20 Ways to Love Your Body

It’s our responsibility to take care of ourselves! We can’t serve others from an empty vessel!

I do not honestly believe that people intentionally mistreat their bodies….It’s simply a lack of knowledge as to what to do to take better care of themselves.

It’s not radical…It’s not about dieting. It’s about making better choices and living thoughtfully!

 

 

20 Ways to Love Your Body

Compiled By: Margo Maine, PhD

1. Think of your body as the vehicle to your dreams. Honor it. Respect it. Fuel it.

2. Create a list of all the things your body lets you do. Read it and add to it often.

3. Become aware of what your body can do each day. Remember it is the instrument of your life, not just an ornament.

4. Create a list of people you admire: people who have contributed to your life, your community, or the world. Consider whether their appearance was important to their success and accomplishments.

5.Walk with your head held high, supported by pride and confidence in yourself as a person.

6. Don’t let your weight or shape keep you from activities that you enjoy.

7. Wear comfortable clothes that you like, that express your personal style, and that feel good to your body.

8. Count your blessings, not your blemishes.

9. Think about all the things you could accomplish with the time and energy you currently spend worrying about your body and appearance. Try one!

10. Be your body’s friend and supporter, not its enemy.

11. Consider this: your skin replaces itself once a month, your stomach lining every five days, your liver every six weeks, and your skeleton every three months. Your body is extraordinary—begin to respect and appreciate it.

12. Every morning when you wake up, thank your body for resting and rejuvenating itself so you can enjoy the day.

13. Every evening when you go to bed, tell your body how much you appreciate what it has allowed you to do throughout the day.

14. Find a method of exercise that you enjoy and do it regularly. Don’t exercise to lose weight or to fight your body. Do it to make your body healthy and strong and because it makes you feel good.
Exercise for the Three F’s: Fun, Fitness, and Friendship.

15. Think back to a time in your life when you felt good about your body. Loving your body means you get to feel like that again, even in this body, at this age.

16. Keep a list of 10 positive things about yourself—without mentioning your appearance. Add to it daily!

17. Put a sign on each of your mirrors saying, “I’m beautiful inside and out.”

18. Search for the beauty in the world and in yourself.

19. Consider that, “Life is too short to waste my time hating my body this way.”

20. Eat when you are hungry. Rest when you are tired. Surround yourself with people that remind you of your inner strength and beauty

 

Feeling Comfortable in Your Skin

Photography by Tracy Sheppard of Studio Soleil
Photography by Tracy Sheppard of Studio Soleil

I would love for everyone to give this brief video (link at the end)  a listen.

The ‘Positive Body Image’ movement is doing much in the way of helping women (and men) to rethink the way they look at their relationship with their bodies, as well as, the motivation behind wanting to make changes.

I personally applaud such movements, such as Girls Gone Strong, Girls on the Run (which I was involved with) and others. I can say that as a 62 old woman, the majority of my life has been spent wrestling with negative body image (it doesn’t really matter where this came from. It exists. Then. Now. Period). This began in my early teens. Do the math, if you like. It equates to years and years of being so focused on what I thought was wrong with myself, that I could NEVER concentrate on what was right with myself. I had so much insecurity that the talents that I was blessed with were overlooked. I believe this is the sad case of too many people.

I never felt I deserved to have a voice. Now I know differently. And I want that voice to help others.

I’ve exercised and practiced nutrition for many years now. The interest began in my 20’s and while I did not always eat consistently healthy in my early years, it was always something I found fascinating. Unfortunately, the motivation behind exercise and food was unhealthy. It was for the wrong reasons. The intentions were not driven by a healthy goal.

When you desire changes to be made in your exercise and the way you eat; please make these changes to create a more energetic, more vital YOU. Not because these changes will make you easier to love. Not because these changes will make you more beautiful. Not because these changes will make you love yourself.

You are already a marvelous creature! Make changes to add to what is already unique and wonderful about you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoHFS2Uy71g&feature=youtu.be

“The intention behind a goal or behavior determines the health of that goal or behavior.”