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(Psssst! If you’re “late” to the challenge and just getting started, that’s OK too! Just go at your own pace!  Start with this blog post and scroll to the bottom, and make sure you have what you need to complete the challenge and fill out the 10 questions you need to fill out before you get started.  Then you can take it day by day at your own pace!)

Recap

Yesterday was Day 11 of the Love Your Body Challenge, and the reason to love your body was,

“Because it deserves love.”

I talked about my friend’s 14 month old baby girl and my little niece, both of whom are sweet, precious little girls, and both of whom deserve all of the love and compassion in the world.

I posed the question:

“Can you imagine looking into the eyes of a precious little girl and telling her that she’s not good enough? Or that she’s not pretty enough?  Or that she’s fat?

I would hope not.

So at what point does it become OK to say these things to ourselves? At what age do we stop telling girls that they are wonderful and pretty and perfect and smart and that they can do anything they set their minds to?”

Your reaction’s were very genuine.  One reaction that really stood out to me was this:

“Sadly, I’ve degraded myself so much in front of my children that I frequently hear out of my 10 yr old that she is fat. I tell her over and over how perfect she is but because I’ve picked myself apart she has learned to do the same.

I’ve been trying to change my language from, “I’m so fat and out of shape,” to, “I’m working to be a better me so that can stick around to see my great great grandchildren.”  

It’s tough when you’ve spent the majority of your life being told by others and yourself that you aren’t good enough. I am trying though for the sake of my daughters, though.”

That’s real stuff right there.  That was very brave of Trish to write, and I have a feeling that she will continue to make positive changes and her daughters will benefit from them.

Here we are!  Day 12!

Reason #12 To Love Your Body

12. Because your relationship is reciprocal.

One of the most powerful things about our body and our relationship with our body, is that it’s a reciprocal relationship, meaning that you get out of it, what you put into it.  Not all relationships are like that.  We’ve all had bosses we worked our tails off for, for no recognition and no reward.  We’ve all been in relationships, either friendly or romantic, where we gave and gave and gave, and the other person never reciprocated.

The great thing about our bodies, is that for the most part — they are reciprocal.  They will give us back what we give them.

Treat your body well with nutrition food, movement, sleep, and happy thoughts?  You’ll feel great.

Poison your body with low-quality food, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, and negativity?  You’ll feel like garbage.

As the saying goes: “Garbage in, garbage out.”

And this doesn’t just apply to your nutrition and your training.  This applies to your thoughts and feeling as well.  If you treat yourself well with love, kindness, and compassion for you body, it will reward you by feeling energetic, positive, and happy.  You’ll be absolutely radiant from the inside out.

Mantra:  “My relationship with my body is reciprocal, so I will nourish it with love, compassion, and positive thoughts.”

Repeat this (to yourself or out loud) 10 times right now,  10 times during your action step, and 10 times before bed.

Action step:  Take 5 minutes to write down the ways that you’ve consciously noticed a reciprocal relationship with your body. Whether it’s giving a genuine compliment and instantly feeling better about yourself, pulling a certain food out of your diet and having more energy, getting in a good workout and getting an endorphin rush — write down all of the times you’ve noticed a direct input —> output relationship.  Then highlight the positive inputs that led to positive outputs, and make a conscious effort to avoid the negative inputs that led to negative outputs.

That’s all for today.  Have a great weekend and I’ll see you tomorrow!

FIND DAY 11 HERE

FIND DAY 13 HERE

4 Responses to Love Your Body Challenge – Day 12

  1. Brier Frasier says:

    #LoveYourBodyChallenge Day 12: “My relationship with my body is reciprocal, so I will nourish it with love, compassion, and positive thoughts.” When I take care of my body, it takes care of me. When I eat whole, healthy food, drink plenty of water, get plenty of rest and activity, my mood is good, energized, hopeful. When I take care of myself with a massage by Paulina Makowska, my body responds with strength and alignment. When I work my muscles in MRT at Force Fitness, my body responds with a feeling of power and accomplishment. When I practice movement at FreeFit Guy Academy, my body responds with new mobility, awareness, and fun!

  2. Heather@YSP says:

    I’ve spent a lot of time cataloging the negative parts of the reciprocal quality of my relationship with my body. I know bad good makes my stomach hurt and makes me tired. I know how sugar effects my mood. I also know how yoga lights me up, how long walks revive me. When I stop to think about it I remember the exhilaration of a great strength workout and the peace of a wonderful meal. It’s time to start focusing more on those positives.

  3. die Frau says:

    My husband is very tall and carried a lot of weight for a long time. It came from a combination of poor eating, not enough exercise, and self-loathing. He found a program that worked for him and lost almost 100lbs through, basically, clean eating. I did it with him and lost the remainder of my baby weight and then some. Through my choices of food and exercise, I discovered truly, for myself, that what I put into my body truly does affect the way it functions, including my mood and energy level. I do stray every so often (I can’t resist Cadbury eggs at this time of year), but my body immediately responds, and I feel sick or bloated or sluggish. And I realized how what I put into my body affects what I get out of it.

    Now I’ve started an exercise program with a trainer friend (www.followingfit.com — I want to give her proper credit) and in seven weeks, I’m stronger than I’ve ever been. And I love it. I love the way my body feels, and I have done that for myself.

  4. Giselle says:

    Mantra: “My relationship with my body is reciprocal, so I will nourish it with love, compassion, and positive thoughts.”

    So good reason to love my body!
    I’m slowly learning how to notice good/bad changes when it comes to foods, mind-set things.
    Lately I’ve been noticing that my body craves high quality food & movement daily.
    Sometimes I wake up with no energy to do anything, but I know that as soon as I start getting my workout in, I just feel better, same is with foods. I used to have for breakfast something extremely sweet or something not so good, but then I changed it to some fruit or oats or a green smoothie & I just felt better, so much that I haven’t gotten sick in months!
    I know there are bad things that I receive for neglecting my health or just ignoring what helps me feel well, but I won’t do it anymore, unless I am willing to get the outcome as it is.
    I love my body for working so good no matter the situation!

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