Get Ready to celebrate what it does for you!
Have you thanked your shoulders today? How about your feet? Every day your body works pretty hard: carrying bags, cooking dinner, walking the dog. But if you’re not happy with how it looks, you zero in on the negative.
That kind of body attitude can backfire: You feel bad, you eat to feel better, you feel bad …. Ironic right? You’d think a poor body image would spur you to positive actions, but it’s body gratitude that does the trick; you’re more likely to eat better, exercise more – and lose weight.
Let’s see how this works, for good and bad.
- You see a tone runner jog by.
- You think “I’ll never look like that” … or “My arms are getting toned, too!”
- You feel hopeless or inspired.
- You act by watching tv or by doing a few extra push ups.
Fill out the following on the negative path. Then start again, and take the positive path.
YOU SEE FIT BODIES AT THE GYM
NEGATIVE THOUGHT_______YOU THINK_______POSITIVE THOUGHT
YOU FEEL YOU FEEL
(negative feeling) (positive feeling)
YOU DO/DON’T YOU DO/DON’T
(negative action) (positive action)