I had a professor who once said, “Trying to control your mind is like trying to control a room full of drunken monkeys.” When it comes to your own body image, I bet you understand. How often have you had negative thoughts such as:
- What size of clothes does that person wear? She’s probably a size ____.
- What have I eaten so far today? What will I eat tomorrow? (Obsessing about food.)
- I hate my ______. (Fill in the blank with waist, fanny, etc.)
- Is that person skinnier than me?
First of all, it’s not a good idea to hang out in your head. It’s a jungle in there! Often it leads to envy, despair, and other types of stinkin’ thinking’, as the twelve step programs say. But you are a unique masterpiece, created by a loving God. He created you for other purposes besides obsessing about your fanny. Who knew?
Try this: The next time you have a negative body image thought, picture a huge stop sign. Think of yelling, “STOP!” Then ask the Lord to redirect your thinking. If you force yourself to do this it will become a habit. After all, you have a much greater calling than obsessing about food, fat, and your fanny.