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Stop Fat-Shaming Yourself: Lose Weight with Radical Self-Respect

April 26th, 2016 Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Body Confidence, Honoring Your Body, Self-Love, Self-Talk, Weight Loss | 2 Comments »

T-ShirtX2“Hey, I’m not fat. I’m just easy to see.”

“I’m in shape. Round is a shape.”

“Every time I lose weight, it finds me again!”

“I’ll have more cake. It’s somebody’s birthday somewhere!”

Yuck. Not funny.

Maybe it’s because I’m a psychotherapist. I hear the painful stories hiding behind the attempt at humor. So when I hear jokes that poke fun at serious health and mental health issues, I cringe.

Our culture is so inundated with this stuff—think how many shame-inducing memes appear in your Facebook feed—that we’re desensitized to how harmful it really is. I want you to see how demeaning jokes undermine your weight-release journey, how you unwittingly join in and how practicing radical self-respect protects you from their harmful effects. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Your Life on Hold Til You Lose Weight?

January 17th, 2016 Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Body Confidence, Confidence, Honoring Your Body, Inspiration, Self-Care, Self-Love, Weight Loss | No Comments »

SONY DSCDo you skip high school reunions because you feel embarrassed about your weight?

Do you wear only dark-colored clothes to keep attention off your body?

Are you waiting to be thinner before taking that cruise? 

When you feel self-conscious about your body, special occasions and everyday life events can be intimidating. 

In the moment, it can feel a whole lot easier to stay hidden or stay home than to be seen carrying those extra pounds.

But think about it. Do you really want to let your weight take your LIFE hostage? Because that is what’s happening when you let it control you. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Promises to My Body

July 27th, 2014 Tags: , , , ,
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No matter where you are in your weight loss journey, these five promises will help you focus on what matters most.

Start by choosing one promise to honor each day. Take small steps and over time these promises transform into new skills that become life-long patterns.

Your body appreciates the effort you make to honor these promises and wants you to be patient and gentle with yourself. Begin today to create a loving, respectful relationship with your body…

1.  I Promise to Speak to You Kindly.
(No self-criticism.) Read the rest of this entry »

Listen to Your Body’s Wisdom

February 20th, 2012 Tags: , ,
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You’ve probably read many articles and books about the best ways to release weight. What you’ve learned may be sound advice.  But do you know you already have all the guidance you need to help you release weight?

That guidance is your own body.

Our bodies have an inner wisdom that is readily available to us when we take the time to listen.  I like to think of this wisdom as the voice of my spiritual consciousness, or my Higher Self.  As a child I felt a connection with my body and somehow learned to communicate with it.

It was my way of talking to God.
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Learning to Love Your Body

August 15th, 2011 Posted in Honoring Your Body | 5 Comments »

If you’re upset with your body, it may be frustrating to hear you need to “love” and “accept” it. You may believe you’ll never stop feeling angry and ashamed.
It doesn’t have to be this way.  You can release this struggle and transform your relationship with your body into a loving, respectful partnership. Here are four practices to help you do that.

1.  Acknowledge Your Feelings Without Self-Blame

If you “hate” your body or if you are “ashamed” of your body, just accept, without judgement, that this is how you feel today. Be gentle with yourself. Tell yourself, “It’s OK that I feel this way. But I don’t have to act on these feelings.” Remind yourself that just because you have felt this way for a long time doesn’t mean you’re destined to feel this way in the future. When you allow yourself the space to simply honor your feelings, and not punish yourself for how you feel, you actually become open to releasing them. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways to Honor Your Body

January 2nd, 2011 Posted in Honoring Your Body | No Comments »

As you begin this new year, commit to a loving relationship with your body. Here are five ways to release negativity and open new pathways for releasing weight with love.

1)  Ask Your Body for Forgiveness

Your body wants to serve you! By apologizing to your body for ways you may have neglected or abused it, you communicate to your body genuine affection. Your body has a consciousness of its own and you can expand your body’s consciousness in positive ways by writing a letter of apology to it. This isn’t a hand-wringing, people pleasing kind of apology. (Your body wouldn’t want that!) And it’s not about inducing guilt. It’s about freedom from guilt and taking responsibility. When you make peace with your body in this way, releasing weight feels more peaceful too.

2)  Bless Your Food

Honor your body by honoring your food. Take time before meals to spiritually bless the food you eat.  When you bless your food, you infuse it with uplifting spiritual energy. At the family dinner table, or at an abundant buffet, simply say silently, “I bless this food for nourishing my body” or, “I bless this food for bringing me pleasure.” As you do this mindfully and with positive intent, you will notice a calming inside of you. This honors your relationship with  food, with your body, and with yourself. Read the rest of this entry »