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5 Ways to Love Your Body

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Change your inner dialogue
It’s been said that we teach others how to treat us. If we believe that, the message that comes across to others is that we are not worth being liked, loved, or treated with respect. Most of it comes from what we’re not even saying. Choose to believe that you are worth taking care of and that you have the right to be respected and treated with dignity – and act like it!

Take care of your body
Diets, pills, quick-fixes, binging, not exercising, over-exercising, all these things disrespect one of the greatest gifts you have been given – your body! You only get one per lifetime, so give it the respect it deserves. You will not only feel better, but you just might become someone else’s role model!

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About The Author

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

  • SHASINGALLS79
    It is so easy to get down on ourselves, but the reminder to speak love into our own lives just as we would speak into others is important to remember every day. - 1/31/2016 11:53:24 AM
  • Well getting started again .Hoping not to fail or when I do to seek help. - 1/31/2016 11:22:36 AM
  • We are :fearfully and wonderfully made". Recently, I broke my thumb. Now who admires your thumb? But that rascal does a lot more than you would think. Just bind it for a couple days and you will see what I mean! - 1/18/2016 11:08:32 PM
  • CORNYMUSCLES57
    I enjoyed the reminder to treat our self as we would others - 11/29/2015 9:09:31 AM
  • ^^^^^what cramparella said. - 12/29/2014 10:37:18 PM
  • This article is a good reminder that there is more to us than our body shapes. Isn't what we accomplish more important than how we look?
    When I am exercising I feel better. Then, I can have the energy and strength to do the things I want to do in my daily life, including fun things.
    It is always good to take good care of our bodies and keep in mind the "big" picture of why we are doing that. - 12/26/2014 1:06:42 PM
  • 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
  • RIVERNANNA
    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

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