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Self-Acceptance Step 3: Get to Know Yourself Better

By Michelle May, M.D.

Love-the-one-youre-with - smIn Self-Acceptance Step 2: Accept Yourself As You Are Right Now, we talked about how to overcome the barriers that keep us from accepting ourselves as we are. But who are you?

No matter how closely your body conforms (or doesn’t conform) to the cultural ideal, you are more than a body! Take time to do some soul-searching and discover who you really are. I recommend exploring some of these topics in a journal. (Don’t be modest! Let yourself shine!)

  • What (non-physical) attributes do you like or appreciate about yourself?
  • What are your values?
  • What are your aspirations?
  • What do you like to do?
  • What are you good at?
  • What comes naturally to you that is difficult for others?
  • What do you want to learn?
  • What do you really care—or even feel passionately—about?

Take the time to really get to know the person you spend the most time with. You might realize that it is pretty easy to love the one you’re with!

Please comment: What might happen if you focused on these instead of putting your life on hold until you reach some arbitrary standard of beauty or health?

Up next: Step 4: Get Connected


About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

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