Embrace Your Body, It’s Yours.
Ok, I am fired up! I watched a documentary this week about women and body shapes and sizes. And it made me dig deeper it made me want to help more it made me want to understand the whys. And it made me really think about what my daughter is seeing and how it’s affecting her at 4.
Everyone’s “fit” is different, right.
We are all different, shapes, sizes, have different personalities because we were made to be individual. The mold was broken after you were created. I tell my kids this all the time if you were the same as your friend the world would be pretty boring.
So why is the 5’5 130 lb girl instantly considered “fit”…….because her body is a certain size, shape…..is she really fit?
Judging a book by its cover will get you into big trouble.
So why is the 5’5 175 lbs girl instantly not considered “fit” …….because her body is a certain size, shape……..is she really not fit?
If you dig deeper the 175 lb girl just finished a marathon race and the 130 lb girl could not even run around the block. The 175 lb girl is comfortable in her skin, she eats healthy her blood work is good, her body moves pain-free. The 130 lb girl is always on a “diet” or binging after a diet, she exercises but not consistently, if you asked her to race you down the street she wouldn’t make it without walking.
You can’t see what’s on the inside, so you don’t have a right to make any assumptions.
So what is “fit”?
It’s living pain-free.
It’s being able to move your body.
It’s being confident in yourself.
It’s walking up the stairs without being out of breath
It’s having a healthy relationship with food, using it to fuel your body with enjoying the occasional treats.
Between 60-80% of women hate their body. That does not leave very many who do love their body. So sad. Because your body is SO much more. It’s yours for life, it supports you every day, why are you hating on it?
Let’s make a pack to start by acknowledging that we are all exquisitely unique and everyone’s road to unconditional love will vary, just know that it’s possible. We weren’t born into this world hating our bodies, this is a learned behavior, so just like we’ve learned to hate, we can now learn to love.
It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers of fitness… The pounds, the sizes, the calories, the inches. But these are only numbers. They do not define your beauty, your fitness or your soul. These things come from within, they have a feeling and are defined by what you do. Thoughts create actions, so if you keep believing that your fitness or beauty is defined by numbers than your self-worth will always be dependent on something that can be unrealistic and unattainable. Just remember, fit doesn’t have a size, a weight or a shape…it has a feeling.
I don’t expect anyone to be able to flick a switch on their head and just LOVE THEIR BODY. However, what we can do is make the commitment to learn to love our body – regardless of age, life experience, body shape or current circumstances.
And making this commitment for a lot of people is the first step to embracing. This road could be long, full of hard work and possibly complicated with a rollercoaster of thoughts and emotions. But you can get there.