What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you picking out every spot that you don’t like about yourself? Armfat? Cellulite? Pooch? That teeny tiny pimple on your chin? Stop being so critical! When you look at yourself in the mirror, it is essential that you pick out all of the things you LOVE about your body! Your body is strong. You are beautiful. If you don’t love your body now, guess what? You won’t love it when you lose those “last 5 pounds” either.
Body image is so important. Would you tell your best friend that you thought she looked fat today? Or that you can’t believe she left the house with her butt looking so big? I’m guessing not. So why is it ok to say that to yourself. It is heartbreaking to see all of the beautiful women who walk into our gym who do not lend themselves the same amount of grace they would be to a friend.
It is SO important to love yourself! If you have a hard time doing it for yourself, then think about your children. Do you want them to be looking at themselves in the mirror thinking their stomach is too big? Do you want them to live their life trying out every new fad diet? I am guessing you don’t. Our children learn from watching us. So please set the example for them and LOVE yourself!
It is hard to change. It won’t be easy. Here are a few strategies to help you start liking your body:
*Put sticky notes on your bathroom mirror that have a positive mantra written on it and say it every day, even if you don’t mean it at first.
*When you look in the mirror, focus on the things you do like about yourself. Start small. Look for one thing and build from there.
*Stop comparing yourself to others. You are you. You might never look like the celebrity on the cover of Vogue, but she is airbrushed anyway J
*Give compliments to others. If you start looking for the good in other people it will rub off on you.
* Accept compliments. When someone tells you look good, don’t contradict them. Smile and say thank you!
You are strong. You are talented. You are beautiful. You deserve more. I told you, now go tell yourself and mean it.