Last year’s “Love Your Body (even if it’s just for today)” was such a highlight of my month that I need to do it again.
I have been thinking a lot lately about my own body hang-ups and how they compare now (at 30!) to 29 or 25 or 20. I’ve come to the conclusion that I am entirely too easily influenced. At 20 I hated my body because I didn’t look like the gorgeous waif-like audio girls at my school. At 25 I hated my body because I was dating someone who always compared me to his size 4 ex. At 29 I was more comfortable with my body and appreciated my curves because of bellydance…..but also disillusioned by the body hating going on around me. Dancers are demanding on their bodies and in some circles this can translate into cattiness. I made the conscious decision to stop subscribing to bad behavior, and with that came a departure from dancing. I still love the art-form but I can’t engage in critique of my own body or others anymore. It’s exhausting and unhealthy.
Frankly I can’t – and won’t be influenced by “society” or by mass negativity. Don’t like my shape? Don’t look at me.
(I sound really bad-ass….but it’s sort of a front. If I say it enough I think I’ll believe it)
At 30 I am still not 100% comfortable in my own skin, but I’m working on it. I wish my stomach didn’t pooch out, I wish my thighs were slimming down (I wish spot training was possible, lol). But overall, I don’t hate myself. I don’t wake up and wish I was a size 4. I do wake up and wish I was stronger or healthier or more tone – but I know that those things come with hard work, not wishes.
So, in honor of “Love Your Body – Even if it’s Just For Today” here is something I love about my body ~ with no strings attached. (Different from last year!)
My cheekbones. I never knew what my bone structure was because my face was always heavy. I honestly didn’t even notice the change in my face until I saw an old picture.
Crazy eh? I have a cute heart-shaped face! Who knew?!
After the Grammy’s I was thinking “Adele is the size I want to be someday” (we have a similar shape) – then I got 3 different people saying “Ya know you look like Adele!”. Yay! Heart-shaped faces rule. 🙂
So, dear lovely readers – what do you love about your body today in honor of Valentine’s Day??? Be honest – and don’t cop-out ~ no negative spins! 🙂