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10 Ways to Be Kinder to Yourself This Weekend

Friday, April 18th, 2014

anastasia island, 2014, taken by mama

Yesterday I talked about experimenting with self-compassion — despite the disapproving whispers and roars of our inner critic.

Because the negative thoughts — whatever they are — don’t matter. They don’t have to drive or dictate our actions. They don’t have to rule our worlds.

We can act with kindness, no matter what we hear from our inner critic — or from others. And we can do so in small ways.

We can make small shifts in our days to be kinder to ourselves. We can make these shifts at any shape, size or weight.


Body Image Booster: Create A Timeline

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Aristotle quote.3

Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts the week on a positive note!

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it.

Reviewing your past relationship with your body can give you insight into how to improve your current connection. It can help you spot patterns and connect the dots between various events and your feelings.

That’s why I suggest creating a timeline of how you felt about your body throughout the years. Start with your first memory about being in your body, and then include other pivotal moments.


When You Gain Weight

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

creative joy, hearts

Because April is National Poetry Month, here’s a poem I wrote as a reminder for all of us.

When you gain weight,

you may feel like a failure,

you may be convinced

you’ve done something wrong

you may think you need

to start counting calories

and cutting out dessert.


Body Image Booster: Keep A Thought Log

Monday, March 31st, 2014

NYC Oct 2012

Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts the week on a positive note!

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it.

A negative body image is made up of negative thoughts.

Wow, I look horrible today. Like every day. My pants are tight. What a surprise.

Why can’t I just be thinner? This cellulite has got to go! If I could just get rid of this flab, I’d be so much happier.

Often, we don’t even realize we’re playing a demoralizing dialogue in our minds all day long. Which, of course, only perpetuates and spikes the negativity and bashing.

Or maybe our thoughts aren’t overly cruel. Maybe there’s a hint of negativity or self-doubt that’s still deflating.

Either way, our thoughts can influence how we feel about ourselves, how we treat ourselves, and how we let others treat us. They can influence the boundaries we set, and the lives we lead.


Body Image Booster: Twenty Questions

Monday, March 24th, 2014

the creative habit, twyla tharp

Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts the week on a positive note!

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. I’d love to hear from you!

In her book The Creative Habit: Learn It And Use It for Life author and choreographer Twyla Tharp notes the thoroughness and thoughtfulness with which Leonardo da Vinci approached his work, his life.


When Someone Doubts Your Dreams Or Decisions (Including Yourself)

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

she, a celebration of greatness in every woman

I love the following excerpt from Mary Anne Radmacher and Liz Kalloch’s book She: A Celebration of Greatness in Every Woman.

 I love it because it serves as a significant reminder.


Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 3.16.14

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

yiddish proverb

A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these links inspiring!

Her body was not wrong.

Self-hate is the path to self-love.


20 Things to Do Besides Berate Your Body And Yourself

Friday, February 21st, 2014

creative joy, single heart, 2012

I used to spend many minutes criticizing my body — specifically bashing my belly and my hips — and other traits like my indecisiveness and incessant worrying.

In fact, I’m sure that over the years, it adds up to hundreds of hours spent hurling insults at myself.

Many of us do this. We think we’re too big or too small, our skin is too dimpled or too pale. We dislike certain personality traits or amplify our supposed flaws, thinking they’re permanent, unshakable.


Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 2.15.14

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

Roses from Brian on V-Day, 2014

A positive body image goes beyond liking your looks. It encompasses taking good care of yourself and leading a fulfilling life. In this weekly series, I share some of my favorite posts from some of my favorite bloggers on this topic. Sometimes I also share relevant pieces that I’ve written elsewhere. Hope you find these links inspiring!

Daily steps for building a healthier relationship with yourself.

Quick strategies for soothing stress.


Navigating Overwhelm And Body Image

Friday, February 7th, 2014

 rain

From time to time I write about dealing with overwhelm on Weightless because often when we’re stressed, we tend to take it out on our bodies.

Just this morning as I was putting on regular clothes (that’s what I call pants made from less than 5 percent spandex and shirts I can’t wear to the gym), I could feel my face forming into a scowl.

And then the “have I gained weight?” question just popped up, followed by “Ugh. I hate my outfit. I hate my skin.”


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