(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

Welcome to Day 23 of the Love Your Body Challenge!  It’s hard to believe that we have less than a week of it left, but it’s true.  I absolutely cannot wait to hear from you all at the end to hear how your scores improved!

Yesterday was Day 22 and the reason to love your body was,

“Because it’s unique.”

Lucky for me, my good friend Julia Ladewski contributed to the post with some really meaningful words.  Here is an excerpt:

“If I’m training for a meet, I compare myself to the lean figure women. If I’m dieting and prepping for a show, I compare myself to girls who are deep into powerlifting training. It’s a lose-lose situation.
 
It’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else has. And when I do that, it drags me down. It sucks me into a hole of negativity. Pretty soon, everything I think is negative in nature. 
 
My biggest imperfection is something that requires daily concentration and focus. Who am is very different from who everyone else is. What am good at is very different from everyone else.  But I am me.  

Because screw what the world thinks I’m supposed to be.”

Thanks so much to Julia for contributing!

Onto Day 23!


Reason #23 To Love Your Body

23. Because it’s SO smart.

Have you ever thought of all of the incredible things your body is doing at any given time?  Breathing, pumping blood, regulating your pH levels and blood pressure, producing hormones, digesting food, breaking down tissue, repairing tissue, partitioning nutrients, eliminating waste, signaling you to eat and drink, making you tired so that you’ll sleep…

Not to mention running, jumping, skipping, lifting, rowing, pulling, pushing, and on and on and on.

There are so many, many things that our body does every single day to keep us alive, healthy, and functioning at a high level, and we probably never stop to recognize it.

Our body is the most amazing and intelligent machine to ever exist, and we seem to take it all for granted.

On top of these physical things our body does for us, it also thinks and feels.  It solves high-level math equations and builds super-computers.  It learns new languages and it figures out how to send people to Outer Space.  It loves thoroughly and deeply.  It feels passion and excitement.  It laughs genuinely.  It gives us a feeling in our gut when something isn’t right.

There are so many amazing and smart things that our bodies do. We just have to stop and recognize them and appreciate them for how incredible they are.

Mantra:  ”My body is incredibly smart, and I love it.”

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

Action step:  Make a list of at least 10 amazingly smart things your body has done.  Spend at least 20 seconds thinking about the reality of each of them, and being grateful for them.

FIND DAY 22 HERE

7 Responses to Love Your Body Challenge – Day 23

  1. I really think this is a great reason and you’re totally right, we do forget how smart our bodies are. For an example, for so many years (while recovering from my eating disorder and a few years after that even!) I followed meal plans, ate six times a day (even when I wasn’t hungry), weighed and measured my food (even if I was hungry for more/less of the food). I was completely forgetting how smart my body was. I was ignoring my hunger cues and actually felt like my body wasn’t smart enough to tell me when to eat and what to eat. But, once I turned into myself and gave it some time, my hunger cues came back and, yes, in fact, our bodies do know what they need and when. They are amazingly smart! Thanks Molly

  2. Kristie says:

    My body is incredibly smart, and I love it! I made my list. Finding at least ten smart things my body is up to wasn’t difficult. As of late, I think the smartest thing it has done is work with my efforts to improve its composition. It has lost some fat and gained some muscle. I’m putting in the work and it is really responding and showing me how worthy it is. How very smart of us!

  3. Heather says:

    Especially now that my daughter is BIG into science, we talk alot about the way our bodies work…and it never ceases to amaze me when I just take the time to stop and think about it. When I take the time to listen, my body tells me so many amazing things that are so specifically tailored to what I need, just for me. Sugar is bad in large quantities. Ice cream is bad. Water is good. Sleep is GREAT. Down time is important, and yoga is non-negotiable. My body keeps me breathing, keeps me moving, helps me show my love, gives me a vehicle to come up with and express my big ideas, lets me absorb new information in so many ways, allows me to experience the world around me in sights and smells and feelings, lets me taste the incredible complexity of clean and healthy foods, continuously shocks me with improvements in yoga thanks to gentle patient practice, provides a perfect place for hugs and cuddles.

  4. I think taking time to really think about what my body IS doing really helps me forgive it for what its NOT doing. I often find myself lost in self-pity, wondering, and self-loathing because of the functions my body is not performing; the things other peoples’ are doing that are just “normal.” But our bodies are doing SO many things, that it easier to forgive it for its shortcomings if we just keep that in mind.

  5. Stephanie says:

    “My body is incredibly smart, and I love it.”

    Such a true statement! Currently my body is so smart it is really, really challenging me. I am leaning out for a figure competition in May and trying to train your body to get so lean is HARD. Our bodies don’t want to be that lean, they need that fat to live off of unless we teach it differently. Right now it is afraid it won’t get all the fat and nutrients it needs. It is though, I’m on a very good plan, nothing crazy like under 1000 calories and tons of cardio. Slowly decreasing the calories each week and keeping the fat intake low, still having fats but good fats that come from fish oil, nuts, coconut oil, those types of sources. My body and I are learning together on this journey and yes enjoying it :)

    I do love that my body is smart enough to let me know in certain moments when it really needs a break. I lift six days a week right now and yesterday my body told me it needed and extra day of rest. I listened and I’m glad I did. Had an awesome workout this morning after that extra day of rest!

  6. Tamara says:

    Here are my body’s ten smart things:

    1. It learned to be active. I struggled with asthma as a child and was not encouraged to exercise – on the contrary. And I was not naturally inclined to move; I was more content with my nose in a book. So I went with it! But in adulthood, I really cultivated a regular practice of moving and loving it, particularly in my 30s and 40s.

    2. It asks for what it needs (and luckily, most of the time I listen). Rest, movement, food, fluids, etc. I’ve gotten pretty good at knowing what my body needs on any given day/moment.

    3. It loves variety. In activity (KBs, walking/jogging, yoga, dancing, etc.) and in food, in particular. I was raised on a very basic midwestern diet; most of the vegetables I ate were canned corn and beans or iceberg lettuce salads with cucumbers and tomatoes. We had potatoes often, and carrots when my mom made stew. I started expanding my dietary horizons in undergraduate school and never looked back. While I still do like some of my mom’s plain ol’ recipes, and I do eat some other staples from my youth, I’m happy to love a huge swath of foods (and to dislike very few). I’ll try (almost) anything once. And cuisines like Thai, Korean, and Lebanese — which were not on my family’s radar when I was growing up — are now among my favorites.

    4. It breathes life into me all day, every day, and fairly well considering my childhood asthma, which is much better now but never completely out of the picture.

    5. It continuously pumps blood, oxygen, and nutrients to every cell and keeps me typing, thinking, lifting, eating, loving, fretting, releasing, celebrating, reading, dancing, living.

    6. It can learn new things. I’ve become a better singer without even much trying; can’t wait to see what happens when I start doing exercises and maybe taking lessons. I can learn guitar (and also forget it, when I stop practicing). Other things my body has learned (beyond the early basics like walking and talking): read, type, swing a kettlebell, practice yoga poses of varying degrees of challenge… the list goes on!

    7. It can experience the world around me. I can hear the laughter of my nieces, the wondrous sounds of music, and the familiar, comforting voice of my husband; I can see sunsets, snowfalls, trees and flowers in bloom; I can smell, taste, and touch all that life has to offer.

    8. It expresses emotions. I can cry, laugh, smile, shake my head, hug and kiss my beloveds, jump up and down, applaud, raise my arms (in celebration or frustration!), shout (see previous), sing, and leap for joy.

    9. It finds balance. Between: movement and rest: eating and not eating; nourishing and fun foods; social activities and down time; heavy lifting and gentle stretching. Sometimes things get a little out of whack in one area or another, but it always finds its way back to balance.

    10. It heals. I am amazed that, just six months out from my hysterectomy, I don’t even feel like I had surgery. After a few months of baby steps, there came a point where things just improved exponentially. What’s more, I feel like healing from that gave my immune system a huge boost, because I avoided all the mini-plagues and flu bugs and other scary stuff that was going around this winter. And I love that my body can heal itself in so many ways: from a paper cut to a muscle strain to a respiratory infection to major surgery. Thus far, its default is health and well-being, and for that I am eternally grateful.

  7. Giselle says:

    So true that we take for granted SO MANY THINGS that we should recognize & give ‘em their place.

    Well, here’s my list:

    1. It knows when it’s the right time to take action on something that needs to be done, in order for me to get where/what I want
    2. It know when to stop. If I’m abusing it in anyway it sends its signals, just for the sake of being balanced & in a good state to keep going.
    3. It moves in the right directions. I mean that when it’s time to dance, I dance; when it’s time to run, I can do it. It does not matter the activity, it is able to perform its best (& keep trying to get there).
    4. It is intuitive about any situation. When in danger it alerts me.
    5. It digests the food I eat, in order of getting the most out of it.
    6. It is sensory. When someone is behind me I can feel it, I know there is someone; when I see a picture I perceive the colours & forms so I can enjoy it.
    7. It recognizes what good or bad for me by reacting. Sometimes it feels like a reaction is unconscious, but the purpose of it is, by all meanings, to keep me safe.
    8. It allows me to enjoy. Whether if it’s food, a song, the weather or someone’s joke.
    9. It feels. When I hurt myself I can feel it, so I can get myself some help to heal; as well as I can feel someone’s hug & the warm it brings.
    10. It expresses. Help me to get my messages understandable for other people to get ‘em & communicate with me; no matter if it’s something related with words (as a letter or a book), with sounds (music), with movement (dancing), sometimes it is just even a smile or a look in the eyes.

    Love this reason, it has helped me to get in a better mood.

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