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I love my body

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Today, as I was standing in the hallway in my bike clothes, waiting for the elevator, I was looking down at my tights-clad legs. I flexed my quads. I thought, "I love my body."

I am overweight. My BMI is just under "obese." This 185 pound body is not rippling with muscle. I have very long legs (I'm 5'6", and I have a 32" inseam), so I can carry an extra 20 pounds and still be pretty fit. But I consider 185 pounds to still be 20 pounds over what I'd like to weigh. (I'd love to get back to the 150 pounds I weighed when I was 20 - I was gorgeous!) So, my declaration of love for my body was not based upon how "hot" I look.

Back fat, saddle bags, inner thigh fat, round belly - I do not love them. But overall, I really do love my body. Every day, I thank God for my healthy body that does practically everything I ask it to. (It's not my body's fault my will power and discipline sometimes fail me.) I'm fit enough to commute by bike most days. I run, I hike, I ski, I swim. A lot of people would love to be healthy enough to do that. I don't take it for granted.

My body isn't as aesthetically pleasing as I'd like, but the power to change the outside package lies within me. Deciding to switch to multisport has allowed me to consider the possibility of getting my body weight down to the 150's. I've spent the last 20 years telling myself that while I could do it, I don't want to work that hard. Now, anything is possible.

So, I love you, body. I may say bad things about you from time to time, but please know that deep down, I recognize your faults are mine, not yours. Thank you for being strong, healthy, and resilient. Thank you for going days on end with 6 hours of sleep a night, only to get the occasional reward of a full 8 hours of sleep. Thanks for running reliably, even though I sometimes fuel you with absolute crap.

And thank you for looking so amazing in tights.
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EBRAINK 10/17/2013 9:59PM

    Very well said! And, be good to that body. Take care of it so you two can get along well for a long, long, time!

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THINKSHRINK 10/17/2013 2:59PM

    What an awesome post! Thank you for sharing. It really made me stop and appreciate my body, extra pounds and all!!

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APONI_KB 10/17/2013 11:23AM

    haha awesome

There are times when I'm hobbling into work crying over being sore and other people are amazed, "you ran 13 miles?"

technically 13.1 and I wouldn't say "ran" pre se but yea, actually heck yea I did actually run 13 miles

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BILL60 10/17/2013 6:16AM

    Well said!!

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GHK1962 10/17/2013 12:43AM

    I cannot hit the "I Like This Topic" button enough!

I freakin LOVE ... that you love your body.

As for aesthetically appealing to yourself ... I know it's not something that other's can make you feel good about...and that it's in yourself that you need to find this. However, I will say ...

You kinda rock.

No wait ... *takes out the 'kinda' part of that*

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ZRIE014 10/17/2013 12:22AM

  if you don;t, why should anybody else

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