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Awhile back I asked What do you love about your body? for the question of the week (my God that was a year an half ago.. how time flies!)
The point was to get us to stop focusing on what we hated about the image in the mirror and start appreciating our bodies for all the wonderful things it can do for us. Many of you that have been reading for awhile know my story and how my discontent with my body started 15 years of unhealthy yo-yo dieting.
I’m hear to say I’m not "cured." I still have negative body thoughts after a 70lb weight loss. I STILL have nagging little "feel fat" moments. Yes. STILL. I’m a work in progress and have a feeling I will always fight these thoughts.
I’ve gotten better. I no longer allow the feelings to guide my food choices. I value myself now too much to do that. But working to love yourself IS work for those of us with histories. And forcing yourself to look at the things you love and reinforce those thoughts is a powerful tool in our weight loss journeys. You all know my feeling of self acceptance before weight loss, right? Even if you are unhappy YOU must work on loving yourself now or I’m convinced your weight loss efforts are doomed. Sorry, I don’t mean to sound so dismal but it’s true. Those of us that get into the yo-yo diet cycle of hell…
…it’s the only way.
So where is this all coming from? Well my good friend MizFit posted about National Love Your Body Day. Which is TODAY! by the way. And her post led me to Mish’s amazing, courageous post called Exposed.
She had the courage to do something I’ve been considering for years but, frankly, have been too chicken to do. Yes… chicken.
But this is too important for me to hide. These feelings I have, my body after weight loss and surgery, are me.
So my answer to the "Why do you love your body?" question is the same as it was a year and a half ago…
…what I love about my body is that it is healthy, strong, and has the ability to change. I love that my body has grown and nurtured a life. And I love that my body allows me to enjoy life to the fullest, I know not everyone is that lucky.
To that I add this
This is it. This is me. And as I work on accepting myself through this blog as I always have I hope to inspire you. If you have a blog do an "Exposed" post. Make a positive statement about your body. Get your readers to do the same. Imagine a world where the everyday body became the visual norm NOT what we see in magazines. Imagine growing up in a world where a young girl can see her body in a positive role model that didn’t focus on negativity about that body as they compare it to some absurd cultural norm but instead sees someone that looks like them and loves themselves unconditionally.
Maybe I’m being naive but I think this can work. I think this can make a difference. And as I write this with tears streaming down my face I know that this is what I needed to do for me.
I know it’s hard but now it’s your turn. Why do YOU love your body? What do you love about it? Are you willing to expose yourself?
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