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When You Feel Guilty After Eating

For Memorial Day weekend, Brian and I visited friends in Miami. We ate lots of my favorite foods: shrimp, french fries, gelato, whole wheat waffles.

While I enjoyed every bite, afterward, I felt the subtle, gnawing nudge of guilt. And some negative thoughts had slithered in:

What if you gain weight from all of this? You've already gained weight since last summer. What if it all goes straight to your expanding hips and thighs?...
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15 Questions to Explore And Nourish Your Needs

Last week we explored the things we like -- and don't like -- on a daily basis. Continuing with the self-discovery theme, here are more questions to help you uncover your needs and nourish them.

Importantly, when you're thinking about responding to your needs, remember that there's a time for everything -- a time to browse social media sites and a time to get outside, no computer, no phone.

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An Exercise for Getting to Know Yourself

One of my favorite topics to explore on Weightless, in addition to cultivating a positive body image and compassionate self-care, is self-discovery.

(I also like to explore self-discovery on Psych Central's main blog "World of Psychology.")

That's because in order to care for ourselves, it's important to know what we need, what we like and what we don't like -- at the very least.

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3 Ways to Calm Your Body

It's hard to feel comfortable in your own skin when you're stressed or tense. I think part of the reason my body image was so negative years ago was because my body felt foreign to me.

Because I rarely felt relaxed. Because I just didn't know how to relax. Because I was constantly a big, tight ball of tension and anxiety and overwhelm.

Those emotions and reactions added to the...
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Body Image Booster: Be 10 Percent Kinder


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.
Psychologist Elisha Goldstein, , writes one of my favorite blogs on Psych Central. It's...
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Body Image Boosters From The Blogosphere 5.18.14


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!
You are abandon-proof.

Honoring your body's natural rhythms.

7 things mindful people...
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Finding Happiness Beyond Our Bodies

A few days ago I talked about one of the stories I used to tell myself: Thinness will bring me happiness on a silver platter.

For some reason I didn't think to cultivate happiness outside my appearance or at least not consciously or with intention (or to focus on being happy with myself exactly as I am.)

But an interesting thing happened when I finally lost weight -- I wasn't any happier....
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Reinterpreting Painful Stories

I used to spin many painful stories about myself, my weight and my appearance. For instance, I used to cling to a story that said that once I was thin, I'd be beautiful, popular and happy.

I also used to cling to a story that revolved around self-care: I didn't deserve to take care of myself until I was a certain size; that I somehow wasn't allowed to feel good until I reached my goal...
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Journaling Prompts & Questions for Listening to Your Body

Last week I shared a journaling prompt to get us started on writing 10 positive statements about our bodies.

Today, I'm sharing more prompts and questions that help us tune into our bodies and actually listen to them -- something many of us (myself included) forget to do.

Before you start writing, close your eyes, put your hands on your heart, and take several deep,...
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