How to “Get Over It”
This is MY body. It is beautiful regardless of it’s size. I needed to accept that. I needed to love me just the way I was and AM!
It didn’t happen over night but I started to steer myself down a path of body acceptance. I’d still consider myself a work in progress but I’ve come a long way. Here are a few of the strategies I used and USE to remind myself that I’m fine just the way I am.
Wear clothes that fit.
STOP HIDING! Embrace who you are. This one was huge for me. I used to wear baggy clothes that were 2 sizes too big, hiding myself. Problem is I kept growing into them. Once I took the time to find clothes that not only fit but flattered my unique figure, I not only looked better I felt better! It gave me a confidence I didn’t have before.
Make a “Things I Love” list.
Sometimes we spend so much energy focusing on the things we don’t like about ourselves we forget all the wonderful things we are! Make a list! Really think about all the things you like about you. I’m not talking only physical appearance stuff, WE ARE SO MUCH MORE THEN THAT! Are you funny? Outgoing? a great singer? Recognizing all the wonderful things about YOU, the whole you, is an eye opening experience.
Go out of your comfort zone.
It’s easy to put on the same baggie clothes everyday or say you “just don’t like to swim.” I spent too many years of my life NOT having fun because I was afraid of how I looked. Once I started taking chances and putting myself into situations I thought were uncomfortable (like wearing a bathing suit on the beach) my body, or rather what I thought about my body, didn’t matter. I was having too much fun DOING things to really care. Taking chances and putting yourself in situations, although uncomfortable at first, is a great step towards realizing you are more then your body.
Do something active everyday.
Regardless of if you are trying to lose weight or not, simply moving more can help you become friends with a body you may take for granted. Go for a walk, take a hike, play a game of tennis, go bowling! When was the last time you roller skated?!? Do whatever it is that you can do with that wonderful body of yours. Your body is capable of so many wonder things, enjoy it! Enjoy what it can do and stop focussing on how it looks.
STOP comparing yourself to others.
This is the MOST IMPORTANT tip EVER! You aren’t Suzy Ms. SkinnyPants in the latest fashion mag. You aren’t Molly McWhatever on TV. YOU ARE YOU! Be thankful for who YOU are. There is only one of you in this world and she deserves to be loved.