Raise your hand if you’ve ever beaten yourself up about your body image/weight?
I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a time when I cared about my body image. Not so much the number on a scale, but the way I felt about my body. I compared my body to others, and wished I was thinner or had better abs. Then I’d step on the scale and sigh, because the number would reinforce the emotions I was feeling. I’ll never be as skinny as her. I’ll never have a 6-pack.
I’ve definitely judged and criticized my body. And wished it was different in one way or another.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realizing something. A lot of girls feel the same way as me: unsatisfied with their bodies. Girls who were way skinnier than me. Girls with way better abs. Girls with defined arms.
There are two particular girl friends of mine that come to mind, who I really admire and think probably have the most fit bodies I know. And over the course of the past few weeks, they’ve both mentioned insecurities with their body image.
Why do we all beat ourselves up about our bods? Why can’t being active be enough?
Enough with the negativity towards our bodies. Enough with the judging. And wishing.
We either choose to criticize and wish we have better bodies, or we choose to be active and eat well and embrace the bodies we earn.
I choose the latter :)
I do have a good body. I am thankful for the physical traits I’ve inherited. I’ll always be surrounded by skinnier girls with flatter abs, but who cares?! I’m happy with my body. I feed it well and workout with regularity.
And that’s the stuff that matters: healthy nutrition, active lifestyles, positive mental well-being.
So I encourage all the girls out there who give themselves a hard time about their bodies, to stop. And join me in embracing the positive stuff about our heathy lifestyles. It’s really quite nice :)