how you can truly satisfy yourself. Give yourself permission to fulfill your genuine craving. Remember that it is up to us to give ourselves what we need. While buying something today might make us feel good momentarily, it isn’t always the best solution. Then again, perhaps making a purchase is exactly what you need to do for yourself today. If that is the case, then give yourself permission to do so.

When we honor our needs and give ourselves permission to fulfill them, we no longer have to look outside of ourselves for fulfillment. From the time we are children, many of us are taught that giving to ourselves is selfish and self-centered. We may even repress our true needs. In our attempt to deny our genuine need for love and attention, we may fulfill ourselves in unhealthy ways. We may make purchases and feel guilty about them afterward, instead of understanding that we deserve to buy nice things for ourselves. We may eat more than we really want to because we don’t want to admit to ourselves that we deserve to be loved. Giving to ourselves is a loving act that is essential to our well-being. Feel guilt-free and deserving as you give to yourself today, and you will find yourself feeling sated.

Oooh, does this mean I have permission to go shoe shopping?!! Seriously, my horoscope resonated with me today, made the do a little thinking about guilt and self-love (or lack of it) and how often we turn to food to fill voids when perhaps it's not food we're craving after all.

You all know that I'm big on rewarding myself, especially for weight loss. I treat myself to something small every week on weigh-in day, no matter how much I've lost, and I don't feel a bit guilty about it. After all, I'm working my proverbial butt off to lose weight, weighing and measuring and planning, hopping on the treadmill, walking around the block, etc. etc, don't I deserve kudos for all of that hard work? Sure I do, and you do, too!

So today I'm going to take myself shopping, maybe without leaving the house. I might just sit here in my Mu-mu slippers and satin gown, surf the internet until I find something that catches my fancy. Maybe a new workout outfit, or an exercise dvd to keep me motivated. Or perhaps something fun & fluffy - a sexy nightie to show off my new curves? (You all know which option Beren's voting for!) Or how about some new tunes for my workout playlist? Or, I just might hop in the car and head to the flea market, see what vintage treasure awaits me there, stop at the farmers market on the way home for fresh fruit & veggies. Either way, I'll be treating my inner pin-up to something lovely today, how about you?

Have a Beauty-Full Day,

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