Self-love with lipedema: My 4 most important learnings

I'm writing today my most honest and personal blog post to date. I'm in tears and feeling cold as I feel sweat forming under my armpits. Writing these lines to you makes me really nervous. I am touched by my own change. Despite lipedema and separation from a long-term relationship, I have found my way to more self-love.

My “love and self-love low”

I'm 33, single and childless. In April 2019, when I got together with my boyfriend at the time, I thought that I had now achieved everything, that I could plan the wedding and think about children's names. But in May of last year the point came where I realized that I was no longer living my truth. I was afraid of breaking up and “starting over.” After all, a breakup would take me so far away from my supposed goal.

I was afraid of having less love in my life.

Phew. Goosebumps all over my body as I write this. Tears again. Today I know that this is not the case. I have so much love in my life now that my head is just starting to tingle, as I formulate this thought. Spoiler: At the time I'm writing this, I'm still single. But I moved out last year and I have found love in so many other places than in a relationship

I traveled to Italy alone, moved into a shared apartment (yes, there are those for over 30s too and it's nice to not be alone with your grief), went to concerts alone (it's still weird, but I love the music), did everything crying all around me - over and over again, writing things down and burning them and wrote a diary for hours. 

Maybe this sounds a bit cheesy, but I went through the fire of anger at myself and disappointment of my unfulfilled dreams and today I can proudly say: I rose like the phoenix from the ashes.

Hello, self-love phoenix

Now I go to sports regularly (even once a week is regular 😉), I started my own business, I've built up the circle of friends I've wanted for so long, I dance anytime and anywhere simply because I'm so happy and I regularly think sentences like “I love my life”.

Yesterday I stood in front of the mirror and styled myself for a photo shoot. As I looked at myself and smiled, tears suddenly came to my eyes. Who was that woman beaming at me? 

Do you also want a little more love in your own life? It doesn't always have to be a big change, The small steps you can take every day are much more important.

What does self-love have to do with language?

Words create reality. Do you already talk to yourself the way you talk to your best friend? If not, try this out. It can also help to make people around you aware that they can tell you if you don't talk well about yourself. You'll be surprised how often this happens. It's amazing how often people talk badly about themselves. I notice this most with “I am” sentences. Even if you think you don't mean it, your subconscious hears you when you say things like "I'm stupid/bad/lazy" - Just because something goes unfavorable doesn't make you one of those things. Pay attention to that.

Therefore, talk to yourself as lovingly as if you were your own best friend. Maybe you will too?

As already written above, it is often the little things that make the difference. What helps me are the little routines in everyday life, because otherwise my life has been pure chaos in the last few months (nice chaos, but chaos). In addition to the things I have already described above, I would like to share four more tips with you:

Organize your life with one Planner, if …

  • ... you too, along with all your to-dos thinking of you want.
  • ... you finally again Peace of mindwant.
  • … you again Mistress of the situation want to be.
  • ... you everything - including yours self-management – want to keep an eye on it. 

Keep your thoughts, dreams, fears, self-doubts, aha moments and more all in one Diary fixed if...

  • ... you yourself self esteem, for everything DU you want to give every day.
  • ...who you want to pursue your inner development.
Self-love starts with food. The picture shows a vegan healthy pumpkin cake.

Show yourself love by cooking regularly - because YOU are worth it.

I choose vegan dishes because...

  • ... a plant-based diet can be anti-inflammatory and prevent lipedema pain.
  • ... I can really try things out here again.
  • ... because it is good for the environment and animals.

I really enjoy trying out new recipes and finding out more about vegan blogs and cookbooks, such as this vegan mindfulness cookbook “For Food & Love”

Skin care is part of self-love

Happened a few times in the last year... oops. My feet in particular suffered from this, but my legs and arms also yearned for more attention from time to time. So don't be like me if you...

  • ... want that your compression is good and you do NOT rub your thighs sore. (Important for dancing the night away)
  • ... you NOT with complete dry, broken feet want to walk through Italy for three weeks.

By the Power sprat skin care quiz you will find the right care for you.

Wow. Thanks! YOU have read this blog post to the end

and I really appreciate that. Even now there are already a few tears coming because this post about self-love is so close to my heart. I work at POWER SPROTTE, because I want to use my work to help YOU feel better – physically, but above all mentally. 

One last thing, a place where I have received a lot of love and encouragement over the last year is the Power Sprotte Concept Store and for that I am incredibly grateful.

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Author: Christine Bauer

Hello everyone, my name is a Christian and a lipoedema fighter from beautiful Augsburg. I received my lipoedema diagnosis back in 2014, but I didn't really accept it until the summer of 2022. Since then, I've delved deeper into the world of flat-knit compression and lipoedema every day. I produce text and image content for Power Sprotte and invite you to share my insights. I also love putting together fair fashion outfits that show off my compression.

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  • Such a beautiful and emotional blog! I just had tears in my eyes too. I felt like that once too. I used to have hardly any self-love, I was always fighting against something and ultimately against myself and my lipedema. Today I know that I can work so much better with self-love and can proudly say in front of the mirror: This is me and I am beautiful! I wish that for every woman, even with lipedema!