Meaning Full 23 Life-Changing Stories of Conquering Dieting, Weight, And Body Image Issues
I want to start by saying that I love when an author not only writes an amazing self-help/motivational book; but also includes relatable stories from actual people. It is nice to read how someone else deals with similar issues you have and how they overcame those issues. Books like these make you realize you are not alone in your feelings and everyone’s idea of the “perfect” body is not the same, and that is ok.
Anyone that knows me knows that I have been on a diet for the last 12 years. I have tried every diet imaginable with no success. My problem is I love food and I like to eat. I don’t want to stop eating what I love or change my diet drastically. I like my size; I just want to tone and tighten a few problem areas and get in better shape. I have recently started going to the gym and I love it. It has helped me with my anxiety, and it feels good to go in and work out my stress in the gym. This book also helped to push me into finally signing up and committing to a better me.
Reading about Alli’s own personal journey with weight issues broke my heart. I have never been anorexic, nor had any intentions of doing so. It saddens me because most people that are anorexic aren’t even fat, but have endured mental abuse to where they think they are; or listening to society and what they deem to be the “perfect” body or look. I love the methods she took to regain control over her mind, body, and her life.
- Beginning Phase:
- Challenge the validity of your food beliefs and “maintenance” practices
- Break your dieting and compensatory habits and replace them with a natural relationship with food
- Be honest with your doctor
- Find better coping skills
- Middle Phase:
- Listen to your body
- Find out what your triggers are
- Find and use your voice
- Learn how to tolerate your and other’s emotions and things you cannot control
- End Phase.
- Find and discover your self
- Accept who and what you find
- Appreciate your body
I used her methods in my own everyday life and now just for weight issue, but for my overall wellbeing. It has helped me a great deal. When you learn to accept yourself and love yourself for who you are; the world will become a little easier to live in.
I love every category the book was broke down into: Discoveries, Insights, and Connections. I also like that we have males who are going through similar issues as us women. It is nice to read on how men deal with their body issues and the comments that go with it. There was even a story where the person admitted to abuse and she was her own abuser, a major truth bomb. Often we are our own abuser and we get in our own heads, making matters worse.
Affirmations. Say something positive. Compliment yourself. You see through out this book and that is something I have practiced in my everyday life, and even with my kids. I appreciate the author for writing this book, and I appreciate even more that she went through these same issues. The author is not the type of therapist to take her clients issues and turn them into a best-selling novel. No; she has gone through it and gotten past it. I am so happy this book landed on my doorstep and that she took the time to write this book.
I highly recommend you read this book. Even if you, yourself, are not suffering from body issues, I can guarantee you- you know someone who is.