Friday, September 20, 2013

"It’s actually more acceptable to insult your body than to praise it..."

How sad is that?.... But so true. Am I right? Take a second and think how many times a day you critique yourself in the mirror.... Or you think "only if I could lose this much more weight"...... "I hate the way I look today"... "if I could look like that I would be happy".... I know I am guilty of these on a daily basis. As women we are always comparing ourselves to other women. We constantly are thinking about how we look. We are more than likely bashing ourselves in our inner monologue that plays out all day.

Glamour recently did a study on women and body image. They found that 97% of women will be cruel to their bodies today. "Our research found that, on average, women have 13 negative body thoughts daily-nearly one for every waking our."...  How did this happen?! How did we become so down on ourselves? You could blame the media, Hollywood's obsession with being thin... Our society has become OBSESSED with media. TV, the movies, social media, magazines etc. & out of every media source comes the story of how this star keeps in tip top shape, how she immediately bounced back from having a baby, the next fad diet etc etc etc. Its everywhere. Body image is always right in our face. Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with being health conscious, exercising, healthy eating etc. We should be concerned with these things. You should always be striving to improve yourself, your lifestyle. But when it becomes an unhealthy obsession, when you are constantly critiquing yourself which turns into bashing yourself, something needs to change.

Lets start appreciating our bodies. The female body is amazing. I mean come on, we birth children! Stop yourself when you have those inner self bashing thoughts. Take care of your body. Check yourself out in the mirror and say "Dang girl you look good today!" Be confident! Just be nicer to yourself, to your body. You do not have to be a size 2 to be beautiful. You do not have to have perfect hair, perfect skin, the perfect outfit. There is no such thing as perfect! Just be yourself. Be your own kind of beautiful.

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