Hey there, my friend Laura has a quiz to share with you today. And an invite that I recommend you check out.
How Well Do You Like Your Body?
On hot summer days, which are right around the corner, when bodies are typically more on display, we may feel particularly vulnerable if our body is even a fraction off of the culturally defined Perfect 10.
Focusing on the ways our body serves us and how we can serve it, helps us to accept — yes, even love — our bodies and stop obsessing about its appearance.
Take this quiz, answering True or False to the following statements, to find out how well you love your body. Our own opinion of ourselves influences others’ opinions of us much more than we realize.
True or False
- I appreciate that my arms enable me to hold someone I love, that my thighs enable me to run.
- I wear comfortable clothes that I really like and that feel good to my body, rather than trying to hide or camouflage my body or to follow uncomfortable fashion trends.
- I judge myself as a whole person, not just as a body.
- I do things that let me enjoy my body — dance, take a hot bath, walk, get a massage.
- I act the way I would if I had a perfect body.
- I notice that the appearance of people I admire is unimportant to their success and accomplishments.
- I do things I enjoy and don’t let my weight or shape keep me from it.
- I tell my body at night how much I appreciate what it has allowed me to do throughout the day.
- I exercise to feel good and love my body, not to lose weight.
- I count my blessings, not my blemishes.
- I think of my body as a source of pleasure.
- I only wear clothes that give me feelings of power, beauty and comfort.
- I consider myself the expert on my body — not the fashion magazines, the cosmetics industry, the weight tables.
- I am as “in love” with my body as an infant is.
- I think of my body as a tool, as an instrument of my life, not just as an ornament.
- I act as though I am my body’s ally and advocate, not its enemy.
- I listen to my body and take its needs and wishes into consideration when making decisions.
- I refuse to waste time criticizing my body or worrying about my appearance, and instead spend my time on something more precious or productive.
- When someone says, “You look great today,” I enthusiastically respond, “Why, thank you so much!”
How did you do? If you found yourself answering False more than a few times, no worries, help is here.
You may find yourself more satisfied with your body and yourself if you aim for lifestyle mastery, rather than mastery over your body, weight, or appearance. Lifestyle mastery has to do with developing your unique gifts and potential, expressing yourself, developing meaningful relationships, learning how to solve problems, establishing goals and contributing to life. I am in totally support of your health, healing and weight loss. Even if you are not ready yet, one small step will make a huge difference.
You don’t have to figure out how to do self-care alone. That is where my support comes in. And learning to love yourself does not have to be hard, difficult or painful…it can be deep, revealing, playful, and even fun! Let’s turn the false answers into TRUE answers because you are worth it.
Please join me on a free class this Tuesday May 3rd at 5pm PST/8pm EST. The class will be chock full of answers for any of you women reading this who are struggling with weight loss and dieting.
Please feel free to comment and ask me anything you want to know about the quiz or the free class. I am all ears here.
For anyone interested, Laura has a book called Skinny, Fat, Perfect. And she’s also a life coach for women. See you on the webinar!
Samantha Wilson says
Thanks, Angie, for the opportunity to find out what I actually think about my body. I’ve been really very criticizing as for it. Working on my body to keep fit and slim, I’ve been even obsessive lately. That’s so bad for my health, my doctor says, She’s a good dietologist, but she can’t control what I eat all the time. Sad… But what can I do with my desire to eat every time I see the fridge or food?
Samantha (freelance writer and librarian)
It’s funny Angie because I am finding the older I get, the more forgiving and accepting I am with my body. I was a very pretty girl in my youth and used to be obsessed with looks and body image and shape. I was also anxious and insecure. Now I am 50 and I am learning about mindfulness and of course have weathered all the stuff life throws at you. I wouldn’t want to go back to being in my 20s for anything. I love that our culture is starting to embrace all sizes shapes and ages, but even more so, I am grateful that I am personally towards myself.