1. Healthy Life Includes Balance. Some days we will overindulge and some days we will be inactive, and some days we will not. Try to let go of the guilt associated with exercise and food. This is a part of life.
2. Set Fitness Goals That Are Not About Weight & Size. Focus on how you feel rather than how you look. When we shift our focus from weight, we tend to me more successful in reaching our goals, whether it is to be able to do 10 pull-ups, run a marathon, or do 60 push-ups in one minute.
3. Don't Weigh Yourself. Your weight does not define you. How can your weight assess your worth?
4. Listen To What You Say About Others. Focus on talking about yourself with self-respect, as well as others. Our value is not tied to our appearance. Let's stop complimenting others on weight rather than their qualities and achievements.
5. List 10 Positive Things About Your Personality. Celebrate all the character traits that make you unique, and those that have nothing to do with how you look.
6. Appreciate Your Body For What It Can Do Rather Than How It Looks. The more you focus on what your body does, the more you’ll appreciate it regardless of your size. What has your body survived and achieved? What can it do? Take the focus away from your body as an ornament.
7. If You Feel You Need To Change Your Body To Improve Your Fitness Or Health, Do So, In A Reasonable Amount Of Time. Don’t diet, don’t skip meals, give yourself time to adapt to healthier habits instead. Be very clear about what is realistic change for your body type and what change you're really seeking in your life. Often people lose weight only to find they don't feel any happier.
8. There Is No "Perfect Body." The human body comes in billions of shapes and sizes. Just because the media portrays one look as ideal doesn’t mean we need to believe that. Look around you. Every body is totally different and very few bodies are like those of models. Celebrate the difference.
We are more than our clothing size! Focus on being as fit, strong and healthy as you can and spend time improving your own body image and helping others around you to do the same.
Source: The Moderation Movement, 2015. http://www.facebook.com/moderationmovement
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