This is the BEST article I have ever read on Spark People. I have been a on again, off again member. Never really taking advantage of this tool that is available to me (AND IT'S FREE). But, Carrie Myers Smith your article was on point and a real game changer for me. Thank you, Mrs. Smith. POINT TAKEN!
For me it did take a brush with death to bring me to a place where I now love, honor, and cherish my physical being. Eight years ago this week at age 34 I had a bone marrow transplant to cure me of acute leukemia. The treatment was HELL on my body and it took years to recover. But my body made it through the ravage and recovered and here I am now living and loving and so glad to be alive. I LOVE my body for its miraculous ability to heal, it's strength, its resilience, and yes, it's beauty. I feel very sad for those who say they hate themselves. Very very sad.
I spent my later teens all the way through my late twenties in the grips of anorexia...I HATED my body....and the only thing wrong with it back then was that it was too thin!! NOW, in my (ahem) later forties with a body that is ravaged by an autoimmune disease (psoriatic arthrtis.) and can't even walk up a flight of stairs or bend to pick something off the floor...I think back to those years of relative health and beauty WASTED because I spent them hating myself. I didn't know the incredible gift that I had then...This article is right...love what you have because you don't know for how long you;'ll have it!
The section title "change your inner dialogue" caught my attention. I do better when I think positive thoughts than when I think negatively. It makes sense that we project to others what we feel about ourselves. It is simply a matter of habit, isn't it? So when you find yourself thinking negatively, you tell yourself to stop. Change those thoughts to positive ones.
I wonder if it is that easy. Just give yourself a good talking to. That inner voice that says: "Okay, Linda, what are you thinking? Stop feeling sorry for yourself. You are sweet, lovely, and beautiful." (I figure that even if I don't always feel beautiful, God knows I am, because He made all of us and we are all beautiful in his sight.)
Ah, another goal to work on. I figure it is a worthwhile one.
4/17/2012 1:18:47 PM
I have hung the following line from this article next to my desk..."Choose to believe that you are worth taking care of." What a profound thought. Thank you.
Going to treat my body to a lovely walk in the sunshine later. Love this article!
2/5/2012 1:38:09 PM
I liked this article!!! And by eating healthy and exercising, it is a way of saying," Yes, I love my body".
2/1/2012 3:03:32 PM
I absolutely loved this article.... It made me sit back and think how true it is especially bout the people who try different things to get the perfect body or be the perfect size 0, when its true you get 1 body in this lifetime so respect it....
Even knowing that what I see in magazines and on TV isn't the "real"world, I still struggle on a daily basis with my body image. The human body is truly a miracle. Just wish the pressure from society to look a certain way wasn't so rampant. This will always be a struggle for me but I am working on it.
LOVED this article. I try to remind myself daily that I am truly fortunate to have a healthy, functionining body, with all the appropriate parts, even though I don't look the way that society expects me to look. I find my attitude toward myself improving simply because I am eating what is good for me and presenting the best self I have to the world; I know that if I can keep that attitude, my weight will take care of itself.
Stating my goals differently has helped a lot as well. I grew up hearing, "You"ve got to lose weight." When I state my goals in a like manner to myself, I just end up feeling like that fat little girl I once was. Not a happy place to be. Instead of "I want to lose 90 lbs., fit into a size 12, and look almost normal in a swimsuit,", which is how I have stated it before, telling myself instead that "I want to improve my lifestyle and feel better, and maintain my health lifelong," has worked wonders. Instead of just focusing on weight and how I look, this time I am focusing on how I feel and what I think about what I am doing (and, buying a really cute swimsuit to wear in the meantime helps, too!)
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