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Who says we can only love certain parts of our body?

Who says I can love some parts of my body because they are soft and giggly, but I shouldn’t love other parts because they are soft and giggly?

Who says I can only love parts of my body if they are skinny, flat, round, or muscular?

Who says I am too skinny, too voluptuous, too muscular, not muscular enough?

Who says I must have a certain face, certain skills, certain possessions to be allowed to experience happiness on a daily basis, on a moment by moment basis?

Who says I can only love myself when I achieve perfection, when I have no sins, when I operate at peak productive deficiency?

Who made these rules? And why do we subscribe to them?

Why do we allow them to dictate whether we’re happy or sad, feel good or bad about ourselves?

I cant think of any good reason. Can you?

Ultimately even if society made these rules, we each have the control to make our own rules.

I do know this: Life is short. We never know when our time might be up.

People who are faced with their own death usually realize with crystal clarity that rules that stifle our happiness are ridiculous and silly.

So why wait for the end of your life to realize that you wasted so much time worrying about your appearance or perfection in any area of your life? Why not decide today to love yourself and be happy. When you do this you are better able to love others and experience a rich life.

We have two basic choices when it comes to self acceptance: to accept ourselves unconditionally or to only accept parts of ourselves . Both choices are yours to make. But one of these will give you a good quality of life and the other will limit you and your happiness.

This is not to say that you won’t have times of challenge with regards to your self image, but that after you passed through those challenging emotions you are left with a simple choice.

Would you like to feel happy and good about yourself, or not?

So how do we choose unconditional self acceptance?

What are the action steps? Let’s take a look at that now.

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Don’t Just Take a Break – Bust a Move and Build Some Muscle

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If you read a lot of self-improvement blogs like I do then you’ve probably heard of the concept of taking hourly breaks to improve productivity and reduce stress. And if you’re like me, it sounds great in theory, but in reality I don’t really do it. Why? I think maybe it’s because I don’t know what to do during that time. Certainly 5-10 minutes of meditation would be great, but most people’s work is already so cerebral, how about something physical instead? Here’s what I started doing and I love it!

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Forget the Diet Plans: The No-Brainer Way to Eat Healthy AND Lose Weight

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During my life I’ve had a love/hate view of “the meal plan” segment of diet books. I want to make it work, but often it just takes too much time and effort to follow the plan and so I don’t stick with it for more than a couple days.

I’ve read many many books and articles on nutrition, food as medicine, and weight loss. In that time I’ve come up with a simple formula that I use to eat healthy and lose/maintain weight.

What follows is a simple approach to eating that is both healthy and conducive to losing/maintaining your desired weight.

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What to Do If You Don’t Feel Like Running

don't feel like running

Consider not running.

That may not be the answer you were looking for…or maybe it is! 🙂 Either way, if you are a regular runner and you feel yourself dreading your run each day, you may need a day or even a week break from running.

And here’s the good news: It will likely be good for you to take that break! Here’s why:

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Running Tips

I have a “new” blog called RunningZen. The goal is to share tips, ideas, and reviews for runners. Some of the content will be pretty standard, but useful. And I hope that some of the content will be eccentric-and useful. This is a work in progress. I would love it if you would come visit and check out some of my beginning articles. I’d love it even more if you find it valuable enough to subscribe and share your thoughts in the comments there.

Click through for a sampling of my latest articles.

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Interview with Bellydance Superstar Ansuya!

Ansuya Bellydance Superstar

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As I mentioned in my recent Bellydance Resource Guide, I was fortunate to take a few classes with world-renown  bellydance superstar, Ansuya while I was in Florida last month. I was also fortunate to see her perform several times – Wow! And to top it all off, you and I are now fortunate to gain some wonderful insights from Ansuya in this in-depth interview. Thank you Ansuya!

When you’re done reading this be sure to check out her online bellydance classes. They really increase your skills while you have fun! At the end of this interview are links to some of her performance videos and a link to my review of Ansuya’s online classes.

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Ultimate Belly Dance Resource Guide: Videos, Music, Costumes, Props and More!

Belly dancing is is a wonderful form of self-expresson and a fun way to stay fit.  There are many benefits that you receive from “the dance”- better posture, feelings of joy, physical strength, and a sense of internal strength, just to name a few.

This belly dance resource guide will give you my highest recommendations in the realm of belly dance. Included are the best in videos, online belly dance classes, music, costumes, props, instruments, tips, performance checklist, and helpful websites. You’ll want to bookmark and share this webpage with your friends who belly dance or who are interested in getting started!

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How to Lose Weight – For Real, For Good, No Gimmicks, No Cost

Body Image. The subjective concept of one's physical appearance based on self-observation and the reactions of others.
Creative Commons License photo credit: Charlotte Astrid

 

Have you “tried everything” to lose weight and not really had the success you’d like? Would you like to finally get the job done and feel good about yourself? What if I told you It Can Be Done, it’s (relatively) easy, and it won’t cost you anything for the advice? Would you listen? Would you do it? Ok here’s how.

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