Emergency Body Image Test…

13 Oct, 2012 at 11:00 am | Written by: Sanae

Flashback article!

This was our most viewed Facebook Story of all time.  (First posted May 9th 2012)

Do you pass the test?

Loving Her Self

This is a test. This is only a test of the Emergency Body Image System. An exercise at your desk will be conducted immediately to determine if you are prepared or not prepared to love yourself.  If this had been an actual emergency, you would have been instructed to tune into Christina Aguilera singing “Beautiful” over and over until you are prepared to love yourself.

 “>“Beautiful”

At this time, please grab the nearest pencil, paper and timing device.

This is only a test.  

Step 1:

Write the numbers 1 through 10 on your paper. Now list 10 things you would change about your physical appearance if you had a magic wand. Note how long this takes you.

Ready. Set. Write.

Step 2:

Turn the paper over and write the numbers 1 through 5 on the back. Now list 5 things you love about your physical appearance. However, you cannot follow any of these items with a “but.”  For example, you can’t write “my bootylicious booty BUT not the cottage cheese.”  No “buts” allowed (pun intended).  

Ready. Set. Write.

What did you learn?

Personally, I found my results shocking and oh so sad. I had a difficult time sticking to just 10 things I would change about my physical appearance. In fact, I started doubling them up. Yes, old lady hands AND old lady feet can be combined on one line to make room for scrawny calf muscles.  And yet I had a difficult time coming up with five “loves” that weren’t followed by a “but.”  I think it’s time for an attitude adjustment starting right now with the next step. 

Step 3:

Take a look at your first list of things you would change. Circle the ones that can be altered. For example, if a muffin top made your list, circle it. You have power over the muffin IF you choose to fight that battle. Would it be easy? No. But if you are able to turn just two or three of these items into a “love” or an “I can live with this” then surely you are one step closer to feeling comfortable in your own skin.

Obviously some items we inherit and can’t be changed. Learn to embrace those and move them to your love list because these are typically the traits that make us unique and beautiful to others anyway.

The goal is not to be perfect. The goal is to be confident. When you are confident, you are more likely to be successful. Can we learn to love ourselves while embracing our flaws? I hope so because Mother Nature and Father Time are fighting for the enemy.

Now create a new list. Start with number one and write your name. Now continue to list all the women you know, movie stars and the women next door, who are perfectly IMPERFECT and TOTALLY BEAUTIFUL. Ready. Set. Write.

This concludes the Emergency Body Image Test. Thank you for your cooperation.

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8 Comments

  1. Jennie
    May 09, 2012

    LOVE this. And just in time. I was trying on swimsuits yesterday and feeling really bad about myself. I’m working on losing weight, but it just takes SO LONG after two kiddos!!

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    • Sanae
      May 09, 2012

      Jennie, there is nothing worse than trying on swimsuits after a long winter in Nebraska and post kids makes it that much more painful! I hope you didn’t try them on the in store!! They have bad lighting and fat mirrors! :)

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  2. June 07, 2012

    How did i not see this when it got posted?!

    This is a great “exercise”. I am presenting to my “Flourish” group on Ideal Body Image: As Defined by You! June 18th. This is a great thing to build on — where does the belief come from that you are not beautiful just as you are? I love that you are building confidence and calling people to action in changing what they don’t like and can. Society, tv, friends, spouses have a way of telling us what is beautiful and what is not. But what do YOU really feel and think? I am excited to see how my group responds and we may have to borrow this fun little exercise! I’ll send them your way!

    Thanks for the great post!

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    • June 07, 2012

      Thanks Trista! I’ll be sure to let Sanae know you liked it! :)

      Reply
    • June 07, 2012

      Trista,
      I am so happy you see the value in this exercise. It really can be powerful IF you actually do it. I look forward to hearing how your group reacts. I think it will be interesting to see who in the group has no problem coming up with 5 loves and who struggles. Be sure to have them finish with their list of women who are not perfect but still beautiful. Think celebrities….Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Barbara Streisand, Jennifer Hudson, Ellen Degeneres, the list goes on and on. Keep us posted!!

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  3. Sanae
    June 07, 2012

    Trista —
    I am so happy you see the value in this exercise. It really can be powerful IF you actually do it. I look forward to hearing how your group reacts. I think it will be interesting to see who in the group has no problem coming up with 5 loves and who struggles. Be sure to have them finish with their list of women who are not perfect but still beautiful. Think celebrities….Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Barbara Streisand, Jennifer Hudson, Ellen Degeneres, the list goes on and on. Keep us posted!!

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  4. July 09, 2012

    I ended up tweaking this exercise a bit to fit my crowd. Great response from my group. It is always fun to get people looking, thinking and feeling differently about themselves- more positively! We have a check-in next Monday at Flourish on how people are doing and as an accountability tool for the group. Can’t believe July is zooming by! Have a great week!

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    • Sanae
      July 31, 2012

      Thanks for the update Trista!! Glad to hear your group enjoyed the exercise!

      Reply

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