I’m fortunate enough to say that I’m at a point in my life where I don’t care so much about the size of my body. I can more about the way it feels. But that doesn’t mean I never body check.
Today I want to talk about body checking. To me, body checking means spending too much brain space thinking about the size of my body, rather than what I’m actually doing.
How many of you all have done this?
-Glancing at your body in a mirror every time you walk by.
-Looking at the size of your arm when looking at your watch.
-Focusing on the size of your legs when you sit down.
-Squeezing your stomach/leg/arm/other body part to see if it has changed size.
Now I’m not saying any of this is necessarily a bad thing. Some of you may do this and it doesn’t interrupt your life in anyway.
But think about it… what is the point of any of this?
While you may not necessarily look at yourself and take a negative action, what good is this body checking really doing? Is the size of my arm worth interrupting my thoughts and ideas? I know what I look like when I leave the house every morning – why do I need to check constantly throughout the day?
My challenge to you is to become more aware of how many times you body check throughout the day. Also, to understand what that is actually doing for you.
For me, I have a mirror placed so that I see myself as soon as I walk into my room. I can’t really change where it’s placed (it’s kind of glued to the wall…) BUT I do have the power to make a conscious effort not to look at myself every time I walk into the room. Or just cover it up!
How often do you find yourself body checking? Has it interrupted your life in any way?