Body image is defined as the way you view your body as far as attractiveness and overall appearance. Your body image is shaped throughout your life, but especially through your childhood experiences. Comments by your friends and family are often instrumental in having a positive or negative body image.
Self-image is your sense of self, including your body and personality traits such as whether you think you are outgoing, confident, or insecure. It is also defined by how you perceive that others value you.
I am here to affirm that your value as a person is not what the scale says or what the magazines and media tell you that you should be. Both your body image and your self-image need to be realistic and healthy in order for you to be able to make the changes in your lifestyle that will create the fitness and health that you desire.
You need to protect a healthy self-image. If you don’t consistently feed your mind positive thoughts about who you are and what you are capable of achieving, you won’t be able to get long-lasting fitness results no matter how good the workout and diet programs are. Do you know why? Because if you don’t foster a healthy self-image, diet and exercise programs will only be Band-Aids on much deeper and bigger problems.
This wound of a bad self-image and negative body image can be dealt with, though. Start by asking yourself questions that will help you reveal your mental trouble areas. Doing so helps you focus and
makes it possible to work on the core problems.
• How do you feel about your body?
• Is the happiness in your day based on what the scale says?
• Are you comfortable discussing some of your insecurities with your close friends or family?
• Do you feel if you are not “perfect” or “better” looking you can’t attract a relationship or that you don’t deserve one?
• When was the first time you actually felt proud or ashamed of your body?
• Why did you feel that way?
• Are some of your health or nutrition habits designed to punish yourself?
Really dig deep when answering these questions. The more detailed you can be, the greater results you will have.
What you will find by answering these questions are the key motivators—often unconscious—of your behavior and health habits.
When you see yourself being motivated by negative energy, make the effort to change your inner dialogue. For example, if you are thinking “I am so fat” all the time, consciously replace that with “I can make choices that make me healthier every day.” Repeat it to yourself often, and over time it becomes your new
The goal is to be able to be motivated by positive energy so that you can have long-term healthy results.
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