What’s the journey from hating your body to a body worth loving and living?
Jul 21, 2021
There I was in the therapist's office, sobbing my eyes out, trying to pry myself out of the wretched hole of self-loathing and self-pity I had submerged myself into after the rampant attempts to control my addiction to food miserably failed.
The empty Ben & Jerry’s pints of Cherry Garcia and Chubby Hubby, the empty cardboard pizza boxes, & empty wrappers were a far too familiar scene out of a bad movie.
But unfortunately, I was the sad miserable main character who could never find her fairytale ending.
The problem was I thought that the answer to my fairytale was outside of me.
It had to be an outside solution. I spent countless nights sobbing myself to sleep surrounded by a messy reminder of my addiction.
It wasn’t until years later, that I would wake up to the truth (and the answers) that I had been looking for all along.
I was staring at it every time I looked in the mirror, or went for a walk, or got in my car, or looked at my reflection. I found it every time I got on the dance floor and allowed my body to take me to the place of euphoria that movement and music always provided.
There was where my peace was.
But how could I sustain it, support it, make it last?
That has been a 20-year journey and a lifelong mission. The only way I personally started to taste freedom was when I realized I was the common denominator of everything in my life, so I had to start by looking in the mirror...
Literally. (You can find that story here - How the mirror changed my life)
It's been a 20-year long journey to go from self-hatred to self-love.
To obsessing about changing my body, body dismorphia anorexia, bulimia, bingeing, purging, hiding, starving, restricting, pretending, wallowing...
Hating, calculating, frustrated, disappointed, in my head, out of my body...
I went from spending every waking moment on trying to "FIX" the problems I thought I had. I thought losing weight would get me to happiness, but the truth is CHOOSING happiness first got me to not only change my body, but it change my life...
To a life, I honestly never thought I could have.
It didn't happen overnight, but it did happen.
And it changed my whole world.
And it changed hundreds (maybe even thousands) of women (and men) all over the world.
If you are suffering, there is a way.
If you are in pain, there is a way.
If you don't think it's possible for you, it is.
The path to freedom with your body is not in a diet, a pill, a guru, a fitness regime (those things can help, but they are not the answer)
The answer is inside of YOU!!!
If you had a conversation with your body...
Are you afraid of what it would say?
Or would you look forward to its conversation with you?
Perhaps there's some brilliance you're not expecting?
The only way I know to create a life of freedom is to face the person and body staring at me every time I look in the mirror.
I had to get curious and stop hating my body. I had to ask questions, and then listen instead of thinking I knew the answer. (Because the truth is, if I knew, I would have already been able to find the peace I was so desperately looking to have). I had to quiet my mind and invite my body to show me.
Just like an important relationship, I had to learn how to communicate with my body. I had to accept where I was and I had to come to terms with the idea that the only thing I could truly change was myself.
What would your life be like if you started to communicate with your body?
It may not be your way, but it's the only way I know how.
If you're curious and ready to discover a conscious way to love, accept, and communicate with your body, then here are some steps you can take...
1. Ask Engaging Questions.
2. Listen (not for the answer, but the energy)
3. Be kind to yourself and learn how to change the dialogue you are having with your body.
4. Stop yourself everytime you notice a judgment
5. Replace that judgment with something you can truly be grateful for.
Katherine McIntosh is an author, facilitator, mom, world traveler, and best known for her intuitive energy work to help you change the things you thought you couldn't change. She is the founder of the No Judgment Diet and has helped women and men from all walks of life wake up to their body and start living the life they love!
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