I know it may be difficult to be thinking of Spring right now and yet it will be here in no time. The seasons around the corner generally means that our bodies are more on display and we may feel particularly vulnerable if our body is even a fraction off of the culturally defined Perfect 10. Focusing on the ways our body serves us and how we can serve it, helps us to accept — yes, even love — our bodies and stop obsessing about their appearance.
Take this quiz, answering True or False to the following statements, to find out how well you love your body. Our own opinion of ourselves influences others’ opinions of us much more than we realize.
True or False
1. I appreciate that my arms enable me to hold someone I love, that my thighs enable me to run.
2. I wear comfortable clothes that I really like and that feel good to my body, rather than trying to hide or camouflage my body or to follow uncomfortable fashion trends.
3. I judge myself as a whole person, not just as a body.
4. I do things that let me enjoy my body — dance, take a hot bath, walk, get a massage.
5. I act the way I would if I had a perfect body.
6. I notice that the appearance of people I admire is unimportant to their success and accomplishments.
7. I do things I enjoy and don’t let my weight or shape keep me from it.
8. I tell my body at night how much I appreciate what it has allowed me to do throughout the day.
9. I exercise to feel good and love my body, not to lose weight.
10. I count my blessings, not my blemishes.
11. I think of my body as a source of pleasure.
12. I only wear clothes that give me feelings of power, beauty and comfort.
13. I consider myself the expert on my body — not the fashion magazines, the cosmetics industry, the weight tables.
14. I am as “in love” with my body as an infant is.
15. I think of my body as a tool, as an instrument of my life, not just as an ornament.
16. I act as though I am my body’s ally and advocate, not its enemy.
17. I listen to my body and take its needs and wishes into consideration when making decisions.
18. I refuse to waste time criticizing my body or worrying about my appearance, and instead spend my time on something more precious or productive.
19. When someone says, “You look great today,” I enthusiastically respond, “Why, thank you so much!”
How did you do? If you found yourself answering False more than a few times, no worries, help is here.
You may find yourself more satisfied with your body and yourself if you aim for lifestyle mastery, rather than mastery over your body, weight, or appearance. Lifestyle mastery has to do with developing your unique gifts and potential, expressing yourself, developing meaningful relationships, learning how to solve problems, establishing goals and contributing to life.
Here are some things you will get from our connecting…
• you will begin to take back your power and take control of your health.
• you will develop a more peaceful relationship with food, the scale
and most importantly your body.
• you will discover the happy, healthy person YOU are.
You CAN Let Go of Those Destructive Thoughts and Behaviors
That Lead You to Food and Self Abuse!
I am in totally support of your health and healing.
I hope you are too.
You don’t have to figure out how to do lifestyle mastery alone. That is why I do this work. Because learning to love yourself does not have to be hard, difficult or painful…it can be deep, revealing, playful, and even fun! Let’s turn the false answers into TRUE answers because you are worth it. Let’s talk. All you have to do is book 20 minutes with me and we can look at some options to support you as you move forward in self-love. I welcome talking to you.
Quiz content used with permission, © Claire Communication