We’ve all been there: wishing that we looked like a celebrity in a magazine or that girl we saw at the gym. We all get that icky, guilty feeling when we’re shopping for new clothes and it seems like there is nothing in the entire mall that fits! It’s frustrating and it’s an emotion that leaves you feeling empty. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Throughout my years of weight loss and weight gain, body loving and body hating, I’ve discovered four major keys to being truly and honestly comfortable in my skin. When I start having negative thoughts about my body, I ask myself these questions:
Am I Eating The Right Foods?
Now, this doesn’t mean going on a crazy, absurd diet. It just means that of all the calories I eat in a day, are the majority of them full of vitamins and nutrients? A treat is okay every now and then, but when you eat well you feel well. And it’s definitely easier to love body when you feel well.
Am I Exercising?
“Exercise” is a tough word for some people to swallow, but it doesn’t have to include going for a jog or lifting weights. Getting your body to move and grow stronger should be the main goal of every workout. Don’t like running? Try a Zumba class. Not the biggest fan of cycling? Yoga can make you sweat just as much. The key is to get up and get moving. Exercising and pushing your limits helps you to realize and appreciate all the amazing things your body can do.
Am I Getting Enough Sleep?
I am a busy, on-the-go, can’t-say-no, nonstop, college student with a handful of jobs and a husband and a baby and a lot of bills. My days are packed from the second my alarm goes off to the moment my head hits the pillow. But my body and my mind need the irreplaceable rest that comes with a good night’s sleep. When I neglect the sleep that I need, I’m tired and sluggish. I get frustrated with my body for not being able to do more for me. However, in order to get the most out of my body it needs to rest. It’s easy to love and care for my body when I feel awake and refreshed.
Am I Dressing For My Body Type?
Try as I may I will never be a size zero - and there’s nothing wrong that! There is also nothing wrong with those of you who are a size zero. That being said, I need to find clothing cuts, styles and fabrics that best fit my body. There is a difference between cute clothes and flattering clothes. Lots of trends are cute, but they don’t flatter my body type. Sticking to clothes that flatter your body type, whatever it may be, will help you feel more comfortable in your own skin.
In the end, when I am taking care of my body, I love and appreciate it more - even if I didn’t reach my ideal weight or if I’m not as strong as I’d like to be. There is so much my body can do and I’m so thankful for the one I was blessed with. Taking care of my body helps me feel my best and let’s me be my best.
How have you overcome your negative body image? I would love to hear your triumphs in the comments below!
Have you read my post about loving your body while pregnant?