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Love Yourself Anyway

Some of us grew up in abusive households, where we were torn down every single day. Where we were explicitly told that we are unworthy and unlovable.

Some of us grew up in healthier households, but were bullied in school for our weight, looks or who we are.

Some of us grew up in households where weight was synonymous with self-worth, where certain foods were forbidden and insults about appearance were the norm.

Some of us have had toxic relationships with people who berated us for everything. And, over time, we started to believe them.

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A Powerful Body Image Book for Kids

Today, I’m excited and honored to share my interview with Judith Matz and Elizabeth Patch, creators of the powerful kids book Amanda's Big Dream. It tells the story of a girl who dreams of a solo in the Spring Ice Skating Show. But her confidence plummets when her skating coach makes a comment about her weight.

I’ve known Judith and Elizabeth for several years now, and have featured their important work here on Weightless. Elizabeth is a high school art teacher and illustrator who creates beautiful images that reflect a diversity of body types. As she says on her website: "Happy art for every body!"

Judith is a licensed clinical social worker who's been helping people overcome overeating and build a healthy relationship with food and themselves for over 25 years. She's also the author of The Diet Survivor's Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care and Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating, and Emotional Overeating.

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Self-Care Sunday: Inspiring, Thoughtful Quotes

On this Sunday I'm sharing a list of inspiring, uplifting and thought-provoking quotes from Louise Baxter Harmon’s book Happiness A-Z: The Gleeful Guide to Finding and Following Your Bliss. Her book includes sooo many good ones!

Record the quotes that resonate with you. Consider which words you agree and disagree with. Write down these thoughts, too.

It's important information about what we need, what means most to us, what really doesn't. It's all a window into our souls.

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Self-Care Sunday: Your Voice

When we dislike our bodies, when we feel uncomfortable in our own skin, we may start silencing our voices.

Because we haven't lost weight, can't adhere to a diet, can't fit into a certain size or don't fit into a certain standard, we become convinced that our voices don't matter. That we haven't earned the right to speak, to matter.

We dismiss our thoughts and opinions. We dismiss our needs. We neglect our feelings.

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What Damaging Assumptions Are You Making?

Sometimes, assumptions can get us into trouble. We become so convinced something is a fact that we act on behaviors that aren't good for us, that shatter our sense of self, that stall our self-care.

For years I had many assumptions that didn't serve me very well. I assumed that in order to be worthy I had to be thin. In order to be happy, I had to lose weight. In order to lose weight I had to put myself on ridiculous diets. In order to have someone love me, I had to earn it.

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What If You Still Don’t Like Your Body?

I subscribe to Anna Guest-Jelley's newsletter (and you should, too; it's filled with excellent and practical insights). Recently, she wrote something really powerful, which I knew, as soon as I read the words, that I had to share with you.

It's a beautiful way of thinking about body acceptance. And it's something I think so many of us forget. I forget.

Because body acceptance can feel tough. It can feel unnatural. But even though it feels uncomfortable, or awkward, or itchy or really hard, that doesn't mean we're doomed to hate our bodies or to feel disconnected from them.

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A Valentine’s Day Gift for Your Body

So often, as we sprint through the day, the last thing we think about is our body.

The last thing we think about is the inner machinery that's involved in the seemingly simplest of movements: opening our eyes in the morning; glancing about the room, hitting the snooze button (a few times); shifting our feet from the bed to the floor; walking (or running) into the bathroom; splashing water onto our faces; picking up a toothbrush; turning on the faucet for a hot shower.

In those few minutes, our bodies perform great feats.

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