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Calling a truce with my body

Thursday, November 28, 2013

I heard on a podcast the other day this one personal trainer's approach to weight loss. His fundamental idea is that a person needs to call a truce with his or her body. His approach is that a person must have self-acceptance, that it is vital to the weight-loss journey.

I've begun to accept my body a little bit lately. I am much more overweight still than I think looks good, but I'm starting to say to my body, "You've been coping the very best you could with the system you were born into. Eating was a coping mechanism--a way to preserve some very precious parts of my personality. Now I'm learning new ways to express parts of me that I never felt safe to express before. You're exactly where you're supposed to be."

When I get really down (due to not accepting myself) and I can't seem to get out of it, I am still trudging along one snack at a time, one meal at a time, one glass of water at a time, one workout at a time, one day at a time.


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    Happy Thanksgiving to you - although a bit late. You will call a truce with your body when you realize that "body" is only part of who you are. I like to joke that no matter how much I exercise and how little I eat, I will never be 5'7" with blond, straight hair. I will always be a little bit of a dumpy person with wild, crazy Medusa hair. So that's me. But it's not all of me and certainly doesn't define my worth in the world. Someone - a coworker - told me yesterday that I would live a long life because "you are so full of life and love." It took me aback. I always feel like I'm struggling to keep my head above water.

    Let someone else be your mirror for a bit and see if you can see your worth through other eyes. I'm so glad we're friends!!
    1543 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    I think there is a lot of truth to that statement. It is hard to accept how we are at a time when we don't like the way we look but I do think it helps to move forward so you can get where you want to be. And you are right, WE. CAN. DO. THIS.
    1545 days ago
  • WALNUTT1961
    Self- acceptance is hard. It has just been the last couple of years that I have been able to do this. I am much happier with myself now. I wish my younger self would have done this!

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    1547 days ago
    Sometimes when I'm being really hard on myself I think, "Would I allow a friend to talk to me like this? Would I agree with my friend if she talked like this about herself?" Of course not! That helps me with self-compassion.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    1550 days ago
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