Body Image - Loving your Body no matter what size.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
This is something I've really struggled with. The idea of loving your body no matter your size. I have never tried to compare myself to the magazines or tv. But I do see the extra weight and the effect it has on my life. I think it stems from struggling with my weight at such a young age.
In a recent discussion with someone, I pointed out that I remembered going to a nutritionist with my Mom to help me learn how to eat and lose weight. My mom had the best intentions, but that small act planted the seed of realizing that something needed to be fixed. Between that and getting picked on by the school bullies, I learned that my body wasn't right, and that I didn't fit in because of it.
From that point on, I was always self-conscience about my size. Sadly, when I look at my picture from school, I really wasn't that overweight! I was pretty active too. I kept up with all the boys in the neighborhood - racing bikes and skateboards through the neighborhood, or picking up a game of kickball or softball.
Here I am...39 years old, and still harboring the same feelings about my body. I am trying to learn to love my body. It's a daily struggle...it's really a minute by minute struggle.
So, here are some things I really like about my body and me!
1.) I have amazingly long legs! Seriously, I'm 5'9", and all of my height is in my legs.
2.) My legs are strong! I can carry my 2 year old son, his bag, my work bag, my purse, and even my laptop up the stairs into the house. (And I'm not winded at the end either!)
3.) I have great eyes. They are big and blue.
4.) I have full lips that women pay thousands to have!
5.) My arms are strong - again - the 2 year old and the stuff. OH the stuff!
6.) I stand tall. Not just my height, but I was taught at a young age to stand up straight. I watch other women walk around the office slouched over and looking miserable. I always walk with my shoulders back and my head held high.
7.) I have a really strong immune system. It's rare that I get sick, and when I do, it tends to be short lived.
8.) I can walk and even run for short spurts. I can walk up from the pool to our house and not get winded until the last part. I can race with my kids.
Not too bad! I came up with 8 positive things about my body. My goal today is to think of one of these things when I begin to think negatively.
Wish me luck!