10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are)
by Pat Ballard
Your body is a unique work of art.
There never has been, nor will there ever be
another body just like yours.
Learn to love it and it will love you back.
Original trade paperback 140 pgs $14.95 ISBN 9781597190145 | Ebook $5.99 ISBN 9781597190503
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As a young woman Pat Ballard almost died trying to starve her body into a societally approved size. In 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) she shares the steps she created―and took―to heal the damage of years of dieting. Join her in celebrating size diversity, self esteem, positive body image, and health at every size.
Also by Pat Ballard
Once Upon Another Time | Adam & Evelyn | ASAP Nanny | Dangerous Love | The Best Man | Abigail’s Revenge | A Worthy Heir | His Brother’s Child | Nobody’s Perfect | Wanted: One Groom | Dangerous Curves Ahead: Short Stories | Something to Think About
Praise for 10 Steps to Loving Your Body
#88 of the Top 100 Best Self-Help Books of All Time
“A book that teaches acceptance over a radical diet is a rarity at bookstores…A writer of romance novels who struggled for years with a cycle of vicious diets, Ballard recounts her own journey to acceptance and a positive self image. She shares her secrets here with worksheets, advice and 10 steps that will help you focus on the positive aspects of your body, then begin rebuilding your image of yourself from the bottom up.”
“Thank you so much for saving my sanity. I have your list of 10 Steps to Loving Your Body in my cube at work and in a frame hanging over my dresser! Finally, someone who has made me realize I am awesome the way I am. A weight has been lifted off of my shoulders and I have never felt better about myself! Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
“…a mixture of personal coach and cheerleader for anyone looking to discover how to accept their body as it is, not as you want it to be. Complete with guidelines and worksheets, this book is aimed to help you stop fighting with your body.”
Liz at Healthbolt.net
“I have been a fan of Pat Ballard’s writing, and her vision, for years. If you haven’t learned to cherish your life’s vehicle―your body―this beautiful little book will make a big beautiful difference. If you already know what is truly important, this book will re-arm you for the sometimes daunting task of living fully at any size.”
Writer/Editor & past Editor-in-Chief of BBW
“With her wit and wisdom, Pat shares the secrets to eliminating self-loathing. This effervescent book lifts a woman’s spirits and toasts life as it should be lived!”
The Big Girl’s Guide to Life: A Plus-Sized Jaunt Through A Body-Obsessed World
Body Wisdom to Replace Body Warfare
“If you’re a woman, odds are you’re not happy with your body. You probably can’t remember when you weren’t at war with your belly or your thighs. (Men are beginning to catch up with their own versions of body discontent.) Western culture provides you with a steady stream of images and advice about an often unattainable “right” way to look, feeding your feelings that you just aren’t acceptable as you are.
“Enter Pat Ballard with 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) to supply a badly-needed alternative voice! Ballard’s easy-to-read, easy-to-use volume is like having your own personal coach and cheerleader for ending the warfare and making peace with the body you have. She’s out in front to show you the way, behind you to nudge you forward, and beside you offering support and encouragement for every step (all 10!) of your journey. She accomplishes this with guidelines (” . . . our bodies know what they want to look like”), worksheets to practice new ways of thinking and behaving (“. . .look for 10 good things about [your] body and try to develop them”), and the greatest collection of inspirational quotes for body-love and general self-respect you’re likely to find anywhere (for example, from Gloria Steinem, “Each individual woman’s body demands to be accepted on it’s own terms.” Or, from an unknown author, “‘It’s not who you are that holds you back; it’s who you think you’re not.”)
“10 Steps is your body’s best friend in pocket form. I’m delighted to have it on hand to recommend―personally and professionally―to anyone struggling with body image and the inkling that it’s better to embrace than fight the one-and-only body you have.”
author of Eating Disorders for Dummies
(review posted on Amazon.com)