The Drill Sgt. makes it very hard for you to love yourself because he keeps telling you everything that is wrong with you and why you will never get to where you want to be. The problem is you believe him. You’ve been listening to him for so long that you don’t even realize that there is another part of you in there who actually has the power to do things differently. It’s time to begin to connect with that piece of yourself and to allow that part to invite the Drill Sgt. to share with you his concerns in a way that allows you to hear them without harm. ?
It’s clear if you want to have success in letting go of using food to cope, you have to first address the connection you have with yourself. You have to love and regard yourself positively before you’ll really care enough about yourself to change your coping behaviours and make honoring choices around food, friendship and self-care. Loving yourself means that you believe you are worthwhile.