If you read this blog or follow my fan page I can guess you have a desire to lose weight or get into better shape. One thing I like to emphasize is that I do not promote “Thin is in” or unhealthy ways to lose weight. I am all for everyone getting down to a healthy weight that is ideal for that person. Everyone will not be a size 2 when they are done with their journey. It is my dream and prayer that whoever is reading this can be at a healthy weight. Not only that if you are reading this and you want to lose belly fat, more toned hips, or better legs than heck yeah I want that for you!
Because it is Valentine’s Day I want to talk about self love. Sure we should love everyone else but we can’t do that if we don’t love our self. So what does it mean to love yourself? Self approval and allowing others to do the same. This means you accept your flaws and you try to change what you can. This means that you have confidence in yourself and your abilities. This means that you believe you are deserving of success and great things.
The most important thing I want for you is to love yourself and your body. Love yourself enough to give yourself better health. Love your body no matter what state it is in. No one will be perfect and there will always be flaws. I know people look at me and think they want to lose weight as easily as it seems I did or say “I want to look like that after I have 3 kids” but that does not mean I have been completely satisfied. I still see more work to be done with my post baby belly and not only that I have HORRIBLE stretch marks! Lol But you know what? I still love my body because it is my body. Although I deal with pains and limitations of Fibromyalgia I know someone out there wishes they could walk. If I spent time hating my body then how can I help others who need me? How can I set an example for my kids and others around me that “Looks don’t mean much?”
Love yourself. Don’t waste another day standing in the mirror hating myself. Some days I catch myself standing in front of the mirror and frowning upon these dreadful stretch marks. Then I think about all of the women who are larger than me who have been told that they aren’t good enough because they aren’t thin enough.
Well if you have ever been told that by anyone then I would like to apologize for them because it is not right and it is not true. You are worthy of everything good and sound that God has made. You are beautiful. And I also ask that you love yourself enough to forgive them and forget them!
So I don’t care what size you are and who you are stand in the mirror and tell yourself “I love my body and no matter what size I am I will love it. No matter what I see I will be happy.” Life is too short to be unhappy over things that don’t define who we are. I also want you to stand there for a minute and pick out some things you like about your body.
Remember the scale doesn’t define us and remember this quote from one of my favorite books “She’s Come Undone” by Wally Lamb. The main character was a woman who struggled with her weight and severe depression. I will never forget the quote “ You are the same person no matter what state you are stuck breathing in” This means that whether you are 300lbs or 120 lbs you are the same person. My hope is that you know that you are not stuck and that you are beautiful and you are awesome!
Stop the self hate and tell yourself something positive everyday! ” I love my body” ” I am beautiful” ” I am confident”
Come on over to my Facebook page and write on my wall what you love about your body. Don’t be Shy!
Hope you enjoyed this post and found it inspiring. Happy Valentine’s Day! Like and share with your friends!
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