Here’s part two of my interview with Kimberly Riggins, author of the boldly titled book Love Your Naked Ass: 80 Gentle Ways to Transform Your Life, Restore Your Serenity & Rediscover Happiness

Here, she reveals the chief culprit that can sabotage a healthy body image. And it might surprise you. She also shares more of her thoughts on embracing and loving our bodies.

Don’t forget that Kimberly is giving away a copy of her book. All you need to do is comment. Learn more here!

Q: What do you think stands in the way of people embracing and loving their bodies? 

A: I think the easy answer would be to blame the media. We are bombarded with unrealistic images on a daily basis. We are given these impossible standards to live up to and no matter how hard we try, we will never attain those dimensions or that look.

The sad part is the women in the images we yearn to be like don’t meet society’s standards either—given that they are highly photo-shopped.

So, yes media does play a part in why we have such a hard time embracing and loving our bodies but I believe our thoughts and our actions are the primary culprit.

At some point, we must take responsibility for that.

Our habits and our thoughts determine how we feel…emotionally and physically. If you are not moving your body, if you are eating junk, comparing yourself to everyone else, it’s going to be impossible to embrace and love your body.

Is eating junk food or not moving your body the media’s fault? No, it’s yours.

Are the negative thoughts you are having about your body how you really feel? Maybe. Maybe not.

In my experience, most of the negative thoughts we aim at our bodies have more to do with other unpleasant circumstances in our lives—our frustrating jobs and unfulfilling relationships, not knowing our purpose, unhappy with where we are financially—than with the fat on our butt or how flabby our thighs or abs are.

Q: Anything else you’d like readers to know?

A: Yes, I want you to always remember that you and your body are worthy of your love.

I think Gloria Steinem said it best when she said, “Each individual woman’s body demands to be accepted on its own terms.”

I want you to really appreciate your body and make peace with it. Treat it like you would your child or best friend. Relish in its uniqueness. Learn to celebrate each line, curve, and wrinkle. Each so-called flaw has a beautiful story to tell.

Always bask in your body’s magnificence because it is a brilliant, intuitive machine and if you give it half a chance, it will always have your back.

More about Kimberly: 

Kimberly Riggins is a body image & self-love expert. She is the CEO of Kimberly Riggins International, the author of the inspirational book, Love Your Naked Ass and the creator of the upcoming program, The Ravishing Renegade where she helps women slash through the jungle to DISCOVER self-love. She is also currently working on a philanthropy mission called “The Watch Her Thrive Project,” where she will publish a collaborative book and hold a wine + chocolate soiree in honor of Women for Women International. If you are in need of a self-love boost, take The Love Your Naked Ass Dare…it’s free! You can also find her on FacebookTwitter or Pinterest.

What do you think? Do you think you stand in the way of your positive body image? Do you think it’s something else? How can you celebrate your body?