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Motivational Monday: Our PERFECT bodies :)

Monday, February 25, 2013

This is a quote from a song called Folding Chair by one of my favorite artists, Regina Spektor. I love that line and I just wanted to share it with you.

No matter where we are in our lives, no matter if we want to lose weight, gain weight, tone up or whatever, we should love and appreciate our bodies TODAY. Think about how amazing they are; think about all their amazing functions; the strength of our muscles; the hearts beating in our chests; our lungs providing us with oxygen. Our bodies are MIRACLES. We should always love them and treat them with the love and respect they deserve.

It's all too easy to get caught up in the beauty ideals of our crazy, superficial society. Too often do we hate our bodies because they are "wrong": we are not tall or slender or curvy enough, or we're too tall or big or our bone-structure is not what we want it to be. There is always something wrong, something missing. We are taught to look for these flaws and imperfections, and eventually they consume us. We look in the mirror and all we see is flaws and things to work on.

What a waste!!

I have done it way too much in my lifetime and I'm trying, really trying my hardest to stop that kind of thinking. Instead, I look in the mirror and this is what I see: a healthy, strong body. I am so thankful that I am healthy. I'm thankful for my legs that carry me where I want to go. I'm thankful for my heart that beats in my chest, for my lungs that bring me oxygen, for my brain that allows me to think all these things and so much more. I look at myself and see a unique, PERFECT, body.

I am still working on becoming even healthier and stronger and I'm probably going to lose some weight in the process. But this is no longer about chasing some universal "perfect body" that I think I will somehow miraculously have if I just keep putting myself down long enough and pushing myself harder and harder. Why do we all want to look the same anyway? We are all unique. It's crazy to think there is some kind of a mold we can all fit to if we just try hard enough. How ridiculous is that?? I am ME. And that's enough! I want to take care of this body I have been given by giving it the exercise and the nutrients it needs to stay strong and healthy. And that is all that matters.

Please try and love yourself today. Take some time to think about how AMAZING your body is!!! What a gift! What a miracle. Let's treat our bodies with the love and respect they always should be treated. After all, we owe them our life.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
FATHINSN 3/19/2013 10:03PM

    Love our body, we only one for each person (unless you have something like in the movie, Surrogate which is creepy, hehe).

Great sharing for everyone to finally not complaining about their bodies!

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LINZBM21 3/13/2013 8:58AM

    hey there! so happy to hear that you're doing well! keep it up!

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SUN_N_SEA 3/12/2013 3:23PM

    Wise words, yet again.... emoticon for sharing!

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MEKARE9601 3/10/2013 9:17PM

    While I don't always feel that way this is something I am trying very hard to do more of. Thanks for the reminder.

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LINZBM21 3/4/2013 3:06PM

    thanks for posting this blog! This just made me feel so uplifted and I'm so grateful to you for sharing this because I needed to hear that!

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MERRY_XMAS 3/2/2013 7:41AM

    Amazing blog! I really try to love myself and it looks like I'm succeeding in it!
Thank you for sharing!


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CC3833 2/27/2013 10:02AM

    This is a great blog. And the older I get the more I love myself. I used to be such a hater lol. I am not anymore. I look in the mirror and say nice things about myself. I am not where I want to be weight wise but that will come in time as I treat my body better as you said. I will slip up but then I come back to SP and read blogs like this and they remind me why I started this journey in the first place. I want to live a happy, healthy life, and be able to walk when I'm older. Thanks again!

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OMMAMA7 2/26/2013 10:29AM

    Love it!! Thanks for the reminder :)

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LINEBACKER1968 2/26/2013 10:14AM

    You really know how to help put things in proper perspective

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IUHRYTR 2/25/2013 10:15PM

    Once again you have offered us wise counsel that we all should take to heart. emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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JADOMB 2/25/2013 8:48PM

    I'm sexy and I know it. LOL Now all I have to do is convince everyone else that I am. ;-) All kidding aside, I am a firm beleiver in these two sayings, "beauty is skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone". And, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".

I strive for health and fitness and I do think that brings about many forms of "beauty". I think that is true of all my SP friends. You are all beautiful.

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MANDELOVICH 2/25/2013 6:41PM

    Wow, thank you for this blog. It came on a day when I was being especially self-critical and I just love what you said.

Can you tell me how you have come to this place? I've been beating myself up repeatedly for having gained about 20 pounds, for binging, for not being perfect. And that just makes things worse. I'd love to know how you became so accepting of yourself.

It's beautiful!

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DOVESEYES 2/25/2013 6:38PM

    So true!!!!

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JENNIFER_TENNIS 2/25/2013 5:30PM

    This is beautifully put! Thank you for the reminder.

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JACKIE542 2/25/2013 5:05PM

    Wonderful blog and great advice, we should love and respect our bodies. emoticon

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LYNSEY723 2/25/2013 4:38PM

    Great blog - you are so right! We only get 1 body - no returns for something "better". We need to love what we have!

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RODRIGUEZ41508 2/25/2013 4:36PM

    What an AWESOME !!!!!! blog. LOVE it !!!
Our bodies are definitely Miracles that where made by our Creator for us to Love and Respect just the way we are :)


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VICKI-BISHOP56 2/25/2013 4:22PM

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LADYJAY714 2/25/2013 4:21PM

    Absolutely one of my favorite blogs I've read today! Thanks for an amazing motivational blog. Everyone should be reminded that we're blessed for having a functional body and to stop getting caught up by looking at their flaws when looking in the mirror. Reality check for sure!

Happy Monday Miss Lovely Curves!

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LAILATN 2/25/2013 4:16PM

    Love it. Thank you for the reminder! emoticon

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PRETTYPITHY 2/25/2013 4:15PM

    Thanks for this, I looked up the song and am enjoying it!

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