who do you see in the mirror?

Love Your Body

It wasn't me that I expected to change and inspire when we created "Love Your Body" month at the Carlsbad Forum store.

We created a recent store window display to educate on body dysmorphic disorder, running rampant in fit rooms across America, especially in our community.

The Mirror

Jacquie and Kenna created a story showing a fit woman looking in the mirror, which to passers-by is a standard mirror. To her, the reflection back is similar to that from a funhouse mirror. As she comments how much she hates her muffin top, a woman behind her says she wishes she looked like that, and two men trailing behind exclaim their interest in getting to know her better. This scenario is all-too-common.

Fit Room Mirror

To correspond with our window, we rolled out a challenge to said guests and educators in the fit rooms. We all hold each other accountable for not complaining about how we look. If anyone is "caught" we enroll them in dropping and doing 10 exercises corresponding with the area of complaint.

Caught complaining?

We are doing this to bring awareness to unnecessary complaining and inspiring taking a second thought first, not so much to fix the alleged problem zones.

I've found my abs stronger and chest more sore than ever these past few weeks. Why? Because I am complaining!

Who do I see in the mirror? I don't see what others see. I've become (alarmingly) aware of this and make every effort now to not make disparaging remarks about myself.

So what am I doing about this? I talk to trusted family and friends for support. During my yoga practice I "let go" of concern for what I may see in the mirror. I focus past my reflection, and look into myself. When I run, I focus on elongating my spine and legs, not for vanity – to feel long.

No complaints will come from my direction any longer. And if they do, my fellow educators – and guests – now have permission to hold me accountable to this.

If you or someone you know may be suffering from a body image or eating disorder, please visit here for help and resources.

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Lauren- this is amazing…all too often does this happen, and i have had many a conversation with my friends back home about this exact disorder. Great job acknowledging it, and congratulations on the success. Im working in the new Brisbane store with your beloved Chelsea and have taken on the VM window execution. This one is thought provoking and personal.

Comment by Sheila — July 21, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

This is such an amazing store focus. I complain about my body all the time, which stems from an old eating disorder that I am still working on kicking. Calling attention to this and bringing it out into the open is great. Taking it farther and doing something about it is truly inspiring! Way to go!

Comment by kaylan — July 21, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

Thank you (from our store) for the feedback on our challenge. We are recommitting to holding everyone to it moving forward, especially each other. Feel free to use these ideas at your stores or places of business. It’s really quite powerful!

Comment by Lauren Clapperton — July 21, 2009 @ 10:04 pm

Kristy Jacobs I HATE Lululemon at Bellevue square…took back a jacket to exchange for a different size and color…she “felt it and sniffed it” ??? and then told me I’d washed it…only had it 7 days, and I admitted I had worn it….sniffed again, felt again and said it felt “creepy” to her……….really? I’m gonna have to go down the bad road….. :)

This was posted on my facebook……I am on a mission…who the flip do these people think they are?? Do you have to be chunky, thick and mean to work for your company…….I am on a misssion!!! LOVE facebook and the internet….!!!! Kristy jacobs

Comment by Kristy Jacobs — September 13, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

I’m taking a picture of this page….let’s see how long it stays up lolololol

Comment by Kristy Jacobs — September 13, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

Hi Kristy,
I’m sorry to hear your experience at our Bellevue Square store was less-than-wonderful. Our return policy states that items must be unwashed, unworn, with tags attached, original receipt, and within 14 days of purchase to be returned or exchanged. I can understand the educator not returning the item because it had been worn/washed.

I’m a little confused by the educator’s use of the word “creepy”, and will be emailing the store your comment.

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Comment by Laura M — September 14, 2010 @ 10:27 am

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