That it’s important to take good care of your body.
That our body does a lot for us, even though we’ve bashed it over and over and over.
That exercise is meant to be enjoyed, so you only practice the physical activities that are fun and truly make you feel good.
That you’ll still have days where you probably hate your body and your life. And that’s OK.
That your negative thoughts are not actions. So just because you feel bad about your body and want to restrict your food or over-exercise or miss that get-together doesn’t mean you will. It’s just a thought. You can choose to act on it or not.
That a positive body image means more than liking your thighs, butt and belly. That it encompasses not just taking good care of yourself but also honoring your body, respecting your boundaries and seeing doctors for regular appointments and when you’re sick.
That sleep does a mind and body good!
That you always have time to take care of yourself.
That you’re more than a few body parts. You’re an entire, amazing package.
That you’re worthy and deserving of respect at any size, shape or weight.
That weight loss isn’t a magical elixir for everything that’s wrong with your life.
That ads and magazines are preposterously Photoshopped so that the actual actresses and models don’t even look like that. That’s why they have to “train” so hard for their fashion shows. (And by train hard, I mean engage in super unhealthy habits.)
That eating is flexible and enjoyable.
That you can wear whatever the heck you like, not just supposedly slimming black clothes or bulky cardigans and sweatshirts.
That you don’t have to wait to lose weight to pursue your dreams. You can. do. it. right. now. (And I hope you will.)
That people who make mean remarks about your body are jerks, and their comments are more about them than you.
That just because everyone around you is dieting doesn’t mean it’s the healthiest thing to do. (If everyone was jumping off a cliff…just kidding.)
That your feelings are not scary or to be avoided at all costs. Instead, they provide you with valuable information about your needs and the actions you might want to take.
That having a positive body image is a process. Day by day. It might seem oh-so impossible at first but if you start small, it’ll improve.
That you deserve to love your body at any size, shape or weight!
Which means I’ll be alone in an entire building by myself (with the exception of one small meeting). Does anyone want to come hang out with me? We can watch movies and make food in the office kitchen. Or we can play freeze tag in one of our empty event venues.