For the next few days, I’ll be revealing my own personal resolutions for 2015 and reviewing products that will help me – and you, if these are your resolutions! – stick to them. Here’s the last one before 2015!
I will freely admit to not being the greatest at being at peace with my body. Some days, I feel awesome. I’m proud of how far I’ve come from three and a half years ago, post-pregnancy and determined to get fit. I’m pleased that I can run a sub-2 hour half marathon and bench press with a 55-lb barbell for 6 reps. But then I have days where I hate my saggy abdominal skin, when my boobs are too small and my butt is too big. And as a “recovered” anorexic, I still catch myself counting calories and shaming myself for eating a second helping. So I resolve, in 2015, to find peace with my body and continue on my journey to view food as fuel, not reward or punishment.
I received a complimentary copy of BODYpeace: Release Shame and Discover Body Freedom
to review from the authors, Kasey Arena and Heather Waxman. Kasey and Heather share their own experiences to kick off a 30-day journey, to stop shaming yourself and transform your perception of your body as well as your perception of food. It requires work: keeping a journal, meditations, and committing to taking the time to move through the process. But after reading through BODYpeace, it’s worth it. How much time do I waste scowling at my stretch marks (I have a love-hate relationship with them: love because that’s how I brought my children into the world, but hate because I get plenty of scowls running in the summer)? Wouldn’t that time be better spent on accepting what I can’t change and loving my body for what it can do?
What’s great is that Kasey and Heather aren’t just dumping a book on us and running. There’s a BODYpeace Facebook group for support and motivation. And Kasey and Heather are also ringing in the New Year with a BODYpeace challenge starting Monday, Jan. 5 – the #StopStrivingStartThriving Challenge. The Facebook group will be a place to find daily motivation and tips, as well as a place to post your challenges.
See you there!