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5 Ways to Love Your Body

Let Cupid Take Aim at You

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While many of us have an easy time showering other people with love, we find that Cupid has yet to hit us with the "body love" arrow. Don’t wait for Cupid! Begin today to start appreciating, accepting and yes, even loving your body.

Stop picking yourself apart
Let’s face it: No matter how close-to-perfection body you have (and just what is the perfect body anyway?), chances are, there is something you would change about it if you could. Even celebrities and models who have been stamped with the media’s "perfect body" rating have parts they dislike – their feet, their hands, their ears – and they don’t necessarily have high self-esteem either! Rather than pick your body apart, look at your body as a whole (and read the next point…)

Consider the marvelous functions of your body
There are millions of microscopic functions that go on in our bodies every day, and you don’t even have to think about them. They just happen! Unfortunately, it often takes a crisis or a tragedy, such as a brush with death, a go-around with a disease, or a debilitating accident for some women to realize that their bodies weren’t so bad to begin with and that their body hang-ups were a big waste of time. Don’t let that be the case with you! How much time are you spending each day worrying about your weight, your body shape, the size of your rear? What could you be doing during that time? Maybe you’re supposed to be the first female president, but you’ll never know because you’re too busy obsessing about your abs!

Get real
Did you know that most of the images you see on television, movies and magazines aren’t even real? A model for a magazine cover goes through hours of professional hair and make-up, has professional stylists, top photographers who know her "best side," professional lighting, and that’s all before the chosen photo goes to a company where they remove stray hairs, wrinkles, blemishes and "extra" curves. Sometimes Model A’s head is stuck onto Model B’s body. What you see is totally made up!

And it’s not just fashion magazines that are creating a fantasy. Most of today’s "fitness" magazines are following suit. On top of airbrushing and computer generating their models, fitness magazines now need to audition their models to be sure they’re strong enough to just do basic exercises! Muscles are even airbrushed in! It’s time to get real! Find real role models who emanate the qualities you desire. Educate yourself about what really goes on "behind the scenes." And realize that no one naturally "glows" the way those models in the magazines do!
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Carrie Myers Smith Carrie Myers Smith
Carrie Carrie is an ACSM-certified personal trainer with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and health education. Her work has appeared in Shape, Fitness, Cooking Light and Energy for Women.

Member Comments

  • Interesting but certainly not new information, and over half the models on Spark People have clearly been Photoshopped as well. Somewhat hypocritical, isn't it?
    And I'm sorry but "disrespect" is a noun, not a verb although the vernacular is changing to accept it. An author loses credibility in my eyes when he or she uses slang in a professional article. - 9/21/2014 12:21:11 PM
  • Some people just don't know how to like/love themselves, after all, we're told it's selfish to put our own selves/wants/need
    s first. Then we're told we're too fat or too thin by those same people we put first, so we believe them. We are a mess. Change is a very slow process; this article is a great reminder that we are worth liking/loving, and we need to reconcile the need/desire to lose weight with loving ourselves the way we are. Not easy. - 7/18/2014 4:25:40 PM
  • I've tried hating myself thin, but it has never worked. Unfortunately body shaming is alive and well. Anytime anyone is brave enough to love themselves despite being less than physically perfect, there is always someone telling them it is wrong. The shamers will tell you it is dangerous to love your imperfect self because you will use it as an excuse to stay fat, lazy and unhealthy. Personally, I think you cannot achieve true health until you learn to love your body and yourself. - 7/18/2014 3:09:45 PM
  • This is a great article. I have struggled over the years with my self esteem, more so in the past two years. I am slowly accepting who I am and that I am perfect in my own way. I have been very hard on myself. Judgemental and believing I would be happier if I was thinner. I need to be happy with myself first! I want to be a role model for my daughter. - 6/17/2014 5:10:32 AM
  • JAMIE_ALLEN
    We truly should worry less about how we look, and be concerned about how we feel. This slim-is-fit notion is giving plus size people,especially the female population, a lot of stress. I think ladies should give importance to their happiness and not worry about how to make others happy! Lets put on our [url=http://casua
    l-plus.com]plus size skirts[/url] and smile. - 5/29/2014 7:26:06 AM
  • Excellent article.
    Message would have been better supported by the photo if model was not slender.
    Best would be 2 or more models of different sizes and shapes, all looking proud and happy. - 5/1/2014 11:44:20 PM
  • Great article!! - 4/30/2014 8:26:03 PM
  • READYTOLOOSE5
    Articles like these are really great for my mental and helps me keep balance in my life:) - 4/30/2014 8:07:37 PM
  • I did not know that even fitness magazines are doing touch ups on photos. I am disappointed but not surprised. I only use them as a source of information anyways. Sometimes though their workouts do work well! - 2/8/2014 11:51:07 AM
  • This is so true! I think about and blog about this topic on occasion. Check out beautyredefined.n
    et! (not mine but a blog I really like!) - 2/8/2014 8:07:07 AM
  • I know its time to get serious when I consider my initial weight gain (baby weight) is about to be 28 years old next month! No longer a valid excuse. I feel miserable, uncomfortable, and unattractive and it shows. I may never be the 130 lbs I was almost 30 years ago when that dip stick pregnancy test turned bright blue, but I can for sure be less woman than I am today! My new life begins now..... - 12/18/2013 11:10:47 PM
  • LOLA_LALA
    I rewarded myself, back in the beginning, for stringing together a series of days on which I engaged in healthy eating and exercising behaviors. Jewelry, handbags, scarves - these ALL make great short-term rewards for laying down the habit-related building blocks that ensure not only weight loss, but successful maintenance, too. - 12/9/2013 5:44:33 PM
  • Even Leslie Sansone has been getting thinner and thinner on her DVD covers. They are even photoshopping her muscles away! What kind of an example is that from a leader in the fitness movement?

    My disappointment is worse for the fact that it's largely thanks to her routines that I've lost 46 lbs and are managing to maintain my goal too! - 11/7/2013 10:01:34 AM
  • If only it were that simple. - 10/26/2013 6:55:25 PM
  • RPCASH
    This is a struggle with me many times as I am so self critical. I do realize though that no one is perfect and I should just try my best to change what can be changed and accept the things I can not change. - 10/26/2013 11:33:19 AM

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