Today’s challenge is really easy. Take out a piece of paper, number 1 to 10, and write down ten things you love and appreciate about your body.
I would predict the first couple are easy for you, maybe things other people compliment you on, but can you list all ten?
There are many articles and workouts to “improve your legs” by toning and trimming, but watching videos of someone who has lost their legs, yet still competes in road races, inspires a new perspective.
Am I going to worry about losing an extra inch when I’m still able to walk, dance, and run on my own two legs?
Here are some questions that help me get better perspective on my body when I start to doubt or criticize. Hopefully, these also flip the table and spur you to create a list of 10+ things you DO appreciate and love about your body…
- Who told me my body was supposed to look that way?
- Would it actually be beneficial if ____ were to change, or have I been brainwashed by articles and images telling me that’s what I should be striving for?
- What would I tell a beautiful 3-year old girl about her body? “You’re really cute, but your belly is too big, you need to lose a couple pounds!” Is it OK to beat yourself up with that?
- What if I didn’t have ____ (legs, sight, healthy heart, etc.)?
- What is going to matter in 20 years?
And to me the biggest question of all:
How do I want my son/daughter to feel about their body and the way they look?
Because you can tell them 100 times a day they’re beautiful and perfect just the way they are, but your words (I need to go on a diet again), actions, and attitude about yourself scream loudly at them, in spite of whatever else you say.
Love is a choice, not a feeling.
So choose: what will my attitude towards my body be? Will I choose to pick apart and constantly strive for something that’s not going to last? Or will I choose to appreciate, love, and focus on the things that will matter?
Make your list, and keep it somewhere you can see it every day this week – and maybe longer!