Today I’m here to be your cheerleader. Heck, I’m here to be MY cheearleader;)
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I’ve been thinking a lot about body image and the way we are “trained” to think about these precious gifts we’ve been given. Here’s how I see it: we need to focus more on loving ourselves and our bodies and focus less on what society deems beautiful or perfect. But wait, perfect doesn’t exits.
Body positivity can mean a lot of things but the one thing I know it doesn’t equate to skinny. I have a love/hate relationship with the word skinny. I’ve talked about my struggles with an eating disorder before, and it’s no secret that I spent time striving to be skinny, striving to be enough – but one thing I learned while trying to reprogram my brain is that skinny isn’t the culprit. The problem is how we translate it. So I scrapped the word and swap it for words like healthy, strong, capable, worthy.
Finding the balance between being healthy but not pushing yourself to fit a certain standard of beauty is the real trick. I think body positivity is really about honoring the qualities that we love about ourselves. Does it mean we have to love our bodies 24/7, probably not, but it does mean having an honest understanding with ourselves that feeling great in our own skin is the best way to live your lives. Sometimes you’ll have a little self-doubt, sure, but that’s okay. In the end, it’s about balance. But more importantly, it’s about striking a balance that’s comfortable for you and no one not else.
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