There never has been and there never will be a one size fits all when it comes to the body. Positive body image is vital to health and wellness
Body Image. Those two words can send shivers up your spine & make your tug your shirt down. Or, for some, that phrase spikes your confidence and gives you an extra pep in your step.
One thing that I’m sure you’ve noticed is that I’m very passionate about health. Hollywood and media seems to have this notion that there is a one size fits all solution to health and that simply isn’t true. I’m passionate about positive body image and health NOT skinny. Healthy does not equal skinny and skinny doesn’t equal healthy. I’m not a doctor, but that’s my personal and humble opinion.
Another thing I am very passionate about is being kind and encouraging to others; this passion is one of the main reasons I started this blog. I recently read a book that has changed my perspective on, well, myself! Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst talks about rejection and how to handle it, etc. This book isn’t necessarily about body image, but the message is totally applicable to what we’re talking about. I highly recommend you checking out her book, very good read and very encouraging.
Lysa has changed my perspective; she said on page 126 “There is an abundant need in this world for your exact brand of beautiful”. I love that! Now, I don’t personally know Lysa, but if someone talks to her before me, let her know that we’re now best friends because I just love her!
This brings me to my one simple rule about body image:
Be Your Exact Brand of Beautiful
Lysa said it wonderfully. The world NEEDS your EXACT brand of beautiful; not what the media says is beautiful.. Again, the world needs you and your brand.
There is not a one size fits all to body image. PERIOD. We are not built the same, we’re not MEANT to be built the same. We should not be on the search for skinny, we should be on the hunt for healthy and strong bodies.
I truly do not understand the movement of body shaming. Remember, body shaming goes both ways. What I mean by that is, some people talk about how that person is ‘too big’ or that person is ‘too skinny’. Either one can be hurtful. Remember, to be kind to each other!
Social Media can be detrimental to a person’s self esteem. Remember, if you’re looking at a fitness model’s pictures, he or she is posing, making their body look the best it possibly can. Keep in mind also, that is their job. ALSO remember that people who post things like this on social media are not going to post things that are not becoming to their body. These people are human too; when they sit down, their stomach skin folds & when they wake up in the morning, their breath could gag a maggot. They put their clothes on the exact same way you do.
My pregnancy with my son was extremely taxing on my health and overall weight. I worked very hard for as long as I could to keep my health in tip top shape for both my unborn son and myself. Long story short, my weight, blood pressure, etc got out of control and I struggled with my body image for months and months. My reason for telling you this is, I’ve been there, I’ve struggled with my body image and I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to live ashamed of the body you live in!
I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times and I’ll say it a million more – strive towards being healthy and strong. The scale doesn’t say the same thing it did before I had my baby, but I am stronger and I believe as a whole, healthier than I was even before I had him.
Remember to Encourage Each Other
What’s my point? My point is, that each and everyone of us are made wonderfully and UNIQUELY. Can you imagine if we all looked the same? How boring!
Don’t listen to the voice in your head that says you have to look a certain way. Remember, the most important thing is that you are healthy and that you are comfortable in your skin. Being too thin or overweight can be damaging to your health, however, if you’re reading this, that means you’re working towards your ideal health which is awesome!
If you’re already in ideal health, I applaud you! Be encouraging to those that you know are really working to make a difference in their lives. Don’t point or make fun. Love on them.
For those that aren’t in their ideal health, I believe in you. I mean it. I believe in YOU.
Don’t forget that you are beautiful. Not only that, you are strong. You’re also unique. You are YOU.
Own it, love it, flaunt it.