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On loving your body

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I found this post to be entirely moving and wanted to share it with you.

http://www.canyoustayfordinn
er.com/2012/02/05/email-fr
om-a-reader-on-loving-your-body/

She's lost 135 pounds, and is SO beautiful. Her love for life and food is inspiring, and dammit those recipes are incredible {warning: not all are calorie controlled}.

She says, "As human beings, we know ourselves to be changeable. We’re driven to be better in every capacity. And no one is entirely immune to this desire to per-fect. Those of us who carried weight like a shameful badge for many years grew to know that we’d indeed be better, or at least- better received by the world, were we just a few pounds less. We could be as perfect as can be in every other facet of life, but our weight- it was always negative, something that needed fixing.

And when the weight was lost, if it was lost at all, we are seen. We’re better. Applauded for becoming the best versions of ourselves. What happens here is difficult. Having always believed ourselves imperfect in at least one way- our body- that fat flaw weaves itself into the fabric of who we believe ourselves to be. It goes beyond a physical characteristic and comes to feel as if an immutable trait. Almost as inherent and fixed as freckles....

Everyday, I tried to admire my appearance. I kept in mind all that I’d just done- how hard I worked to make that picture I saw in the mirror- and I whispered, “You did it. You did it.”

I felt grateful and strong and proud and all synonyms of attractive, but yes, still imperfect. Even now, I don’t know that standing naked in front of anyone or anything is as easy as an Easy Bake Oven. Even the thinnest of thin will pinpoint the part of their body that makes them self-conscious. We’re all hyper-aware of that one spot, slight jiggle, wobbly bit. “I bet that’s all they notice. I am my unruly inner right thigh.”

Find the person in your life whose shape makes you salivate. Ask them how they feel about their body. Ask if there’s anything they’d change. And then, listen as they begin to sound a lot like you. Almost no one finds themselves flawless.

It took me years to believe myself a true thin person, and not just some imposter who stole Gwyneth Paltrow’s silhouette.

And what it comes down to is this: Rock the ever-loving daylights out of your life. Your weight, your clothes, your style- they’re a fragrance, a signature- not all of who you are, but a really nice lingering presence in the world. Own all that you work to be.

Rock it...."

I love that. Own all that you work to be.

You are working towards your goals with power, and intensity and zeal. Own it.

Rock it.

Now I'm off to go try out a new recipe that I can't stop salivating over...
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STEPH-KNEE 2/21/2013 1:13AM

    Thanks for sharing that, it was a great read! I hope you enjoy your recipe, let us know how it is! emoticon

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JACOBSBELOVED 2/20/2013 6:10PM

    Once again, thanks for another awesome resource and story. It's things like this that are really encouraging and that help reignite that spark. :)

Out of curiosity, which recipe did you make?

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