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 We are drowning in a tsunami of cultural messages that shout, “Thin is beautiful, and beauty is almost everything.”  You have dieted, binged, exercised, and starved yourself at time to chase Skinny. Yet in your soul, you’ve always wondered if Skinny would truly land you in the perfect life. Join Cherrie Herrin-Michehl, MA, LMHC, a…

Your Body Image Time Line

Originally posted on Tooshie: Defeating the Body Image Bandit:
When did you first begin to obsess about your body?  Can you identify what event or events sprung you into yo-yo dieting, starving yourself, purging, binge eating, and/or excessive exercising? Once you can do that, you’ve identified a major contributor that prevents you from developing healthy relationships with…

The Game of Body Shame

   Game of Body Shame: Start with your game piece- shaped appropriately like a pair of jeans. All players start at square one – the square of shame. 1. Shame: You feel discouraged because you don’t match the photo-shopped, false concept of beauty promoted in our culture. Roll the dice and move to the next…

Body Image and Fat Talk

“I’m tired of the way women talk so much about food, diet and fitness issues,” Cindy said.  She sipped her chai tea Starbucks latte as she played with the wrapper from the straw. “I know, ” I said. “Sometimes I wonder if women could go a whole week without talking about                  diets,                                     workout plans, calories, fat…

Body Image and Humor: Woman vs. Kitty

Great news!  I just learned that chocolate has superb anti-aging properties.  I read a short article about this while waiting for my kitty’s appointment.  If I keep drinking mochas at the same rate, I should reclaim my 29th birthday by Labor Day! I guess I will keep feeding the chocolate monster within.  Maybe I should…

Body Image and Aging: My Eyelids Are Falling to my Bellybutton

My eyelids have a problem: They are falling every day, and at this rate they will be to my bellybutton by next Spring. I’ve thought of different ways to stop the sagging. I  could use scotch tape, but I’m not sure how well it would work. Or maybe tooth picks would do the trick. Neither of…

HELP! I Have a Hair Emergency

I really wish there was a hair hotline for people to call when they are about ready to get out the weed whacker or dog clipper and whack it all off. “Hair Hotline.  Is this a hair emergency?’ “Yes, it is,” I assured Ms. Hair.  “I’ve been growing my hair out for months, and I’m…

Body Image and Fat Talk

“I’m tired of the way women talk so much about food, diet and fitness issues,” Cindy said.  She sipped her chai tea Starbucks latte as she played with the wrapper from the straw. “I know, ” I said. “Sometimes I wonder if women could go a whole week without talking about                  diets,                                     workout plans, calories, fat…

Tooshie: Defeating the Body Image Bandit, chapter one

Note:  Normally my posts are 300-500 words.  I apologize in advance for the length of this post.  Since it is the first chapter of my book, it is longer.  I would greatly appreciate your feedback.  What if you and your body could finally make peace?  You have dieted, exercised, and poured it into jeans three sizes…