Episode 80: Self Care 2.0

On this episode of the Weight Loss for Food-Lovers podcast, Molly dives in to the concept of self-care 2.0—getting past the idea that self-care is all about massages and face masks and really looking at how deeper self-care can reveal our desires and jumpstart sustainable weight loss. When we satisfy our needs with extra food, alcohol, scrolling social media, or Netflix, what we’re actually doing is stuffing down those true desires for things like love, connection, rest, or a transition from one part of our day to the next. Those superficial forms of self-care are not all bad, but they fail to get at what we’re actually desiring as humans.

Molly introduces this idea of self-care 2.0 as a willingness to consider what you want out of your life. The desire for food is not the problem, but what are you actually desiring when you reach for that bag of chips? That desire may be for a new career, to be married, to go on a trip, to reach out to that person, or to accomplish a goal you’ve been putting off. If you’re confident in your ability to control what goes into your mouth, what else could you accomplish with your time and energy?

As you get more into self-care 2.0, you’ll discover that this type of self-care isn’t always pleasurable, in fact, it looks a lot like tough love. To wrap up this episode, Molly shares some of the hard things she does every week that set her up for success, including going to bet at 9pm so she can wake up at 5:15am to swim, planning out her schedule in advance, and not working on the weekends. What can you do for yourself this week that goes beyond the surface of self-care? Molly challenges her listeners to ask themselves what they truly desire instead of that extra food or alcohol.