Thursday, July 24, 2014

Body Talk: Loving yourself no matter what

If you follow me on instagram (how many times have a led a post with that?) then you'll notice that I occasionally post some type of "progress picture" or "gym selfie" in which less of my body is covered than not. Not because I love showing off or talking about my body, because that part actually gives me heart palpitations, and not the good kind. But I do like to talk about loving myself, and not in a big headed, egotistical kind of way, but the soul-fulfilling, confidence-boosting, heart-warming kind of way. 


Because don't they say, If you don't love yourself, then no one else can either? Or something like that.

Loving ourselves is something that doesn't come easy. In fact, I think it's one of the hardest things we can do, and it took me a long time to get where I am today. And today I am nowhere near perfect.

When I say I love my body, it doesn't always mean I'm happy with it. I think people think that when they "love themselves" that they are settling for what they already have. I think people assume that when you work out or want to lose weight or become healthier, it means we can't love our body - because we're trying to change it. I completely disagree with this notion.

I feel that we can love our body before, during, and after changing it. I feel that we should actually love our body no matter what, not because of how it looks, but because of what it can do. I wrote earlier this year about going on a diet for my soul. It's been hard work, but I think I've finally arrived at a place of contentedness. I wrote the following:
We sit here day after day and beat ourselves up and compare ourselves to others, always thinking we could do better. Look better. Be better. But in reality, we need to focus on the ways that we are already beautiful. Instead of focusing on ways we can improve, lets focus on the things we have already mastered. 
I really have tried over the past few months to focus on the good instead of the bad, and to feed my soul the things it needs for happiness. Loving myself is hard. It doesn't mean I'm always happy, or that I don't strive to be better, it means that no matter what, at the end of the day I can still look at my body, know that I have worked hard for it and I can still love it.



Those pictures were taken only a few days apart, yet they look significantly different from each other. But you know what, I love both of those bodies. I love the one on the left: the bloated from good food, fish catching, bare footed, hasn't-showered-dirty-haired and ready to take a nap body. I love the one on the right: the lean, clean, swimming and running machine, fresh out of the shower and ready to take on the day body. Though they are different, they are the same. Though they have different stories to tell, the ending remains unified: they are both mine, they are both healthy, and they are both something I've worked hard for.

In what ways do you love yourself and your body?

Mr. Thomas & Me

Treating myself with Treasure Tromp!

33 comments:

Samantha @ Life is But a Stream of Thoughts said...

Love this post! I love that you explicitly state that you can love your body even while you are trying to improve it to how you want it. People are constantly trying to be happier in every aspect of life, so why not this one as well?

Girl Brooks said...

You're doing something not a lot of people allow themselves to do. SO proud of you!

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The Running Nurse said...

You look great in both photos! Good for you for accepting yourself!

Nina W said...

Love this post! A big part of loving ourselves is loving our bodies. It's encouraging to see posts like this where we praise who God made us rather than tear our bodies down.

Cassie Eliya said...

Such a wonderful post! Amen, sister... I'm with you on ALL of that! & you look great by the way!

-Cassie
www.livingoncloud9ine.blogspot.com

The Rachael Way said...

I love when people posts pictures like that on Instagram. More power to you!

Caitlin G said...

You are so encouraging and look great!! I also love your striped shorts!!!! Obsessed.

Sierra Carter said...

I really love this! Thank you so much for sharing- it is really important... no matter how many pins we see or quotes or how cheesy it may be... It is severely important to promote self love.

Sierra

Jay T said...

I think you should put that quote over a pretty background and pin it so I can pin it and memorize it. I love it.

Kay said...

Love, love this post! And that quote! And this concept!!!! I may need to save this post so I can re-read it once a dang week!

Katie @ A Beautiful Little Adventure.com said...

What a beautiful reminder to love ourselves no matter the day or change our body is going through. Finding the positive is one thing I always try to do with every other aspect of my life and yet with my body I can never seem to master that thought process.

Allie said...

I think it's great how you differentiated between loving your body and not wanting to change it. I struggled with that for a long time - thinking that if I accepted my body as it was, that's how it would always be. Eventually, that just wore me out, and now I try to accept it each day. I tell myself that, while I may want and work for my body to be different tomorrow, it's not going to change today. It has helped so much! Anyway, enough of that, but you hit this one on the head!

Kels @ BlonderSide said...

Girl you're H.O.T. Hot! I'd say you've got the best possibly outlook on whatever body decides to greet you in the morning. You are now my spiritual guru and I'll channel you as try to find my namaste :)

Amber Thomas said...

How do our bodies do this? The whole bloat and bubble thing just drives me insane because it's so day by day making our mood and attitude feel just day by day too. Ugh.

You're beautiful. And your buff thighs make me happy because I have a pair of my own!

Emily S (Em Busy Living) said...

Thank you! I needed this today. I am definitely struggling lately with "loving" my body, because I'm definitely not happy with it right now! But I guess I should show myself a little more love, huh?

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