Over the past few weeks I have written a good amount about loving the body, treating it with respect, and maintaining a healthy body, not a “healthy number”. Today is about accepting your body, the good, the bad, the [perceived to be] ugly.
We all have aspects about our bodies that we don’t like. Jillian Michaels was quoted in Shape Magazine that she has a “cavernous” dimple on her butt and no matter how hard she has tried, she still has cellulite. This is something she has come to accept. The thing is, we all have flaws, and like Jillian Michaels, it’s better to accept them, and accept who we are with these flaws, rather than stressing about them. Stressing tosses you into a downward spiral, breeding negativity. Being positive, loving and accepting of your body reverses the spiral on a path towards a healthy habit.
As I mentioned in mylove letter to my body, I am critical of my body. If you’re like me and realize that constant criticism of the body is harmful, here are some helpful tips to accept and love your body:
- Value yourself for who you are; not by what you look like.
- Look in the mirror and give yourself a complement each day. If you can’t think of a complement, say “I love you” as many times as you have to, until you begin to believe it.
- Focus on every aspect of what makes you, you. This includes your values, intelligence, social graces, achievements, etc.
- Accept that fad diets are simply that. Just fad diets.
- Eating healthily and maintaining a regular exercise regimen are the best ways to lose weight.
- Exercising will not only help you lose weight, it will mentally make you feel really good.
- Surround yourself with a loving support group.
Happy and loving Thursday to you all. 🙂
Adapted from: Understanding Nutrition; Whitney|Rolfes; 2011