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Top Ten Ways To Come Back From Self-Loathing Body Image

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We all have some part of our bodies we'd like to change. I can’t recall how many times I've either looked at myself or listened to someone else discuss the imperfection of their physique; or the opposite, when people are happy with their own bodies and simply, unabashedly cruel in their speech and attitude toward those with obvious challenges.

The feeling that comes over you when you positively, absolutely cannot stand the sight of yourself in the mirror, the numbers on the scale, or the jeans that won’t button can be summed up into one word, "ick."

"Ick" is not just a glimpse of dismay nor even a New Year's resolution. Ick is like a disease, potentially leading to an eating disorder, a smoking habit, or delving even further into unhealthy eating habits in an attempt to get away from the dreaded ick.

People will starve themselves in fear of the ick and they’ll stuff themselves with a dozen cupcakes in fear of it. Yet ick is a fool's reality, like grandiosity or an oasis, it isn't real, its just a manufactured sense of doom, dread, depression, despair and anguish all rolled up into one big butter cookie that feels like its permanently plastered to your thigh.

The problem is, ick can be a motivator but then it's GOT to go. If you use your ick wisely, you can jump start a healthy eating plan or an exercise routine, but then you've got to grab ick by the lapels and throw it out onto the street because ick is so confoundingly dark it will sabotage your best intentions.

Let it go. By reclaiming your deep love of yourself (yes, including your body, thank you very much) you will be able to meet your goals in a healthier way and actually empower yourself to enjoy your life and your state of mind while doing so.

You can want to lose five, ten, thirty or fifty pounds and not hate yourself and everything about getting dressed every single day, yes you really can! You can, in fact, be so full of appreciation of your own struggles, lack of time for yourself, busy schedule, and stress that you forgive yourself for using food to feel good here and there, and forgive yourself, too, for being tired, exhausted and sometimes unmotivated to work out.

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