Can you do me a favor? Pretty please! Go to Carrie’s blog at Moves ‘N Munchies and check out her blog post on body image and how women view their bodies. I love her blog as it is, but I really think this was one of the most powerful blog posts I’ve read in a long time.
I’ve dealt with body image issues for quite a few years now. I know what it’s like to look in the mirror and hate what you see. I know what it’s like to compare yourself to every other girl you see. I know what it’s like to open up a magazine and wish with all your heart that you looked like one of the models or featured actresses. And I know I’m not alone. Negative body image is not an easy thing to overcome, but it is possible. And I don’t think women are the only ones that suffer from this disease. Yes, it’s a disease. Trust me.
Over the past year or so, I’ve made a conscious effort to really eliminate negative self-talk and negative self-thoughts from my life. I used to roll my eyes when I would read or hear things like, “You really have to love yourself first.” The old me honestly used to think, “What crap!” But it’s SO SO SO true. When you love yourself, you take care of yourself and your needs. Again, this is not an easy battle to fight, but it’s worth it because I now know that I’m worth it.
Sorry for getting all serious today, but I REALLY feel passionate and strongly about this topic. Most all of us have dealt with this issue, and it’s not an easy thing to talk about. So if you will, please do me another favor. Before going to bed tonight, write down 5 things you love about you. Save that piece of paper and pull it out whenever you feel that negative self-talk creeping into your thoughts. Why? Because YOU are worth it!
Do you or have you ever suffered from this “disease?” How are you or how did you overcome it?