Week 1: Self-Love Assessment – Day 1: Loving my Body

31 Days.
A challenge. A goal.
Can I commit to a daily self-love journal practice?
Through this practice I will learn to love more fully, to love myself and to love others.

Day 1.
A new beginning. A starting point.
How do I chart my course?
Assessing my current position on each of the 7 paths to self-love will allow me to plot a starting point and chart my progress throughout this challenge.

Path 1: Body
Body Conscious. Body Critical.
How do I feel when I look in the mirror?
When I step out from the shower, I am aware of my reflection in the mirror. I critique certain parts – my “problem areas” as I describe them in my inner monologue – as I towel away the moisture. I wish to be thinner, to be smaller.

Path 1: Body
Hungry Body. Healthy Body.
Am I feeding my body the fuel it requires to be a healthy body?
The refrigerator is stocked with healthy food- lean meats, leafy greens, colorful fruits and vegetables – but all I want to eat is Chik-fil-A and Chipotle. I know I need to be more disciplined and make better meal choices. I make meal plans and purchase fresh ingredients, then fail to follow through in preparing and consuming those nutrient-rich foods. I gobble up the fatty, high-calorie meals and guzzle down a caffeinated soda, then emotionally beat myself up for making a poor meal choice.

Week 1
Celebrate Body. Celebrate Healthy Choices.
How can changing negative to positive impact my body self-love?
Instead of critiquing my “problem areas,” I will celebrate the parts of my body that I love. As I stand in front of that mirror, I will strive to recognize the best parts of me.

Instead of berating myself for eating a large container of waffle fries, I will celebrate the time when I chose to share an apple snack with my horse following an afternoon ride. I will focus on recognizing when I make healthy food choices and mentally reward myself.

I plan to focus each Wednesday’s writing on self-love of my Body. In one week, I will reflect on my success at celebrating by body and my healthy food choices. Tomorrow’s journal will focus on self-love of my Emotions.

– AO

31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge

January is Self-Love month, and it marks the 4th year that we’ve hosted the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge. You can participate by submitting your self-love writing to be published on this blog. You can submit your writing here. You can also participate by writing your self-love posts on your own blog and linking back to the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge, 2014 blog post and Facebook event. If you don’t start on January 1st, that’s fine! You can jump into the challenge whenever you want.

Win a Copy of Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works

Each blog post you write is one entry into our random drawing to win an autographed copy of my book, Self-Love Diet: The Only Diet That Works. You’ll also be entered into our drawing to win our upcoming Self-Love e-products that we’ll be announcing soon.

If you don’t feel comfortable sharing your self-love writing, you can write in a journal or write yourself self-love emails. If writing isn’t for you, simply reading others’ self-love writing can be powerful and beneficial to you on your self-love journey.

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2 Responses to Week 1: Self-Love Assessment – Day 1: Loving my Body

  1. I was so excited to hear you talking about the 7 paths of the Self-Love Diet AO! And that Wednesdays you’ll be working on the Body Path, and it looks like Thursdays you’ll be working on the Emotions Path! How exciting!

    That’s great that you’ll be focusing on the body parts that you love, instead of criticizing your “problem areas.” Another thing you can do is focus on your “problem areas” by sending them appreciation for what they do for you. By focusing on your body as instrument vs. an ornament, that allows you to be grateful for what those parts of your body do for you. For example, one of my “problem areas” has always been my stomach. One of my Self-Love Diet practices has been to lovingly rub lotion over my belly after I get out of the shower and thank it for all it does for me. Last year or the year before, during the self-love writing challenge, one day I noticed the words, “you are beautiful,” slip out of my mouth when I was rubbing the lotion on my belly. I was surprised, moved and grateful.

    It’s also great that you’re focusing on how the food you eat fuels and impacts your body, and it’s great that you’re going to focus on stopping yourself from berating yourself when you eat foods that may not fuel your body in the way that you want them to. One way of working with food is learning how to neutralize foods and legalize all foods so there are no “good foods,” “bad foods,” “healthy foods,” or “unhealthy food” categories. When all foods are neutralized, you can choose which food is the most loving for you in the moment, and it may be something like an apple because of the energy it gives you and the clarity of mind you notice throughout the day from eating that apple, or the most loving choice may be waffle fries because of the enjoyment you get from the taste. When all foods are legalized, any food can be the most loving food when you focus on what each food gives you and how it makes you feel physically and emotionally.

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