Wednesday 14th December 2011by Casey King
My mom cooks up this peanut brittle that will make you forget who you are. Yea…it’s that good. Every Winter I ax all self control to make this my diet’s main staple. Ending with five pounds and an aching in my belly. [Because sometimes it feels good to be a kid again ;]
Like many of you I tend to come out of the holiday mill feeling guilty about the wear and tear on my body. This is the most important time to remind ourselves why our bodies are so magnificent! Ten ways we can all love our bodies. After all, this is the season to celebrate you and the love you have to give. :]
(Photo Credit: Eat Well NZ)
10. Stand naked facing a full length mirror. Point out the parts of your curvy body that you love most. [I don't care how hard it is for you, you are beautiful!]
9. When you’re in front of that mirror, or anywhere for that matter, pay yourself a compliment. Especially when you start to think something negative about your body, STOP! Force yourself to say at least one great thing about yourself. You wouldn’t let your friends talk that way about themselves, would you?
8. Take out a pen and some paper, write down the things your body allows you to do. Then post the list somewhere you’ll see it often.
7. Be grateful! Once I realized how lucky I am to have four working limbs, a good heart, and back…I was able to slow those self-deprecating thoughts. It could always be worse!
6. When I start to hate on my body, I go for a walk. Exercise promotes your body to release Endorphins, and that alone will lift your spirits.
5. On that note, the best thing you can do to love your plus-size body is to be healthy! Eating fried chicken every night and not exercising regularly is going to stomp all over your heart. And you can’t love your body if you aren’t alive, right?
4. Dance naked. Cook naked. Read naked. Just be naked all the time. ;] Really though, freeing your body will free your muddy thoughts about that beautiful body of yours!
3. Take a baseball bat to your scale! Or donate it to your community thrift store. Either way, that scale is not your health, your mind, and does not define your beauty. Ditch the beast already!
2. Make a list of all the most important people in your life. Are any of those a young boy or girl? Think about the ways in which your body image affects that youngster. Would you be okay with them imitating you as they verbally tear their bodies apart in front of the mirror? At 14, 11, 9, even 5 years old. Yea…I didn’t think so.
1. The best thing I ever did was to “let go of myself.” I stopped wearing makeup, “dressing up”, and I took about 3 minutes to do my hair. [Side note: I was still well kept. Just in a different way] I began to notice that no one treated me any differently than they did before I morphed into “plain Jane.”
You are intelligent, witty, caring, unique and most definitely beautiful! See yourself as a whole, and the little quirks you have with your plus -size body will hit the gutter in no time.
Enjoy your Holidays and remember to cut yourself some slack!