Banish the Body Bash

BY DANIELLE LEBEAU, RN, Health Coach, Eating Disorder Survivor

PHOTO BY MD BLACK PHOTOGRAPHY

 

We’ve all done it.

Criticized our bodies.

Critiqued, poked, pinched, and added body parts to a bucket list of “things to improve”.

Never. Ending. Never-quite-enough-ness.

It’s not just you.
It’s me.
And your best friend.
And probably your mom.
And maybe your daughter.

FOR WHAT. Answer these:

Is it making you better?
Is this self judging, self shaming, self controlling getting you anywhere?
Are you learning to trust yourself?
Are you learning to listen to yourself?
Are you learning to love yourself?
Probably not.

What does YOUR body mean?
What does your body one way and not another way mean?
If your body is another way, does mean you’re not good?
That your body isn’t something to be proud of or loved?
That you don’t have as much value or worth?
That you’re weak?
Or lazy?
Or lack willpower?

Have you met you?  You’re beautiful. And fierce. And graceful. And bold. And honest. And loving. And gentle. And powerful. And loyal. And creative. And funny. And wild. And thoughtful. And sensitive. And faithful. And courageous.

Your body is the vessel of your heart and soul. You are good. Your body is good.

You are a student. Remembering how to love. Thank your body for getting you to this place now.

Grant yourself the space to be right where you are.

Give yourself permission. Just for now. To be here.

Where you want to go is good. And you’ll have to start HERE to get there.

Be here.

And start, right here, with these words.
“I’m sorry.”

“I’m sorry, body, I’ve criticized you for so long. Poked and pinched and critiqued you so hard. I’m sorry.
You quietly tolerate all the harsh things I’ve said to you and to others. I want to learn how to care for you. I want to learn to love you. I want to learn to listen to you.
Thank you for being.
I want to partner with you from this moment on, to go forward through life with you. I want to live with you being friends, not enemies.
I promise to be here for you because I know you’ve never left me. All I put you through, you are here for me.
I promise to be here for you.
I am here for you.
I love you.
Thank you.
Love, Me.”


Danielle LeBeau is the owner and creator of So Happi Health. So Happi Health is an Eating Psychology Coaching company developed by a recovering “health nut” who knew knowing-it-all wasn’t enough. So Happi Health gives clients the power to discover and dissolve barriers to creating a happi, fun and fulfilling life they alway knew they could have. She is hosting Banishing Body Image Issues a group coaching class where she’ll be coaching on body issues this Friday, March 16, 7-8:30pm at TechArtista, 4818 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108.

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