OH HOW I LOVE THEE!
As a human being each of us has thousands of body parts, how many of your body parts can you honestly say that you love?
Most of the women I have worked with started with the answer, NONE!
How about you? It wasn’t that long ago that I was one of those women! Today, I can honestly say I love and honor my body and I have a couple of wobbly bits to address. What changed for me? Well, that’s worth listening to.
It all started back in 2009 when I decided I needed to do something about the way I related to my own body. I was a fashion advisor for women telling them they had to love their bodies and I hated mine! I felt like such a hypocrite and a fraud really, I mean here I was telling women that they had to love themselves and how they looked while I despised my own body.
I realized that I needed to find a way to do what I was telling them because if I couldn’t do it how could I expect them too? I can tell you the process I went through was simple and quite difficult at the same time and I hope by sharing it here that I can support other women in their quest to feel good about themselves. My journey began in front of a full-length mirror where I took a long honest look at myself and committed to changing my view, both figuratively and physically, without hardship.
Step 1 – Acknowledge all the areas of my body that I didn’t like (I can say the list was extensive and brutal) I didn’t know it at the time that this would become an integral part of this process. In the past, I had avoided acknowledging what I didn’t like in fear it would do more damage than good. I was so wrong!
Step 2 – Commit to changing parts of my body through lifestyle change. Options I considered were reducing my food intact per meal or at least one meal per day, cut down on sugar and wheat products, add walking at least 2-3 times to my weekly routine and acknowledge my success each time I did one or all of these.
Step 3 – Acknowledge at least one part of my body I did like and focus on that body part when I looked in the mirror. Each day when I woke up and before I went to bed I would stand in front of the mirror to acknowledge my favorite body part and add body parts to the list as I became aware of another one I could appreciate.
Step 4 – Acknowledge areas of my life, including my health, that I was grateful for while I looked at myself in the mirror.
Step 5 – To start and end my day, I would look into my eyes (in the mirror) and say “Good morning/night Lisa, I love you” (OMG, this was hard to do and mean it!)
Step 6 Repeat steps 2 through 5 twice a day
It took me a while to make this a consistent routine because I had days that I just couldn’t face the mirror, I was uncomfortable with seeing myself as I was at that moment and in the beginning, I didn’t believe it would make a difference. I was committed to trying so each time I did put myself back in front of the mirror, I would recommit to the process and finally, the routine stuck. Perseverance was the key to my success in the end and although it took about two years to get here, I have come to appreciate my body as it is right now and I can honestly say “I love you” with a sincerity I’ve never experienced before! Throughout the process, I’ve had many successes, failures, and discoveries that I believe others can also benefit from with support. If you are someone who struggles with loving yourself and the body you live in then I encourage you to take these steps for yourself. I am here for you when you are ready to transform your relationship with your body.
Personal Touch life living strategies are designed to bring the joy of living to your life. I am grateful for the opportunities I have to work with amazing women, from all walks of life who are dealing with and the transformation of their body image. I have been providing advice and coaching services for over 20 yrs to men and women across North America with amazing results. My services are non-medical in nature and are meant to work in alignment with your Physician recommended advice. Times/dates/fees are arranged as per the client’s needs and agreed upon before coaching services begin. I promise you if you use this contact form to connect with me your body will reward you for the love and respect you give.