I hate being a copycat, but for this I will do it. I mean, it is National Love Your Body Day.
I firmly believe the first step to losing weight/finding a healthy weight is loving yourself. Just that one little spark where you decide to at least work to love yourself and believe you deserve good things is what can carry you through the hard work to come. If you don’t think you are worth it you won’t get very far. So no matter how unhappy you feel in your body you must find some value in your body to start changing it and making it stronger.
So what’s my point? Well today my good friend MizFit posted about National Love Your Body Day. Which is TODAY of course! Her post led me back to Mish’s amazing post called Exposed, which led me to Esther’s original post called The Naked Truth, and finally a tweet sent me to the awesome exposed post from Roni.
They all had the courage to do something I’ve never thought I would be brave enough to do. I don’t even wear bathing suits without shorts, for crying out loud. But today, on National Love Your Body day, I’m going to stop hiding. I could write a post about all the things I still want to change, to make look better, but I won’t. Instead, I’m going to honor the body that I have right now, in the stage that it is currently in. I am going to love it now, accept it, and still look forward to more positive changes
Why I Love My Body
So my answer to the “Why do you love your body?” is this:
- Despite the abuse, still functions well
- Throws hard punches
- The tummy dance
- Helps me climb
- Snowboards every winter
- Carries me all day, every day
- Keeps going
There are a lot of reasons that I love my body. Most of all, I love it because it’s mine.
My body is not perfect. In fact, it is probably farther from “perfect” than anyone who has done this yet, but I’m comfortable in it. And I love it… because it’s mine. No one else’s. So if I think it is beautiful, then it is.
It’s taken a lot of tears and lots of practice to get to the point where I love my body. I’m still working on it. Some days, I don’t do as well as others. This blog is an outlet for that process. I want to continue my journey and hopefully inspire some of you as well. You don’t have to look like a model or even be thin to love your body. Think of all the things it can do and how it moves and feels. It’s your body. It is a beautiful thing.
Why Do You Love Your Body
So I’ve shown you my thoughts. I’ve let you know where I am and what I think about my body.
I know positive self-image and positive body image is hard in our society when we are constantly being told we aren’t good enough. It’s hard to feel good about yourself when you are constantly bombarded by advertising messages that have to convince you of your flaws in order to sell you new products. Fix those wrinkles! Lose some weight! Your skin isn’t the right color! Your hair should be shiny! It seems the messages never end and we always feel that we aren’t quite good enough.
Despite those messages we all need to cultivate positive self-worth and positive body image within ourselves. Start now, start today. Think of the reasons why your body is amazing and why you love. Don’t think about the supposed “flaws”, just dwell on the amazing features and qualities of your body.
And now I want to know the same things the others wanted to know….
Why do YOU love your body? What do you love about it?