Last night, I was surfing TV shows on my iPad. I was looking for something to watch for a little while before bed. Just some me time after putting the kids to sleep. I found a show called, “How to Look Good Naked.” I don’t think it’s been on air for a while. It was a Lifetime Television show around 2008-2009 but I LOVED it! The premise is to help women of all shapes and sizes feel good about their bodies, especially NAKED! Here is the networks description:
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Fab Five leader Carson Kressley teaches women how to bring forth their inner and outer beauty without plastic surgery or extreme dieting. Over the course of five days Carson will introduce new, beneficial changes for subjects in his signature humorous way. Each episode will culminate in an ego-boosting fashion and beauty photo shoot for the lucky subject.
Heck, I wish I could be on this show. I’d love an ego boost to help me let go of my issues with my “problem areas,” wouldn’t you? The episode I watched was about a mother and daughter who each had very low self esteem and feelings about their body image. The mother constantly criticized herself in front of her daughter, which influenced her feeling bad about herself as well. Here is a clip from this episode:
As a mom, I try my best never to say bad things about my body in front of my daughter. I talk about health and strength and what my body can do and not what it looks like. That said, she still hears things at school and at only 8 years old she will sometimes ask if she looks fat. REALLY! Where does this come from in our society. I am going to view this show with her so we can have a discussion about healthy body image. I want her to feel good about herself regardless of her shape or size.
How do you feel about yourself naked? When is the last time you checked out yourself in the mirror in the buff? I think most of us can admit that it’s not our favorite thing to do. After seeing this show, I was inspired to give it a try. There are parts of my body that I love. Parts that I appreciate so much more in my 40’s than I did in my 20’s. There are of course parts that I don’t like so much. I really want the anti-cellulite fairies to come and take mine away. But, I am trying to once again focus on the fact that my legs are strong and still damn sexy even with a few dimples. I envy other women who have no cellulite, but they may envy my breasts or my shoulders. We all have amazing attributes regardless of our size.
When is the last time you looked at yourself naked? Give it a try, find at least 5 things you love about your body. Focus on those things and shut out the bad. This is an exercise I am going to try once a month. Give it a try and let me know how it goes. Search for “How to Look Good Naked” to check out an episode for yourself too.