When you read those words, what did you think? Did you consider not even clicking on this because you feel like there's no way you could love your body? Maybe you can love your body as long as you lose 15lbs, grow an inch, have skinnier arms or never wear a bathing suit. If the weight loss market is $20B, clearly a lot of people are not happy with their bodies. This number includes weight loss supplements, books, surgeries and gym memberships to name a few things.
We're going to change tracks. Think of the person you love the most. Most of us have several people we love. Our children, our parents, brothers, sisters and friends come to mind. Do you have this person clearly pictured? What do you do for that person? When they call you, do you drop what you're doing to help? You'd do anything for them! They make you want to do whatever you can for them because they would do it for you. They make you want to be the best person you can be because they care about you that much.
Let's go back to our original topic. I bet you can tell where I'm going with this. Let's start by loving ourselves. Loving our bodies. We have a good idea of what's healthy and what's not. You can't turn on the news or log into any social media site without seeing another article or story about what's good for your body and what's bad. We can always learn more, but we probably have the basics down. Start with that. Then repeat this daily affirmation, "I love my body as is. I do not want to damage the body I love." Repeat this 10 times to start and repeat it daily.
If we want to be the best person we can be for those we love, why wouldn't we start by loving ourselves? Contact me for more information and for work related to the body you want.
Karen Becker is an author, speaker and personal growth coach. She has a Master's Degree in Counseling and applies these skills when coaching clients. She has years of experience coaching clients in all areas of life: parenting, co-parenting after divorce and in personal growth/wellness. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.