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I Accept Myself. No, For Real.

I Accept Myself. No, For Real.

I recently read this article in Elephant Journal in which a yoga instructor discusses her path toward learning to accept herself for real. As an early developing, athletic girl, she always considered herself “fat,” until she finally stopped pushing herself to workout due to guilt, at what her body wanted, and lost weight. Even then, though, the instructor felt she accepted herself only due to her new slimmer waistline. Years later, she suddenly gained 20 pounds but, rather than attempt to lose it, she finally accepted that the new weight was where her body wanted to be, and decided to try to accept herself regardless of her weight.

This story resonated deeply with me. As someone who has struggled with body image for the last decade, I’ve finally started to experience the liberation of valuing health over weight. In the last year, I’ve started eating healthfully and I’ve stopped obsessively counting calories and depriving myself of critical nutrients. And I’ve gained some weight. I knew that would be the case, and I also know I’m happier and healthier now than I ever was when I was counting calories. But even as recently as a few days ago, I considered going on a “quick” diet. It would only be for a week or two, I told myself, then it would be back to my regular, healthy eating habits. It is very tempting to go down that road, but I know where it leads. Letting that critical, obsessive voice back in could be my ticket into relapse. And even if that’s not the case, even if I actually did only diet for a week, that would be a decision made out of self-judgment and an inability to accept and value myself for who I am. And as difficult as it is to resist temptation, I know I deserve better.


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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.


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9:11PM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

Great post

6:48PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Thanks for article

11:44AM PST on Nov 4, 2012

Great article, thanks.

1:06AM PDT on Nov 3, 2012

So very true. When you concentrate on health instead of calories then body repays you with a healthy weight. Thank you for the article.

8:10PM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Very good article to remind people who get caught up on the looks and weight of others shows their own shallow insecurity and underlying fear. " that but for the grace of God. there go I".

8:18AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

And then one must remember that muscle weighs more than fat, too

1:56PM PST on Feb 15, 2012


6:27AM PST on Feb 2, 2012

Repeat each day "I accept myself, just the way I am".

5:43AM PST on Feb 2, 2012


5:59PM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

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