Hi everyone! We are in Illinois! We got in REALLY late last night! We are sad to be no longer be Okies…but excited to begin a new chapter of life. I realized as our home was packed and moving to a new place, home is where the heart is. As much as I loved our home in Tulsa, it wasn’t the same with all of our valuables and special touches removed. 🙁 Enough sappiness…off to enjoy family time!
Today, Dana of Happiness Is Within will be talking about body image. Dana’s blog is so honest and raw — she makes me “get” eating disorders which have always been difficult for me to understand, even as a nutrition professional. You will appreciate Dana’s candid writing and super sweetness! 🙂
Take it away, Dana! 😀
Hi everyone, I’m the writer behind Happiness is Within. I started the blog on a whim as a way to get and give support during my recovery from my Eating Disorder. It has turned into a great treasury of recovery tools for me and I couldn’t be more thankful!
I talk about body image a lot on my blog. I struggle with accepting my body on a daily basis. Everyday is a new challenge on learning to love my body the way it is. It was suggested to me at some point that I start a movement. This is when the ‘Love Your Body’ posts began!
These post have helped me more then I can put into words. Each post is from a guest writer, they tell their story and how they have come to love their own body.
I’ve realized through hearing from so many different women of different shapes and sizes that its not really about our size. You can hate your body at a size 0 or you can hate it at a size 14. In the end it’s the same, you still hate your body.
We live in a culture that is obsessed with size. We think the smaller our size, the healthier we are. Somehow weight loss became partners with health. This couldn’t be any further from the truth. What should matter is that we are eating a balanced diet and our body is in good health.
At my smaller sizes I was nothing but unhealthy. I was exhausted, cold, and my body stopped working properly. I couldn’t think straight and I felt nothing but hatred towards my body. I originally started recovery for my eating disorder to gain weight and health. At some point though, I decided I had enough of hating my body.
Learning to love your body is something that happens within. It doesn’t happen when you can fit into a smaller pant size or when you finally tone up your stomach. It happens when you decide your worth it and your beautiful just the way you are.
Loving your body happens when your sick of everyone telling you how you should look and you realize that we are all different, that’s what makes us beautiful.
Do you know how many women in their 40’s have told me they wish they recognized how great of a body they had when they were younger? Numerous women have told me they spent 20+ years wishing their body was different only to look back half a decade later and realize how beautiful they truly were. They wished they could have seen it they and didn’t spend so much time criticizing it because now its gone for them.
I encourage you to not be one of those people. Don’t waste your life hating your body. Don’t be one of those people who look back years from now and wish they would have appreciated their body more. Decide to make the change now to love the way your look and love your body for everything it enables you to do.
Imagine how much happier your life could be.
Question: What helps you keep positive body image? What is something you could work on to improve your body image?