Ladies, Let’s Stop Doing This

stophatingyourbody

I am just going to be real here, for a moment, ladies. We need to stop hating our bodies, no matter what size or shape they are. That is the bottom line.

It doesn’t matter if you weigh a couple pounds more (or in my case, about 80) than you wish you did, are pregnant and feel awkward, wish you could gain just a few more pounds of muscle or hate your flat behind. I can guarantee that you rock someone’s socks off. I can guarantee that no one notices that little flaw in your ears or big toe.

When we think of our children, we see nothing but perfection. If you are the mother of a child (or several) you know what I am talking about. Do you ever just look at the little hairs on the back of their neck? Or the chubbiness of their pinky toe? Do you ever just think to yourselves, “I made that! Isn’t it just absolutely perfect and miraculous?” It is indeed. Think about it, though. God looks at you the very same way you look at your child. Your friends, your loved ones…they see you the very same way as well.  I also promise you that when you are making your child laugh or hugging them when they are down..they are not looking at the way your arm looks in that shirt or how many chins you have when you laugh.

So while I am not saying that being unhealthy is OK, it isn’t. But, I am saying that it’s OK to be who you are. Lets stop trying to fit into a neat little box. Overweight is not always unhealthy just as being thin is not always either way. Nothing is wrong with being thin, or athletic or curvy or even fat. It is your body. It is part of what makes you, you.

We need to stop looking at our face and all it’s wrinkles or perceived flaws and our bodies and all of it’s “too fats” and “too shorts” as a work in progress. It just is. Can it be “better”? Only if you FEEL better. Better is not what someone else perceives it to be, but what you do. This is not to say that you should throw everything out and be miserable or that you should not strive to feel beautiful..you just need to remind yourself that you are doing it for you and not some ideal of beauty.

Stop living for the future and what you hope you will look like in pictures by a particular date. Live for now. Smile for now. Take pictures and videos for now. What is the point of living if you are only living for tomorrow? Live for today and love yourself for today. Try to see yourself for who you are, not whom you wish you were and nurture her.  Oh and don’t be afraid to wear what you want..even leggings. <3

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