I love to read. I am someone who brings books on road trips and devours them while my husband sits quietly beside me and does all the driving. He gets me.
I am one of those proud adults who reads way too many teen books. Luckily, I look like a teenager, so no one really questions it. I am also one of those people who gets very irritated when people try to talk to me while I’m reading. I always thought books were pretty good “Do Not Disturb” signs, but maybe not.
I am also someone who has always, always, always struggled with body image. When these two worlds collide and I find an amazing book that helps me overcome body image issues, it is a beautiful thing.
Anastasia Amour’s self-help book, Inside Out (not to be confused with the sob-inducing Pixar movie of the same name—though it is also amazing), came to me at a really perfect time. If you’ve ever read my blog before, you know that I’ve been on a weight loss journey for almost two years now, but losing weight doesn’t always make those body image issues go away.
I have lost a lot of weight and definitely gained a lot of confidence, but there is always a little voice inside my head telling me I haven’t lost enough weight or I’m still heavier than all the other women in the room or whatever. It’s important to stifle that voice, but I don’t always succeed.
Inside Out has really helped me through a lot of those negative thoughts I have about my body. The book takes you on a 14-day journey to break down those walls of negativity and rebuild them with a firm foundation of a positive, encouraging outlook.
I have loved reading Anastasia’s book and participating each day in the questions she provides at the end of each chapter. These exercises sometimes really challenged me, but they were good challenges.
Body image is something so many people struggle with, and I know it’s hard to reverse the negative thoughts we have about ourselves. This book helps you, day by day, to change that perspective, to see the beauty in those things you once saw as flaws, as failure.
I absolutely recommend this book to everyone, but I especially think you should check it out if you’re also on a weight loss journey or just really struggling with accepting your body. Lucky for you, Anastasia has very generously given all my beautiful, loyal readers a discount code for 15% off the book or ebook! It’s a win-win! Just use code RUNNINGWITHRANDOM when you purchase the book here, and you’re all set! Please note: The book and ebook do not go on sale until November 14, so be sure to mark your calendar!
I know it’s easy to fall down that rabbit hole of beating yourself up over the way your body looks, but don’t forget that God created each of us with purpose and intention, and He makes no mistakes. If you’re struggling with body image, and even if you’re perfectly comfortable with how you look (good for you!), I want you to know that you are beautiful and strong and loved.
This book can’t cure our body image issues, but it can help us grow so much and find a healthy mindset about our bodies. I challenge you to check it out, keep up with the daily exercises, and let me know your thoughts on it as you go along or when you complete it.
I definitely still struggle with body image. I definitely wish I was thinner or more toned or loved to exercise. But I also know that I have a sharp mind, strong willpower (it wasn’t easy losing 55 pounds when my favorite foods are brownies and pasta!), and that I am beautiful in God’s eyes.
Check out Inside Out here, and don’t forget you can get 15% off with code RUNNINGWITHRANDOM when you purchase either the book or ebook on or after November 14. I can’t wait to hear what you think, and I hope it changes you the same way it changed me.