I’ve been talking a great deal about body image on Instagram and Facebook because this topic has immense meaning to me personally. None of us can escape body image and, therefore, it is something that we are necessarily confronted with. There is a quote flying around about our bodies being the least important thing about us, and while I get the intention, I think it is the furthest thing from the truth. Our bodies have amazing capabilities—not least of which their ability to develop and sustain the people we love most. Our bodies are also our homes. In this episode, I talk about the dreaded number on the scale, the yo-yo diet trap, and the influence of societal values, while also reflecting on my own body image journey. My understanding of exercise has also done a 180 in the last few years, from thinking about exercise only in terms of burning calories on the treadmill to actually building muscle and becoming physically and emotionally stronger. I also talk about the importance of accepting that life has different seasons, and sometimes the right thing to do is to take a break, enjoy that holiday, and refill your joy tank instead of slaving away in the gym. Listen in!
Key Points from This Episode:
- A case for why your body is not the least interesting aspect of you!
- Examples of the amazing voluntary and involuntary abilities of our bodies.
- The problem with women’s emotional attachment to the number on the scale.
- Transitioning from the yo-yo diet rollercoaster to finding balance and self-acceptance.
- Society’s role in our obsession with physical appearance—and why we’re also responsible.
- Learning that clinging to restrictive diets was not a sustainable lifestyle.
- How my understanding of exercise, muscle, and weight evolved.
- Hear what moderation looks like and how it is applied to your overall mindset.
- The disaster I had with CoolSculpting and how it intensified my already negative body image.
- Getting to the point of looking at pictures of myself without tearing myself apart.
- Realizing that life has different seasons with different priorities.
- The underlying reasons that we get into destructive behaviors such as emotional eating.
- You cannot feel good about your body if you feed it with unhealthy food and negativity.
“Our bodies are so freaking important. It is definitely not the least interesting thing about us. Our bodies are healing and in many ways they are self-healing. Our bodies can hold the people we love. Our bodies can do amazing athletic things.” — @Xtal_Rose [0:03:02]
“I was finally getting to show the strength I had on the inside on the outside.” — @Xtal_Rose [0:17:47]
“Life happens and you want to be able to live your life in seasons because it’s not always the season to be hardcore.” — @Xtal_Rose [0:30:13]
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