That’s right, and it has nothing to do with what your physical body looks like.
I really work hard to get people to separate their body from their body image. Your body image is what you see – your body image is what you perceive.
The latter is where you find beauty, and it is completely yours to define. It’s not dictated by your friends, parents, co-workers, or society. It starts with you.
The fact is that everyone is going to have a different opinion of what you look like. Some people will find you attractive. Others won’t give you a second look.
Did your body change at all? Of course not. But opinions and perspectives do because they are a function of body image, which is fluid.
More importantly, the only opinion of you that matters is yours, and you can actually control that.
So many people are wanting other people to find them attractive and respect them yet they won’t do it for themselves. If there’s one thing you can do to make a big impact in your life it’s to start working on the relationship you have with your self.
I’m not going to pretend like changing your physical body won’t have any effect on your body image. It can, especially if you think it will. We are a function of our beliefs, after all.
What I am going to encourage you to do is work on both your body and your body image at the same time so you don’t bring a critical and negative perspective of your self along for the journey.
Both your body image and your body feed off each other. When you improve your body image you take actions from a place of self-care and compassion, and that changes you physically. And when you change your body to feel your best you start seeing yourself differently and begin appreciating all your body’s capabilities.