Happy Halloween! I hope you have some fun plans to celebrate today. Halloween is my favorite holiday. This is the first year we are taking Catalina trick-or-treating and I can’t wait. It’s going to be fun living Halloween all over again through her eyes! In the theme of Halloween, I put together some common scary myths we tell ourselves about body image.
Let’s debunk these five scary myths about body image.
1. I Have to Hate My Body Because It’s Not Perfect
I spent so many years living by the rule that my happiness was directly related to having a perfect body. I put so many things on hold until I lost all the weight. I missed out on living because I was disillusioned that only skinny people get to be happy. No! Just because your body doesn’t fit into some ridiculous societal mold doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you. I was worried what people might think if I dared to say I didn’t hate my body. You have permission to love your body and be happy, regardless of your weight.
2. I Have to Love Everything About My Body
Wait, what? Doesn’t this contradict the last myth? The truth is that nobody is going to love their body every single day. You also don’t have to love every single thing about your body. Just because you decide to create an irresistible life and work on your body image, that doesn’t mean every single day is going to be blissful.
3. I Can’t Love My Body & Want to Lose Weight
I’ve made a conscious effort to create and live an irresistible life. It’s taken a lot of work but I’ve finally realized that life is too short to wait for the weight. I no longer keep my happiness hostage until I reach a certain number on the scale. It doesn’t mean I have to accept where I’m at either. There’s a lot of dangerous advice rolling around the body positive community about weight loss. The hard core advocates believe that you cannot love your body while simultaneously pursuing weight loss. This is a myth. You can still love your body while working on improving it.
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4. Losing Weight Will Finally Make Me Happy
It’s not just about the weight. Yes, losing weight will help you to feel physically better. That’s just a fact. However, if you only focus on the weight you’ll never be healed from the issues that got you overweight in the first place. The key to living an irresistible life is balancing your mind, body, and soul. It’s so important to be working on all of these areas while on a weight loss journey.
5. Why bother? I’ll Never Change My Body Image
Learning to create an irresistible life and love yourself and your body is a journey. It will not happen overnight. For me, it’s still a daily struggle – some days easier than others. This is why I firmly disagree with the lie of magical before and after stories. It’s not like you wake up one day, and say, “I’m going to love my body and never binge eat again.” If only it was that easy. You can change but know it’s a journey and you have to give yourself some grace to go through setbacks. You are not doomed to feel like this for the rest of your life. You have complete control over how you decide you want to live your life. Once you truly get that, it’s empowering and you’ll be unstoppable!
What scary myths about body image are you struggling with? Let’s discuss in the comments below or in my private Facebook community – Irresistible YOUniversity.