I really do believe it’s incredibly sad how society has made beating yourself up so customary.
“I’m so fat”
“I hate my hair”
The list goes on and on. We live in a world where we tear ourselves down over and over. We are trained to compare ourselves to other people. We are trained to find all the “bad” and to ultimately hate ourselves.
When we look down upon ourselves it makes it even harder to create and achieve fitness goals because we find that we are never good enough. Or in some way, our goals are unrealistic. Making a goal to look like celebrities or models needs to be scratched off your list and changed instantly. Because, guess what? They aren’t real. Those pictures, they are modified and contoured and filtered and FAKE. When we begin to compare ourselves to these individuals we are setting ourselves up for failure. Trust me, I have spent several years breaking myself apart by nit-picking everything I felt was “ugly” about myself.
I can’t pin-point the moment things started to change for me but eventually I started to realize that I needed to stop. I needed to stop hating myself. I started to look in the mirror in a different way. I started to look at my ‘flaws’ as ‘assets’. I started to love the squishiness of my belly and my stretch marks my babies gave me. I started to wear clothes to flaunt my small chest and started to embrace my tooth gap and small lips. All these things that society would probably find unflattering, I decided were beautiful.
I encourage you, especially mothers of little girls to talk kind words to yourself. I encourage you to show others that it is OKAY to love yourself. It is OKAY to flaunt large hips and a full figure. When you start to love yourself you start to take care of yourself better. You begin to treat your body kind with healthy foods and good rest and a clear mind. And it becomes contagious to others. So today I encourage you to start thinking of yourself as the beautiful human being that you are and flaunt it!
NSSB By Brit