Today is the day I get to the gym and usually stretch outside the aerobics room for about 15 minutes before class starts. Now-a-days, that kind of alone time is rare. This morning, I decided to drop P off 15 minutes earlier and go into the fitness center for a little bit before my aerobics class. As I walked up to the aerobics room, I heard the instructor finishing her cool down by asking her students to repeat the following, “I love myself”, “I love my body”.
Normally I would be sitting on the floor with my head phones on and would have missed this chant. I can’t help but think I was meant to hear it. I love myself, I love my body… I love my body… I love my body… Do I though?
At least once a day I find myself looking in the mirror and not only thinking, but saying out loud, I hate my body. The truth is, my body hasn’t done anything wrong. In fact, I should be saying, I love my body. My body sacrifices for me every day. My body created the most beautiful little boy in the whole world. My body held strong through 11 hours of labor and then stayed strong while the Dr.performed a c-section. My body worked hard and healed quicker than the Dr expected so that I could bond with my son. My body keeps up with the abuse I give it hardly ever complaining.
It’s time I start focusing the blame where it belongs, on me. So body, will you give me a second chance? I can’t promise perfection only that I will try harder and think before I do or say something that might be hurtful to you. I will try to not stare at you in the mirror and look in disgust and say I hate you. The truth is, I love you body. I am so grateful for everything you have done for me and it’s time I start acting like it.
To help me stay accountable and help achieve my goals, I have decided to put together a new link up challenge called, I LOVE MY BODY. The idea is that you can’t expect your body to change, if you don’t first love yourself and treat your body right.
Here are the lovely challenge details.
I thought about different ways to run this and although it is a little more work, I feel like there needs to be two separate parts to this challenge One day for the topic and challenge announcement and a separate day for reflection. To me, it’s important to take one week at a time and I need to give proper thought and reflection to one week before I start another.
Each Sunday, I will post about the weeks topic and challenge. The theme will always have something to do with weight loss, eating healthy or treating your body right.
There are two ways you can except the challenge:
1. Comment on the challenge post letting me know you are accepting the challenge. Writing it down makes it official. This is a great option for those of you who don’t have a blog.
2. Write a quick post and add the I LOVE MY BODY button. Your readers will see you have accepted the challenge and are going to want to hear how you did!
On Saturday, we will reflect on how we did that week. What was easy and what was hard. Did you succeed? If not, what held you back. I will host a link up party where you can link up your own reflections and visit your neighbors posts to offer congratulations, words of encouragement and continued support.
There are two ways to reflect on the week:
1. Journal about it throughout the week and write how you did in a comment on my reflection post. This will allow other reads to offer congratulations, words of encouragement and continued support.
2. Write a reflection post on how the week was for you, share the I Love My Body button and link up to the party.
So, what do you say? Are you willing to accept this challenge? Are you ready to focus on yourself, even when life gets in the way? Then share this challenge on your blog, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media avenues you have. We ALL deserve to be happy and healthy and together WE can help each other take the steps to change!
If you are, then let’s get started RIGHT NOW!!!
We all need to start fresh sometimes with a new focus. This week’s theme is the very purpose of this link up, loving your body. You need to love and respect your body for any kind of change to happen.
So, the challenge this week is to look in the mirror each day and say, “I love my body, I respect my body”. Even though it maybe hard, take a picture of yourself. If you are really brave, plan to share it in your reflection. Take some time to also write down what your body has done for you. Have you even run a race, participated in a sport, had a job where you were constantly on your feet?
On Saturday I will share what my week was link and host the link up party where you can share your post and stop in to see how others did!