Friday, July 23, 2010
I used to put lotion and self-tanners on the parts that showed - My legs up to the knees, and my arms.
Awhile ago I read something about a study where the people who put lotion on their entire body and took 5 minutes to do it had more success in reaching a healthy weight. I thought I'd try it and appreciate my ENTIRE body, including the jiggly bits.
I began with the "glow" type of self tanner that just gives a hint of color and smoothed that all over my legs up to my panty line. I smoothed and smoothed over my big, jiggly thighs with loose skin while thinking good thoughts about my wonderful body and the places it has taken me and the power that it has to really work out hard. Previously, I thought that I didn't want to focus on this area especially and ignored it.
Then I used thick rich lotion and smoothed and smoothed it over my entire torso and butt massaging and appreciating. I'd previously ignored this entire area too! My butt? Don't want to think about it, much less touch it. Just want it to go away. Now I am massaging and smoothing and sending loving thoughts to the skin and muscles and life in me.
Then I smoothed and smoothed the glow tanner on my arms and chest. This part always got the lotions and potions in the past. No problem there.
In doing this exercise for the last couple of months consistently, I have noticed that it seems to have brought me into my entire body, not just the parts I thought should be appreciated, but all of me. I feel more connected to my body and that is a good thing, especially when I m trying to work out how to go through life without the need to feel full or get stuffed. I need to be able to pay attention to my body and I believe this will help me.
I can't believe I waited so long to slather that self tanner on my thighs! What a difference! Even though these thighs will never see the light of day, I will see them and it is so nice to look in the mirror and see one long leg line, not tan lower legs and then big, white thighs. What was I waiting for? To be thinner? - don't wait. To love myself more? - Don't wait, act "as if". I REALLY enjoy looking in the mirror a lot more now and feel more appreciative of the beautiful body, with all of it's flaws and jiggly bits too, that I've been given.
LOVE yourself TODAY. BE the LOVE you want to have. SPREAD the LOVE you have and it will grow.