By Sarah Sutton, MS, CPT, NBC-HWC, National-board certified health and wellness coach and faith-based transformation coach
In my previous body satisfaction post, I talked about how Truce coaching both transforms how you think about your body (your body image) as well as your body itself. Emily was an inspiring example. (See her testimonial at the end.)
Now it’s your turn to start calling a truce with your body. We’ll start with bringing awareness to your current body image.
Take a piece of paper and split it down the middle. On the left-hand side, list all the things you are frustrated by and dislike about your body. Right-hand: All the things you love about your life. List at least 10 for each. Be specific; if you say you love your job, what is it specifically that gets you up in the morning? (Pause, and do this before reading ahead. Also notice what feelings or energy is stirred up when writing each list.)
Now review your lists. What do you notice? What else? What else?
I would venture to guess that everything you say you hate about your body has little to do with how it performs for you and more to do with how you see its physical attributes, whereas your life’s best qualities are abstract feelings and experiences with others that go way beyond skin-deep. Yes?
Inquiry: What do you think your attitude toward your body would be like if you chose to start loving it as you do many other aspects of your life? What’s one thing you will do today to appreciate your body and improve your body image?
“Transformational is right. Clearly this is about so much more than just weight and Truce recognizes that. With other programs, I never felt so capable and choosy. After a seeming lifetime of struggling, I am finally comfortable in my body and back to the size I was as a newlywed. I am truly having fun and feel so empowered.” ~ Emily, full-time market research analyst and mother of 2