Some days, I really hate my body. I look in the mirror and pick apart the squishy parts of me. I hate the “mummy tummy” that hangs where my flat stomach used to be. I hate that my arms jiggle when I blow dry my hair. I hate how my thighs rub together when I walk. I hate how I have a double chin. And don’t even get me started on boobs….ha!
It’s days like this where I have to choose to appreciate the good things about my body. I am strong and athletic. I have killer quads and calves. I have great shoulders. I am able to walk, run or ride a bike. I can swim, jog and dance.
You see, just like most things in life, it comes down to choices. Making choices can be tough and it’s something that you get to do a million times a day! Yes, I can sit here and mourn over the things I don’t like, or I can choose to accept them as part of where I am at right now. I have to choose to focus on the good things about my body and not give power to the parts I don’t like.
I have to choose not to punish myself with a torturous workout at the gym or withhold yummy foods and “carbs”. I choose to celebrate the ability to move and be strong and to eat as much apple pie as I want (ps, someone please save me from this pie!!). I choose to nurture my mind and soul by not criticizing myself or my body.
It’s not just a one time decision either. It’s like choosing healthy foods over junk- you have to do it multiple times a day. Some with having body love- you have to choose it every time you see a mirror or struggle into a pair of jeans. But, by choosing to love your body, you become more comfortable in your own skin and give people permission to do the same.
What do you do? Do you act like a hater or do you appreciate the good things about your body?