9 Body-Positive Quotes to Boost Your Self-Esteem

By , SparkPeople Blogger
No matter how much time you put in at the gym or how thoughtfully you nourish your body, everyone suffers from body-image issues from time to time. When you need a little boost of self-esteem (and who doesn't), here are 9 of our favorite quotes and mantras. (Each quote is a separate image so, if you find one you really like, you can right click it to open in a new window and print it out.) Be sure to "Pin" this page to revisit when you need to be reminded that you're good enough as you are (right now) no matter what!

"When life throws you curves, embrace them!" Whether you're curvy or thin or somewhere in between, embrace the body you have right now. Chicken legs or thunder thighs, your legs and feet take you where you want to go. Skinny arms or bat wings, your arms let you hug your kids. Love your body, it's your home!

"Happiness isn't size specific." Many people discover that after losing weight they're about as happy as they ever were. Happiness is a choice not a condition of achieving a "perfect" body. Choose to be happy right now!

"There is no wrong way to have a body." We're all human. We all have flaws. Your body is yours and you should love it for all the things it can do.

"You are so much more than the number you see on the scale." The scale can't tell you how you good you feel. The scale can't tell you how much you're loved. The scale can't tell you how much you should love yourself. It can't even tell you how strong you are. All it does is measure the effect of gravity on your body. That's it!

"Exercise because you love your body, not because you hate it." Exercise should never be a punishment for something you eat. It should make you feel good and strong and energized. Move out of love for yourself and your body rather than focusing on how many calories you're burning.

"Don't say anything about yourself that you wouldn't say about your best friend." Would you tell your best friend that she was lazy, worthless and fat. Would you say that you hate her and wish she would just change. No, of course, not! So stop saying those hateful things to yourself!

"If someone has a problem with your body, it's their problem--not yours!" Your body is your business. If someone says something rude to you about your body it's because of their own self-esteem issues. You're under no obligation to agree with them!

"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line." To be kind to others and love them you must first be kind to yourself. Start by loving yourself and then allow yourself to see the entire world with love rather than judgement. Can you imagine how good that would feel?

"To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven." You live with yourself day in and day out for your entire life. Can you make being in your own skin a joy rather than a misery? You can if you focus on living in the moment and enjoying all the good things your body has to offer, rather than worrying about its imperfections.

What's your favorite quote or saying that helps you to appreciate the body you have?

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REDROBIN47 1/27/2021
These are great and very motivational. I am writing some of them down. Report
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GETULLY 1/27/2021
All good things to remember! Report
"Stop trying to fix your body. It was never broken". - Eve Ensler, American playwrite Report
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Platitudes for Decades still go in one ear and out the other..... Report
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Fabulous sayings! Thank you for sharing! Report
I had a grumpy attutude reading these at first but by the 4th quote I was won over. :) Report
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great quotes! Report
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JAMER123 7/28/2020
Lots of great quotes. Thank you for sharing. Report
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MCJULIEO 7/28/2020
“Not just Somehow, but Victoriously!” Report
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LANCE500 7/28/2020
I am sorry but they were all excuses people used, not motivation for more exercises to improve body and health. Report
HOLLYM48 7/28/2020
Great article! Report
CHACHA0711 7/28/2020
Inspiring Report
JIACOLO 7/28/2020
These are some reminders! Report
PATBPRICE 7/28/2020
I love the first quote:!”if life throws you a curve, embrace it.” People have actually complimented me on my curves. Why can’t I see myself through their eyes? Report
JILLIAN0216 7/28/2020
Needed these today. Thank you. Report
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Saving these so that I can refer to them later! Report
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I think of myself like a Nascar track (all of which are different sizes, shapes, incline banks, etc); "my body keeps running with all those curves!" Report
I love the one about not saying something about yourself you wouldn't say to your best friend. Good advice. Report
I love everyone of these!!! Report
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So very glad I came across this list of motivation quotes. All of them I found out I needed to have read. Thank you for this! I copy it to put where I see upon getting up each day. Report
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All very positive and all very true. Report
"Be yourself--everyone else is taken." _Oscar Wilde Report
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