Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Improve Your Body Image

Improve your body image - you'll look at yourself differently!

Think of your body, what image do you get? What thoughts come to mind? Do you focus on the things you like or dislike? Most people focus on the things they don't like. If you are like so many that struggle with their weight you might find it difficult, or don't even know how, to work toward a better relationship with your own body. But you can learn to accept and appreciate yourself.

A healthy lifestyle isn't just about exercising and eating better, it's also about accepting and embracing your body and treating it well. It's about celebrating each milestone you've achieved in getting to your ideal weight, not waiting until you get to the final goal and then celebrating. If you notice your clothes are fitting loser or you have more energy, celebrate it! It's about staying motivated in order to achieve success. It's important to notice all the steps along the way, not just the final destination.

Remember that not many people fit the "supermodel" standard of beauty, but that is what we see on TV and in magazines all the time. It can make you feel like you aren't measuring up, or make you feel inferior about your body image. First of all, look around you, how many people do you see in the real world that look like that, not many - right, so don't compare your body image to theirs. Each one of us has at least one good thing about us we like, let's start with that and build on how we can improve our images inside and outside. Like the song says "One Day At A Time".

Let's start this week paying particular attention to the messages we send ourselves about our body image. If they are mostly negative, replace them with more self-accepting thoughts. Take a good long look in the mirror and find the things about your body you like and say them out loud. Start thinking of your body as something special that deserves your great care and attention, your worth it!

Blessing for a Glorious Day!

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