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  • How to Stop Trash Talking Your Body
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    Cassie Piasecki
  • Motivate Your Mind Monday

How to Stop Trash Talking Your Body

As a fitness instructor that teaches 8-10 group classes per week, I hear a lot of conversations before, during and after class. The men are usually talking about work, a weekend warrior story or their kids. The women are usually talking about what they shouldn’t have eaten last night, how they hate their thighs and what crash diet they are starting on Monday. A popular pin on Pinterest is a pretty graphic with the quote, “The body achieves what the mind believes.” You might also have heard, “Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it”. You do create what your mind thinks.  Even if you don’t think your thighs are big, why are you saying it out loud? So that other women will think they should feel the same way? To feel part of the conversation? A little bit of both? As women, sisters, friends and mothers, we need to quit this habit. If you overheard three 14-year-old girls saying some of the things that you say about yourself, you’d cringe.
Here are three ways to break the body trash talking habit:
Catch yourself and reverse it!  The next time you start to utter negative words or are in a conversation that is headed in that direction, talk about a more positive view of your body. Instead of, “Ugh..my jeans didn’t fit this weekend” say, “I took 5 cycling classes last week and it felt great!”  When the conversation turns to the wacky diets, you share your new recipe for overnight oats.
Get naked!  Confidence is the new black. Stand in front of a mirror with little to no clothing on and get used to seeing your body as it is. Look at each part and find something GOOD about it. Say it OUT LOUD. Say it out loud again. Repeat as needed. It isn’t going to happen overnight but when you start to talk to your body with love instead of hate, changes will occur.
Pat yourself on the back!  Did you try a new healthy recipe? Did you beat your fastest mile on your last run?  Was the new yoga class exactly what your hamstrings needed? Congratulate yourself! You are treating your body with love and respect.  When you feed the body things that are good for it, both mentally and physically, you are headed in the right direction towards true health and wellness.
I know that these work.  I had to do them myself.  I was the ring leader and started many of these conversations.  Since I started talking about my body with love and respect, not only have I gotten healthier, but I’ve seen the conversations around me shift. They are more positive, more loving. Go ahead..be the trendsetter. Talk about your body with love.
One last thought. Do you have a young woman in your life?  A daughter, a sister, a teenaged neighbor? Tell her how beautiful she is. Even if you think she might need to lose weight, wear something more flattering, or change her hairstyle, don't tell her. The world is telling her enough!  Tell her she is lovely and amazing. 
  • Author avatar
    Cassie Piasecki
  • Motivate Your Mind Monday