12.18.2012

Love Your Body

As 2012 wraps up and 2013 many start thinking about New Year's resolutions. Unfortunately, it can turn into a time of negativity as people start saying things they are not going to do or focus on things they are not happy with. So today I want to write about body images.

I can only speak from the viewpoint of women but men may have their own burdens to carry. But growing up and going through those precious teenage years was tough for me, and for many other young women, as we have a terrible tendency of comparing ourselves to others, or even to the false images in media. Personally, I grew up self conscious about my thighs and behind and comments from family that were meant to be helpful were only harmful. Silly comments like saying I shouldn't do weight lifting with my soccer team as that will only build muscle and make my legs fatter later in life.

Today I am in better shape than ever but those body parts can still be a source of heaviness if I don't keep my head screwed on right and realize that those "heavy" thighs and behind are key muscular components in what I am able to run and achieve. Those are my strong body parts and they deserve love.

No one is perfect. We all have areas we want to work on and that is fine. But what is more important is being strong and healthy and not aiming to achieve a media's image of beauty. Be proud of who you are and love your body as it is the only one who have. Take care of it. Respect it. Love it.

I want to thank the ladies who submitted photos to be featured in today's post. Here is the blog roll of participants: Lisa, Monica, Melissa, Tenecia, and Tracey.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful that the old Christmas classics are still being aired on TV.
Daily Affirmation: I love my body for what is allows me to do each day and promise to continue to nurture it with healthy foods, exercise, and love.

8 comments:

  1. Despite going through a heck of a lot in my body.... I actually really do love me. I don't take anything I have for granted because I was close to losing it all multiple times. I eat so very healthfully, exercise daily, sleep a ton, drink lots of tea, etc... All to keep my body functioning happily!! :) Being happy with your body is definitely the key to confidence!

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  2. What a fantastic post....

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  3. I LOVE this as a positive thought for the New Year! I certainly do not possess a "model" figure, but my body is so good to me. My legs just carried me through my first marathon and my body has carried three pregnancies. I needed tis reminder to love my strong body!

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  4. Oh wow...and there I am. Thanks for this post. Absolutely an awesome message for now - and the New Year. Thanks for letting us be a part of it. Merry Christmas! :)

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  5. so true, such a great post. I know people worry about getting older, but i love it because I've become more confident and in love with my body for what it can do

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  6. Thank you so much for posting this! I truly dislike all of the negative body related self-talk that comes around this time of the year with new years resolutions in development. Thank you for the reminder that we need to embrace and appreciate what we have - and not just this time of the year, but ALL year!

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  7. Amen sister! I also grew up with the warnings about not wanting to be 'too muscular'. Seems SO ridiculous now.

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