Friday, October 21, 2011

love your body

*This post inspired by sorry I'm not sorry by Clean Eating Chelsey and What Do You Love Most About Your Body? by Lauren @ forward is a pace.*

Maybe it's an old pair of jeans you have.

Maybe it's an old photo of yourself.

Maybe it's the memory of a dressing room breakdown.

Something that reminds us that in some way we aren't fit enough, skinny enough, pretty enough.  We aren't good enough.

But guess what?

None of that is true.  I think it's safe to say we could all afford to love ourselves a bit more.  To celebrate our bodies and us more.  To admit that we may not be perfect but that's okay and it's okay to love who we are.

We are constantly surrounded by images and messages that tell us we should be thinner, prettier, our hair should be more this, our clothing should be more that.  I bet that at least once a day I see an ad or an article about how to lose x amount of pounds in x amount of days or about some new "diet".  We see slim and trim supermodels in airbrushed pictures.  It's not wonder why people are constantly feeling guilty about eating this or skipping a workout and why so many young girls (and older girls) struggle with eating disorders and disordered eating.

October 19th was NOW’s National Love Your Body day.  It is a message to all women that it is okay and good to love your body.  Celebrate it! Be proud of it!

So today I am here to bare it all for you.

I love my legs.

They've carried me many, many miles not only running but also biking and swimming.  They've powered me through many reps of lunges and deadlifts.  So I might not ever be able to wear a pair of skinny jeans but I kind of like to admire the tone in them.  I might wear out the crotch of my jeans because my thighs rub together when I walk, but I can do triathlons.

I love my dimples.

A smile is the most important accessory to any outfit.  My dimples make my smile unique because it's not something everyone has.  And my big dimples are especially noticeable.  In fact, people often comment that my smile is one of the first things they notice.  :)

I love my butt.

That's right. I said it.  With the kajillion squats and squat jumps and wall sits I've done in my life it should look good.  It's also helped me power through runs and triathlons.  And I like the fact that I got a little junk-in-the-trunk.  It fills out a pair of jeans even if it pulls down the low-waisted ones and exposes my butt crack (I hate that btw).  Because I hate when jeans do that whole saggy butt thing.  It also provides a nice padding when I sit down in a hard chair.  

Sometimes it's hard to stop the negative self-talk and to think more positive about your body.  But I believe that identifying the moments where you are doing and forcing yourself to stop and think positive thoughts is not only possible but contagious.  Celebrate your body.  After all you only get one.

What do you love about your body?

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