Loving Yourself Enough to Treat Your Body Right – not impossible!
We’ve all been inundated with images of pencil thin girls, pouting their voluptuous lips at the camera. We’ve also been given contradictory messages about loving our bodies despite what our society deems beautiful. I don’t know about you, but I for one am sick of beautiful celebrities telling the rest of us to feel good about our bodies. Magazine articles and daytime talk shows, host these impossibly beautiful women, who go on to talk about how those with self-image issues shouldn’t compare themselves to gorgeous celebrities. I roll my eyes with every ironic word out of their mouths
So what now? How do we rise above the disingenuous pep talks of the rich and beautiful? How do we motivate ourselves to honor our bodies and deny the supper skinny? Many of us, myself included, have an aversion to exercise.
Until recently, I would answer my inner voice that had been prodding me to jog, with “well, the housework I do burns enough calories,” or “Yeah, I ran down the block after the dog, that counts as exercise.” What lit a fire under me was the loss of my marriage. At first it was me lounging around in yoga pants, and crying until I felt sick. But after awhile I decided I didn’t want to be a victim of circumstance, and letting myself become unhealthier.
Now, I’m not saying that everyone needs a devastating event to propel (pun intended) them to develop an exercise plan, but so many of us have extraneous forces, or our own feelings of self worth and doubt. Whether we attribute our low self worth to the mean girls from seventh grade who jeered at our clothing choices, or the bodacious blond our husband works with, we have to recognize that these forces are do not our selves make. Eleanor Roosevelt, who was not a beauty herself, but knew who she was, wisely said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” I would add that nothing can diminish the greatness you achieve for yourself.
We have to stop all activity that is damaging to ourselves. When tempted with the late night cookie gorging, we must stop ourselves and say these words, “ I am worth more than this. I love myself enough to stop this cycle of destruction. I love myself enough to engage in what will make healthier.”
A great fitness program designed around your needs and wants is what will change your ideas about yourself. Yes, endorphins are an amazing rush of goodness, but long after they wear off, it’s the feeling of knowing that you are accomplishing something for yourself. Something that no one or nothing can take away from you.
If you don’t like exercise now, you will once you get into a routine. Try all different types of exercise. (Start with Phitnus he he!) What works for one, might not work for you. Dance programs are fun, and lets you shake your thang to music. Though I have not tried yet, I am told that Pilates is great exercise for those that don’t like to focus on just one part of their body. Find it, work your ass off, and begin to feel the love for you and what you will become.
-written by contributing Blogger Christin Mason