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My Body Image Dream for 2016


Today, in the U.S., we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., who had an incredible dream and helped make it a reality. Inspired by his powerful speech and Therese Borchard’s beautiful piece, every year I republish a post on my personal dream (which I’ve updated since last year). It’s a dream that focuses on everything from how we treat each other to how we treat ourselves.
I have a dream that our society will stop judging, shaming and bullying people because of their size, shape and weight.

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Body Image

16 Resolutions I’m Not Setting in 2016

Pausing and thinking through what we want our lives and our days to look like is powerful. After all, it's important to get intentional and deliberate about our time on this earth. And I think knowing what we don't want is just as important as knowing what we do. And it's especially helpful if we have no clue what we want. That's why this year I've created a list of resolutions I won't be setting in 2016.

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Books

Revising Our Definition of Exercise as a Punishment or Chore

In the beautiful book Yoga and Body Image, 25 contributors share personal stories about how yoga has helped them to accept their bodies and feel more comfortable in their own skin. They talk about how yoga has helped them to find their voice and express it.

This is so important, because we often forget what movement really is (and isn't). Moving our bodies isn't about punishing ourselves for eating something "naughty" or "sinful." It isn't about checking off a chore on our to-do list. It isn't about "no pain, no gain." It has nothing to do with being miserable or being bored.

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Putting a Positive Spin on Negative Thoughts So You Can Take Healthy Action

In his book How to Be Happy (Or at Least Less Sad): A Creative Workbook, Lee Crutchley includes many valuable prompts. In one prompt he suggests listing 10 negative thoughts on one page, and then giving the thoughts a more positive spin on the opposite page.

Crutchley gives the example of turning "I hate being alone" to “I’d like to meet new people.”

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Body Image

15 Ways to Boost Well-Being Without Focusing on Weight

Recently, I received a comment on this post, which I wrote several years ago. The reader, Julia, thanked me for sharing suggestions on boosting our health and well-being, which don't include losing weight. This inspired me to share some more ideas. Because there are countless ways we can get healthier and take great care of ourselves that have nothing to do with weight.

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Exercise

A Simple Exercise for Dealing with Self-Doubts

Many of us let our self-doubts or previous missteps and mess-ups dictate our actions. We adopt an all-or-nothing perspective, assuming that if we can't do something perfectly, if we've made mistakes before, then we have no business trying, again.

Self-doubts can lead us to question our worth and decide that we're undeserving. Self-doubts can stop us from pursuing our dreams and responding to our needs.

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Body Image

Reframing Negative Thoughts Into Helpful Questions

Yesterday, I wrote about cultivating curiosity (instead of berating or criticizing ourselves). Today, I'm exploring curiosity, again, because it's such a powerful tool in building a more positive body image and taking compassionate care of ourselves.

All of us experience negative thoughts, particularly about ourselves. And some of us experience them on repeat. While we might not be able to stop our brains from spitting out negative thoughts, we can reframe them -- instead of interpreting these thoughts as truths.

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