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Body Image, Self-Confidence, and Letting Yourself Be Seen

Jun 25, 2018

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Ruth Soukup

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Body Image, Self-Confidence, and Letting Yourself Be Seen

Welcome to Do It Scared ™ podcast! In every episode of this podcast, we’ll talk about how to face your fears, overcome obstacles, and create a life you love! In this episode, we’ll talk about a topic that affects our self-confidence more than most of us would like to admit: body image.

First of all, I just want to say that talking about these things is a “do it scared” experience for me. For most of us, especially women, it’s hard to talk about our self-confidence (or lack thereof) and our weight. The truth for me is that my weight and body image have been a struggle for a while now, and it’s still scary for me to talk about them.

For the last eight years, my focus has been on work. There are people out there who claim to be able to make bundles of money while working a few hours a week, but I’m not one of those people! I’ve worked a lot. Eventually, all this work paid off! My company is doing great, and I’m so proud of it, but all of this came at a cost. My weight steadily crept upward over these years, and it really started to affect me. I started hiding, both from the world and from myself.

In this episode, I’ll confide in you about the moment that I realized that I had to change, and the very personal journey I’ve been on to lose weight, boost my self-confidence, and improve my body image. I’ll also talk to you about the four steps that have made the difference for me in this journey.

First, you have to find your why that will get you through the unpleasant parts of changing your lifestyle. The second of these steps is to map out a plan for how you’re going to lose weight. Once you’ve done these first two steps, the third step is to create accountability in a way that forces you to follow through. The fourth step is to take action daily. This is a choice that you need to make every single day!

Tune into this episode to learn all of these steps in more detail, and how you can apply them to your own journey to lose weight and strengthen your self-confidence. If you’re ready to be in the best shape of your life and feel better than you have in years, this is the episode for you!

Highlights

[02:12] – Ruth introduces the topic of today’s episode: the connection between body image and self-confidence, and how feeling good about your physical appearance can totally change your outlook on life.
[04:37] – Talking about this very personal topic is a “do it scared” moment for Ruth.
[07:09] – Ruth’s gradual weight gain started to affect her, both in her personal life and in her business.
[09:10] – The week that Ruth weighed herself, between Christmas and New Year’s, is her favorite week because it’s goal week! She set a goal to be in the best shape of her life by her 40th birthday.
[11:12] – Ruth took four key steps this year to make all the difference in her journey to losing weight and improving her body image.
[11:36] – We learn about the first of the four steps that Ruth has mentioned.
[13:51] – If you want to lose weight, there are two things that you really need to do: eat fewer calories and exercise more.
[15:46] – Keep in mind that your “why” might be completely different from Ruth’s, and might be related to saving your relationships or to your career.
[16:27] – Ruth describes the second step in her weight-loss journey.
[19:30] – Step three in Ruth’s plan is to create accountability, which she did in a number of ways.
[21:42] – Ruth gives a second example of a way that she used accountability.
[23:32] – We learn about the fourth and final step in Ruth’s process.
[25:34] – Losing weight is hard and brutal, and it sucks! Even so, it’s definitely worth it.
[27:27] – If you want the worksheet that goes with this episode, head to this link or text “body image” to 44222.