Transformative Journal Prompts to Improve Body Image

Written By:


Ryann Nicole

Discovering the diet game changer for me was all about breaking free from the fear of packing on pounds. Let me tell you, my body image was the sneakiest culprit in my ongoing food saga. It hit me like a ton of bricks: every time I found myself in a binge-eating frenzy or counting calories, it was all because I was pretty darn mad at my own body. It had nothing to do with the burgers, pizzas, or salads I devoured – it was all about my body.

So, what’s the deal, you ask? Well, I realized it was high time to shift my focus away from obsessing about food and start putting my energy into loving my body. If I didn’t tackle this body image issue head-on, the food battle would never end.

Journal Prompts to Boost Body Image

Now, to help you take on this body positivity journey, I’ve got three journal prompts that’ll guide you through the realm of body shame. No judgment here, just some real-talk questions to get you thinking.

What’s more important about me than my body?

Take a moment to jot down all the awesome things that make you, well, you. Your accomplishments, your talents, everything that’s got zero to do with your body. Remember, your body is just one piece of the puzzle, not the whole game. So, imagine what life could look like if it weren’t calling all the shots. This list serves two awesome purposes: it’s a wake-up call and a go-to cheer-up on those bad body image days.

What’s lurking behind my fear of weight gain? What’s that weight gain mean to me, anyway?

Let’s be real, it’s not the extra pounds that freak us out – it’s what we’ve linked them to in our heads. So, what’s the real deal? It might take some pondering, but ask yourself: when you’re stressing over the scale, what are you actually afraid of? Maybe it’s your health, but chances are, it’s deeper than that.

How’s body-hate holding me back from living my best life?

Time for some brutal honesty – make a list of all the things your body hang-ups have kept you from doing. Seriously, everything. Now, look at that list and ask yourself: “Is it worth it? Is it worth missing out on all these amazing experiences to keep living the way I am?”

Shifting The Body Focus

Now, I won’t sugarcoat it – making peace with your body isn’t a quick fix. I’ve been there, and I get it. But believe me when I say this: once you start embracing your body rather than rejecting it, you’ll unlock the door to food serenity. It’s a journey, but it’s one that’s totally worth it, promise!

Must Read Books To Break Out Of The Comparison Trap 

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Untamed by Glennon Doyle 

For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her own discontent. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There She Is. At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high. But she soon realized they had come to her from within. This was her own voice—the one she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions, cultural conditioning, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl she had been before the world told her who to be. Glennon decided to quit abandoning herself and to instead abandon the world’s expectations of her. She quit being good so she could be free. She quit pleasing and started living.

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

⚠️ Trigger Warning: spicy language and some weight loss talk

There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

The Courage To Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga 

A thought-provoking self-help book that explores the profound teachings of Alfred Adler through a unique Socratic dialogue. It delves into the principles of happiness, relationships, and personal growth, challenging conventional beliefs and encouraging readers to embrace their individuality with courage and wisdom.

The Mountain Is You: Transforming Self-Sabotage Into Self-Mastery by Brianna Weist 

This is a book about self-sabotage. Why we do it, when we do it, and how to stop doing it—for good. Coexisting but conflicting needs create self-sabotaging behaviors. This is why we resist efforts to change, often until they feel completely futile. But by extracting crucial insight from our most damaging habits, building emotional intelligence by better understanding our brains and bodies, releasing past experiences at a cellular level, and learning to act as our highest potential future selves, we can step out of our own way and into our potential. For centuries, the mountain has been used as a metaphor for the big challenges we face, especially ones that seem impossible to overcome. To scale our mountains, we actually have to do the deep internal work of excavating trauma, building resilience, and adjusting how we show up for the climb. In the end, it is not the mountain we master, but ourselves.

Ryann Nicole

Licensed Therapist, Certified Nutritionist, and Virtual Wellness Coach

Ryann is a licensed therapist and virtual wellness coach who has assisted individuals worldwide in establishing a healthier relationship with food and their bodies.

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