This book was provided free for review. All opinions are my own.
This post is otherwise known as, “the little review that could.” Months ago, I received this book, Body Coaching: Losing Weight Through Positive Self-Talk, from co-author Leah Lesesne of Shelemah Wellness. The goal was to review it – but weeks turned to months as I found myself in need of reading other books for personal growth. (Thank you for your patience, Leah! Yes, I’m mortified.)
The amazing thing, though, is that I’m now reading this at a time when I actually need it. I am finally ready to tackle some extra weight from the past few months or so.
But my initial approach was exactly the same one I’ve always used: shame, strictness, and deprivation to get where I think I want to be physically. It just seems like the way it works – work out like crazy, and limit food intake. And of course, I found myself on day 4 with a raging headache and feeling weak.
What is Body Coaching?
Body Coaching takes a completely different approach to managing weight. In fact, it doesn’t involve dieting or an exercise routine. The main goal is simply directing positive thoughts and energy towards your body.
Honestly, initially, I wasn’t sure about this technique. Again, it is very different from my prior weight loss experiences. (Maybe yours too?) Plus it’s very holistic, and I can find that hard to trust, because I have little experience. But their initial introduction drew me in: positive results from their test group, their connection between God and soul-spirit-body wellness, and their physiological notes on the body clock.
The first challenge, though, and my reaction to it, are what blows me away. I truly didn’t get it until then. This challenge, or conversation starter for speaking positively to your body, is all about apologizing to your body for negativity towards it out of discontentment with weight.
Into my head flooded memories of all the times I’ve been frustrated with my body, thinking or saying awful things about it, and treating it badly out of an effort to lose the weight. I’ve hated my midsection, my chest, my clothing size, numbers on the scale, my face, so many things. Disparaging things have come out of my mouth about it, or even just in my head. I’ve deprived it of food I enjoy, or even just food in general, because I thought that’s what it took to lose weight.
I’m still in the process of reading the book and trying this technique. No, the weight is not falling off immediately. (Which, is that even healthy? Or possible?) But the start of this experience is doing me so much good. It’s healing my heart towards my body. Also it’s allowing me to understand my body more and communicate with it better. And it’s increasing my contentment and self-control when it comes to food.
If you tire of navigating every diet trend, going up and down in weight, and feeling contempt toward yourself, you need to check out this book. It will completely change your perspective on your body; on how you see it, treat it, and how it operates.
I’m excited to finish out this book and see how it goes. Again I’m already seeing a change in how I look at my body and how I talk to it. I’m learning to eat when my body is asking for it, to give it the nutrients it craves and not the junk my brain craves, and how my body was designed to take care of itself and me.
Find Body Coaching: Losing Weight Through Positive Self-Talk on Amazon. And for more information on the authors, please visit Leah’s page Shelemah Wellness, or co-author Seneca Schurbon’s page Freedom Flowers.
In what ways could your body benefit from positive self-talk? Or how can you start talking to your body more kindly?