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Beating Body Image Issues: Compared to Who?

Beating my body image issues meant getting real about having body image issues. I’ve spent my life believing my issues were with my body. I was so wrong!(Last Updated On: December 14, 2017)

Beating my body image issues meant getting real about having body image issues. I’ve spent much of my adult life believing that my issues were with my body.

If my body looked better, I wouldn’t have any issues, right? I was so wrong. I didn’t even realize I was working on the wrong AREA of my life!

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Of course, when I did lose weight, I noticed the stretch marks from the extra weight or the wrinkles in my face became more prominent. Every step toward my ideal body brought up new body image issues to worry about: varicose veins, chin hair, visible scars. I was never going to get there.

But that didn’t stop me from believing I was supposed to.

My body image issues were so ingrained I couldn’t separate my worth as a person from my imperfections.

I did things like walk for two hours everyday, skip meals, and start marathon running despite major joint pain because I felt compelled to reach this place of good enough physical perfection.

Beating my body image issues meant getting real about having body image issues. I’ve spent my life believing my issues were with my body. I was so wrong!
used with permission – Heather Creekmore 2017

Body image issues even spilled over into my nutrition. I skipped too many meals and didn’t eat nutritious food in proper proportions. I tried every diet and exercise plan, but none could change how I felt inside my own heart.

My body image issues were so ingrained I couldn't separate my worth from my imperfections. Click To Tweet

I’m ashamed of how body image has affected my life. I’ve cancelled plans or been too embarrassed to go places because I don’t have clothes to cover my problem areas. Because of my appearance, I’ve felt like a failure as a person.

I’ve cried so many tears wishing I could just be normal. The joke was on me! I am normal – like the 91% of women who also struggle with body image issues.

I’ve been on a journey to let go of my body image issues for the last few years, but Heather Creekmore’s book has helped free me in a way I didn’t expect.

At first, I didn’t want to read Compared to Who?.  I was so sure this was just another DIET book, full of the same old platitudes.

God only cares about your heart. It’s the inside that matters.

UGH! While those are true statements, they only help so much unless you deal with the real issue. Because deep down, while I know God loves me and values me for the inside, I want other people to think I’m wonderful too. There’s the real issue-Pride.

Despite my resistance, God was working on my body image issues and wasn’t going to leave me alone. I kept seeing this book everywhere.

Clearly, God wanted me to read this book.

When my copy arrived, I was hesitant but after a few pages, Heather’s humor and compassionate honesty captured my attention.

She confessed all thoughts I’ve secretly thought: every silent smug vanity, the catty comparisons, my shame when I didn’t match up, believing I just needed to have enough self-esteem to accept myself the way I am. So much of her story related to mine!

And I knew she understood. So when she asked me to rethink everything I’ve ever thought about vanity and body image, I was willing.

Compared to Who? offers us the heart of our body image issues and lets us quit comparing. Click To Tweet

What’s more, Compared to Who? showed me how I’ve been missing the heart issue of my body image issues.

I would recommend this book to anyone struggling with body image issues or vanity. Even though it mostly pertains to women, Heather speaks to the heart of the matter, our sinful flesh.

While I received a free copy from the author, the opinions are my own!

If you take what she says to heart, read the scriptures, and ask God to work in your heart, you will change. I am beating my body image issues, and freedom never felt so good.

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20 thoughts on “Beating Body Image Issues: Compared to Who?

  1. I have read so many good things about this book!! I need to add it to my reading list!

    1. Just DO it! If I review a book, I usually love it, but this one really changed my heart.

  2. Thanks for being so honest! I’ll definitely add this to my list. 🙂

    1. Lifeway is featuring it this week!

  3. How wonderful that this book was an instrument in your healing! Thank you for sharing <3

  4. I think body image struggles and comparisons are some that every woman has faced in her life. It’s definitely an ongoing struggle for me. Thank you so much for your honesty. I’ve seen this book everywhere it seems and need to check it out.

    1. It is the #1 New Release! It was well-written, convicting and something that has made me realize just how much comparison I’m really guilty of.

  5. I love this post and your willingness to be vulnerable. Thank you for your words.

  6. Wow! Sounds like a really great book! I’ve struggled with body image now and then, but you are absolutely right, the root of the problem is not physical. Thanks for sharing about this!

    1. The more I explore this book, the more I realize its message crosses into so many of the secret places of comparison, vanity and pride.

  7. This post was definitely needed! I’m going to have to get the book!

    1. Changed how I perceive so many things. It should come with a warning – this book may change more than your body image.

  8. This is such a big struggle for so many women, but I love how you started with sharing your own experience and how you were looking at the wrong side of things. This is very encouraging and your wisdom is so clear throughout this post! Praying for you!

    1. Thank you. The way Heather puts it made me realize the beauty idol we have set in our hearts and our need for repentance.

  9. This sounds like a good book–I’ve dealt with some of the same issues the last few years. Adding it to my wish list!

    1. Today is the Launch Day! It is so exciting! If you think you’ll read it, grab a copy and tuck it away!

  10. Thank you so much for this, so true. I struggle with this all the time. I try to compare myself to my stunning best friend who I feel like has it all together and her looks together, I need to stop

    1. It is hard not to, but reminding myself that it’s a sin and just taking captive those thoughts had really made a huge difference for me.

  11. What a powerful testimony – i haven’t quite gotten to that stage yet

    1. Thank you for saying so. We all need to know that we’re who we are supposed to be.

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