Right now I want you to strip down naked and stand in front of the mirror. Say out loud the first thing that comes to mind.

Dealing With Negative Body Image
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I am willing to bet that 9 out of 10 of you said something negative. I bet the first thing you did was pick out that one nagging flaw that no one but you notices or really cares about.

In life we are often our worst critic, especially when it comes to how we see ourselves in the mirror.

I often kick myself because I neglected to take honest, let it all hang out, pictures of myself when I started my journey.  A lot of that had to do with my negative self image. It was years before I started taking progress pictures. Even today, I get a little self conscious before the monthly photo.

We have to let go of that. We have to become comfortable with our bodies, no matter their current form. Only when we are comfortable with our bodies can we start to push ourselves forward. When we feel worthy, when we feel strong, we can take on new challenges. It is those new challenges that help us stay focused and keep moving on the journey to health and fitness.

I have some homework for you now. I want you to stand in front of the mirror and find 3 things that you like about your body. 3 things that you are proud of. Then, if you actually did get naked, put on some clothes (your workout clothes or swim suit) and snap that progress photo. Make the progress picture part of your routine, taking them every month. Sometimes the mirror deceives us and we can see things in a photo that we can’t see in real time.

Anyone want to share their 3 things? I would love to hear them.

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