Sunday, January 27, 2008

Body Image Struggles: Be Grateful For What You Have

Last week over at the Back in Skinny Jeans blog, it was "Inspiring Fit Week" and people shared their stories of what they are doing to stay fit. This is where I read about Leslie and her goal of banishing all body image struggles that women go through. I'm sure many of you can relate to these struggles.

One thing I've learned not to do when going through image struggles is to look at myself in the mirror obsessively. You will always, always find something wrong.

What you have to do when you look at yourself in the morning as you're getting ready for the day is to find at least 5 positive things about yourself and be grateful for those gifts. For example:
  • Thank you for my hair...(Remember that there are many women out there who have cancer and don't have any hair because of chemo treatments)
  • Thank you for my breasts
  • Thank you for my teeth
  • Thank you for my feet that I can put in my designer shoes
  • Thank you for my eyes
These are all things we take for granted, but they're what makes us who we are. They are part of our beauty. While you're obsessing on why you can't look like Jessica Alba, think about the people out there who don't have these basic body parts and be grateful for what you do have.
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