A Note on Body Image

Body image is such a tricky subject. So often, especially us women, we’ll look at others and wish our body looked like their’s or that a part of our body looked like theirs. I know I’m guilty of it! Often times, it’s something they feel self-conscious about, it makes no sense, really. We spend so much time comparing ourselves to others that too many people take to unhealthy means for weight loss or gain.  

I write this as someone who has always been small. I’m very petite, and I was typically smaller than most of my friends growing up. I would often get comments from kids and adults alike about my size. I was always “so tiny,” “so skinny,” “breakable.” I hated it. As I grew into my teenage years, that insecurity of being smaller stuck with me. I didn’t like that my thighs were thin, I wanted to be part of the thick thighs club! I envied those with thicker thighs, while a lot of them wanted to thin their thighs out, I never understood it. I continued to hear lots of comments about my body. I think that people think it’s acceptable to do that when you’re small, they think they’re complimenting you, although unfortunately, they’re not. I was always looked at as “so lucky” because I was small, and looked at as if I couldn’t understand body image issues. It didn’t matter what I ate, it never put weight on me, besides maybe a couple of pounds on my belly, of course, the last place I want it.

I write this to offer some perspective. If you’re looking at a part of your body that you hate, chances are, someone else is envying it. One person may not like their freckles, and another wishes she had freckles. One person doesn’t like their height, another would love to be their height. We are always going to be looking at the worst in ourselves. While I of course understand that there are some insensitive people out there who may say something intentionally hurtful, it’s important to remember that it isn’t the norm, and hurting people hurt people. Someone who goes out of their way to comment negatively on someone else’s appearance is probably more insecure about their own body.

I want this to be a reminder to you to be grateful about the body you’ve been given. Don’t use diet and exercise to punish yourself or your body but instead to celebrate what your body can do and is made to do. Once I learned how to re-adjust my body’s hormones and let my body tell me what it needs, I’ve been in awe about how our body’s are created. No worries about calorie counting - making sure you have enough but not too much, but just simply being able to let my body tell me when it’s hungry, when it’s full, when it’s time to move, when I can lift heavier, is incredibly freeing and gives me a whole new perspective on this body I’ve been given. Take care of your body and it will truly take care of you, and it is something to be grateful for. I encourage you to look at yourself in the mirror and be grateful and amazed at what your body can do!

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