Tapati's Body Image Workshop: Day Three Assignment

by TapatiThis one can be a quick brainstorm for most of you--it's the second step that will take more time.Make a list of ten things you would like to do if you had your ideal body that you aren't doing now. Most of us do have a picture in mind of what our ideal body would look like--plus or minus x pounds, minus the scar, with a little more or less height, younger/older, different hair or features--and we imagine we'd be more confident and take more risks or do different things if we looked like our ideal image.In the case of illness or loss of certain abilities this can be more challenging, of course. There are literally some things you may not be able to do.Step 2 is to pick one … [Read more...]

Tapati's Body Image Workshop: Playlist

Body Image Playlistby TapatiBeautiful by Christina AguileraMahbootay by Laura LoveVideo by Indie ArieGirl Next Door and Imperfection by Saving JaneAt Seventeen by Janis IanWhy do you love me? or Bleed like me by GarbageCrazy by Simple PlanUnpretty by TLCPerfectly Flawed by OtepFat Boy by BizarreBaby Got Back by Sir Mixalot (ok, yes this is funny but those of us with large butts were really happy to have a veritable anthem!) … [Read more...]

Tapati’s Body Image Workshop: Day Two Assignment

by TapatiWrite your body a letter--and allow your body to respond.I would suggest doing this regularly. You can also apply this technique to any particular body part.It sounds so simple--and yet it yields so much if you really open yourself up to a dialog. It is modeled after the empty chair type exercises psychology has utilized for years. Can't talk to your deceased relative? Write a letter or address them in an empty chair or at their grave site. It's the same principle.Of course your body is another part of YOU. Yet it is possible for different parts of you to have a dialog. Don't you do this all the time when you are deciding whether or not to exercise, eat well, or buy that … [Read more...]

Tapati's Body Image Workshop: Recovery From Crash Dieting

by TapatiYears ago as part of my body image work I went on a "recovery from dieting" program. My relationship with food was a mess after years of crash dieting and growing up in a family of crash dieters. Foods were all divided into strict categories of good and bad, and I associated the "good" foods with starvation diets I'd been on, and the punishment and deprivation I'd experienced. I beat myself up mentally for wanting or enjoying the "bad" foods, foods I now can enjoy in moderation.The rules were simple:1. Eat only when hungry.This was mostly a challenge of recognizing when I was hungry and eating right away. I found I was more likely to go past that point and only eat when I … [Read more...]

Tapati's Body Image Workshop: Day One Assignment

by TapatiFind some images online, in card shops, in books or magazines, or elsewhere of women (or men) whose body type resembles your own. It’s OK if this project takes more than one day, but spend at least 15 minutes per day on it until you have assembled several images. You might color-copy or scan some images if you go to the library to find them. When it comes to magazines, you might look in something other than fashion-oriented issues. Try everything from National Geographic to alternative press titles. Pagan magazines are a good bet for a variety of images.Older woman can find some wonderful images in a deck of cards entitled “Wisdom of the Crone.” You can find them at http: … [Read more...]

Tapati's Body Image Workshop: Why Body Image Matters

by TapatiMy involvement with the issue of body image came out of my encounter with the size acceptance movement in the late 1980s. I was fortunate enough to meet Ruah Bull, a body image educator. I had never heard of such a thing but soon I was exposed to her classes at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California. She had studied with body image guru Marcia Hutchinson and had joined with other large women to form a radical group that occasionally defaced billboards with thin models and went out to eat together in public—always a radical act for a large woman. They encouraged each other to wear sexy clothing and supported each other’s efforts to throw off inhibitions that they’d absorbed in our l … [Read more...]


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