Operation Beautiful: Transforming the Way You See Yourself One Post-it Note at aTime Paperback – Aug 3 2010
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"Operation Beautiful is an amazing book and movement that greatly helps women take control and start slicing out self-hate, stitching up self-esteem, and finally start healing from all the body drama that's making us sick!"
-Nancy Redd, New York Times bestselling author of Body Drama: Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers
"In a time when so many people have their self-esteem and inner sense of wellness determined by plastic and often unrealistic standards, Operation Beautiful guides the way to loving oneself in a wholesome sense and to being the healthiest, best you can be!"
-Jennifer Ashton, M.D., CBS News Medical Correspondent and author of The Body Scoop for Girls
"Operation Beautiful is tea and sympathy, a kick in the pants, and a pep talk from a trusted friend all in one. Caitlin walks the walk and expertly weaves her own deep-held secrets in with life-changing stories of women from all around the world...should be mandatory reading for women everywhere."
-Stepfanie Romine, SparkPeople.com
About the Author
CAITLIN BOYLE is the editor of operationbeautiful.com and writes a daily food and fitness blog, Healthy Tipping Point, which garner more than 520,000 hits per month combined. For five years, she served as a contributing columnist for The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition. She lives in Orlando, Florida.
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It's a nice idea, but it's really not worth any money. Maybe borrow it from the library.
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I will probably donate my copy to Goodwill as it's currently collecting dust.
I have been anorexic. I have been obese. And I can tell you that it is absolutely ridiculous and juvenile to suggest that someone deep in the grips of an eating disorder, or someone who truly feels horrible about the way they look, will just magically feel better by reading a positive sticky note left by a total stranger.
The book is split into seven chapters, each chapter focusing on subjects such as Fighting Fat Talk, Family and Friends, Fitness, Food, and Faith. The subject that resonated with me most was Fat-Talk. “Fat Talk” is the idea of shaming yourself for not meeting a perfectionist ideal that is unattainable and determined by societal standards. Like many others, I have been guilty of looking in the mirror with a sigh and feeling down about my appearance, specifically my weight. For young American women, there is incredible pressure to look a certain way. We are taught that appearance is the most important thing about us, but what if we all truly believed we were beautiful despite our flaws? This book helped spark a whole new sense of confidence in me. Now instead of sighing in front of the mirror, I smile and pick out all of the things that make me an amazing and beautiful individual. Of course I still have my insecurities every now and then, but Operation Beautiful has helped me to realize that each imperfection is what makes me unique.
Inspired by Boyle and the testimonies included in her book, I decided to try Operation Beautiful in my college dorm hall bathroom to brighten the days of my friends and possibly even change their lives forever. I began small with a note on the mirror saying, “Write a positive note and post it on the mirror. You are ALL beautiful and loved!” Along with this note, I left Post-it notes and pen for others to write positive messages like mine. At first I was unsure of the success of my attempt, but just overnight the mirror was covered with beautiful messages. Each Post-it note conveyed the idea that we are all beautiful, enough, and perfect just the way we are. I was able to witness how the movement impacted the ladies on my hall as each left the building with a huge smile on their face. The Operation Beautiful movement at my college campus began small, but the ladies on my hall have shared their experiences with the movement and have left notes all around our college campus.
Boyle’s book is a great read for anyone teens and up. Although the main audience is women and girls, the principals behind the message and movement would also apply to both boys and men who need a confidence boost. This is an inspiring, easy to read book with a beautiful message. I recommend this book (and Boyle’s blog) for anyone in need of a confidence boost or a new, more positive outlook on beauty and self-love.