Do You Love Your Body?

Woman Standing on ScaleIn past 24 hours, two women have approached me with body image questions: one wanted the link to Falling in Love With Your Body on the website and the other wanted me to write about that very topic as a featured columnist in a new magazine that hits the stands later this year. When that happens, I figure the Universe is trying to tell me something.

Lucky for you, that also means the Universe thinks I need to share something with you. With more and more women approaching me with body image concerns, I’ve decided to start doing something about it.

The Body Love section of the blog is your place to go for all things related to taking care of your sacred body temple – from improving body image to improving your relationship with food to the occasional healthy recipe, this is your one-stop-shop.

Goddesses, we’ve been ignoring, abusing, punishing our sacred body vessels for too long. It has to stop. If you won’t do it for you, do it for your daughters and granddaughters, your nieces, your neighbor kids – do it for the young girl in your life who looks up to you as a role model. Why? Because it matters – you matter.

Several years ago a friend of mine and I were talking about her daughter’s unhealthy body image. My friend was concerned that her high-school-aged daughter was bordering on anorexia because she rarely saw her eat. As we talked, she suddenly stopped and looked at me. “The fact that I tell her she’s beautiful as she is while at the same time she sees me cussing out the scale every morning probably isn’t helping, is it?”

Bingo. Actions speak louder than words – especially when you have teenagers in the house.

So let’s get honest, Goddess. Do you love your body – all of it? I’m guessing the answer is no. Are you ready to change that? I know I am.

Inner Goddess Wisdom Tip:

Take the Body Satisfaction Questionnaire and then read the articles here for tips on how to improve your body image.

8 Comments

  • This post is thought provoking Mary. I know very few women who have excellent body image and some that do who you would not expect! I’ve always wanted to have beautifully tanned skin, but my skin can’t tolerate sun for extended periods of time. In my 50’s I finally gave up chasing being a bronzed goddess. It took all that time for me to accept “no tan for you girl” and the ironic part of it all is that I live at the beach! Happy ending – I love myself just as I AM!

  • Mia Moran says:

    Love this post! So true that our actions speak more than our words. I see this at a whole new level now that I have two girls. Just last week they decided they would rather have their own version of mama’s black leggings than their flower filled versions… I literally thought, “Can I get away with flowers?” I have been getting the, “am I fat?” question a bit lately from our 9-year old, and every time I hear it I think about the vibes I have been giving off that week, and how I can clean them up! I also find this is helpful to look the other direction — ie to my mom — when making changes. I have realized that a lot of the places I get stuck were modeled for me, and sometimes it is as easy as seeing that and moving on… Thanks for the post!

    • Mary E. Pritchard, Ph.D. says:

      Of course you can get away with flowers, Mia! Flower power! 🙂

      Thanks for being such a great role model for your girls. 🙂

  • Andrea says:

    The first thing that struck me was your comment about your friend and her daughter — it’s easy to forget that our kids believe what we do so MUCH more than what we say. And that it shouldn’t be so hard to learn to love our bodies. Having spent several months re-learning the art of deep (and enough) sleep? Well worth the effort. Thanks for posting this.

  • I remember the day I realized that I wasn’t leading by example when it came to body love and my daughter. That definitely initiated some change for me and the things I said and the way I behaved. Great post!!

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