Good Afternoon and Happy Thursday Everyone!
Today I want to talk about loving the body that you have. I just got the October issue of the Self Magazine which contains The Best Bodies in the WORLD. Of course, I could not wait to dive in and see who had these bodies and what they DO to have the Best Bodies in the world.
I love to read about this stuff but I also realize that a BIG part of my job as a Nutrition and Fitness Coach, is helping people get to their OWN personal best, not striving to be a certain size or weigh a specific number on the scale.
When I lost 35 lbs and got to my ‘goal’ weight, I actually was sort of depressed. You see, I may have been wearing a smaller size but my legs did not miraculously grow taller, my chest did not suddenly get bigger and my body was basically the same shape but smaller. I had to learn to LOVE my body the way it was, and appreciate the fact that I was healthier and stronger. I learned to love the fact that it allowed me to run and do yoga and was smart enough to figure out the foods that made me thrive and those that did not.
This is a process, this body love stuff, but it is worth working on every single day!
Almost all of us have a distorted image of our body, often due to the importance our culture places on outward appearance and the onslaught of media images of airbrushed models and celebrities. On a daily basis, we talk to ourselves in ways we would never speak to another. Imagine speaking to a child the way you speak to yourself about your body. It would devastate and squelch a child. It affects you similarly, causing stress and emotional pain in your body, which can make improving your health or losing weight even more difficult.
Think of all the intelligence, creativity and time you spend on improving, altering and judging your appearance. Who would you be and what could you accomplish if your valuable resources weren’t used this way? Constant emphasis on the external makes us discount the great presence and intelligence that is housed by the body. It makes us forget the magic of our internal rhythms and fail to acknowledge the beautiful bodies we have.
The body you have right now is incredible! It never misses a heartbeat, it maintains homeostasis and it miraculously digests whatever you put in it. It is your instrument for expressing your creativity, intelligence and love. By focusing on the 1% you don’t like or wish were different, you may be ignoring the remaining 99% about your body that is beautiful, unique and amazing!
What would your life be like if you were simply at peace with the body you have?
You may wish to make your body healthier and stronger, but could you do that out of love and respect for your body instead of the opposite?
Could you begin to treat yourself with kindness, to limit the negative self-talk and to reconnect with your inner wisdom?
Take a minute to imagine what that would feel like. It would mean celebrating your body rather than punishing it.
It would mean nourishing your body rather than depriving it.
It would mean a chance to watch your body flourish when treated with care and respect.
Give this “body love stuff” a try today.
In Health and Happiness,