I walked past the mirror, and thought "UGH. I wish my arms weren't so fluffy. And my butt. And my…" You get the idea. We've all done it, right? We've all wasted precious time on this earth worrying about what isn't right with our bodies. And it's causing SO MUCH GRIEF. We are stressed out about which diet to try. How and when to exercise. Do these pants make me look fat (or too skinny)?
It's an endless cycle of self-hate and frustration.
Do you think God made a mistake when he made you? I don't. I think when he created you, He said "She is GOOD, and this world desperately needs her." I don't think every woman should be a size 2. Most women don't stay the same size for their entire lives. (And that's OKAY! We're not supposed to!)
Friend, it's time to let go of body-perfection.
Here are a few things I've learned about my body since I started my journey towards Intuitive Eating & WHOLE Health:
1. It's about being HEALTHY, not perfection.
I don't know about you, but I'd rather be healthy than getting skinny again. And there IS a difference! I don't just mean bodily-health, I also mean mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Being heathy can include losing weight — but that's not the only piece to the health puzzle.
2. It's not about how you look, it's about how you FEEL.
Exercise to FEEL a certain way, not to LOOK a certain way. I want to have tons of energy so I can run with my kids and not be out of breath. If you think about how you want to feel when you're living your DREAM life, and you don't feel that way now… it might be time for a change!
3. We've accepted our culture's view of beauty.
Every book, magazine, and tv show that pops up is teaching us signs of "true" beauty. Clear skin, perfect hair, a beautiful hourglass body. But think about other cultures long ago… The famous painting of Venus in a shell is a curvy woman with a little stomach pooch. Chinese culture thought that destroying a woman's feet was a sign of beauty. Culture makes the standards for beauty — and we can choose to accept it or reject it.
4. We have to constantly fight the lies we hear.
Every day we hear lies about ourselves and who we are. If you're ever walked in front of the mirror and thought something bad about your body then you're hearing lies. (If you want to learn more about the lies you're believing and how to fight them, click here!) If you've ever felt less-than, too much, or like a total failure… you are NOT. Lies will try to create an identity for you out of half-truths. (Example: I may HAVE FAT, but it doesn't mean that I AM FAT.)
5. You can TRUST your body!
God didn't make ANY mistakes when He made you, and your body will let you know when you're tired, hungry, full, or overwhelmed. Have you ever watched a toddler eat something yummy? When their bellies get full, they'll STOP EATING. (Even if it's ice cream!) I've watched my kids do this over and over again. As we get older, we forget our bodies' natural cues because we're too busy or stressed to notice… or we're purposefully ignoring them.