(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!)
Hi everyone! Thanks so much for joining me on Day 25 of the Love Your Body Challenge. As you know, yesterday was Day 24, and it was awesome. The reason to love your body was:
“Because it’s resilient.”
I shared my own story of heartache and loss and talked about how 2012 was a very difficult year in my life. Fast forward almost 18 months, and I am the happiest I have ever been in my whole life. I was hit and knocked down time after time, and time after time I stood back up and dusted myself off. The funny thing was, I had never considered myself to be very resilient until a family member pointed it out to me.
He said I was one of the most resilient people he had ever seen, and he was very impressed.
It was in that moment that I allowed myself to recognize how well I had bounced back from all of the heartache and turmoil of the past year and feel proud.
It seemed like yesterday was that day for a lot of you. In reading your comments, it seems that many of you had never considered your own resilience until I told you that you were resilient. The revelations were beautiful. Here are a couple:
“Thanks for reminding me of my resilience! I often make light of the challenges in my life. Telling myself they are not that big a deal, there are so many worse off than me.
I suddenly and unexplainably lost my husband when I was 33 yrs old. If it wasn’t resilience getting through that I don’t know what is.
I think that this is the first time in the seven years since that I have told myself that.
I am now happily married to the second love of my life, own a business that I love and happier than I have ever been. As I marvel at all the amazing women I have been exposed to in this challenge, I am also taking time today to pat myself on the back for the strength I have shown in my own journey and for the endurance I know I have for the journey yet to come!” – Julie
“Thank you so much for this post. I have never really thought about my body’s resilience before. I guess I have always thought of those that overcome injuries or illness and come back stronger than ever. I had never applied that to my own self & story.
I have been pregnant 8 times. I lost 4 of those babies. I also naturally birthed 4 babies. I remember after the last loss being really angry & upset that my body just didn’t work the way I wanted it to. At that time we decided that another loss we could not risk and that we were “done”.
Fast forward a few years and surprise! My 43 year old beautifully resilient body grew and birthed our 4th baby girl.
Thank you for teaching me to “forgive” my body for the times it doesn’t perform as I wish & to be thankful and appreciate its resilience!” – Kimberly
Reason #25 To Love Your Body
25. Because it’s a composite of your parents. (Or it’s part of your children, or siblings, or other amazing family members).
I thought of this reason early on in the challenge when I started reading all of your beautiful stories about how close you were to your parents, or how lucky you all considered yourselves to have such amazing children.
I started thinking…we each have so many amazing and beautiful and talented people in our lives, and we can so easily see and appreciate their most wonderful traits, and they share our DNA! Have you ever considered that maybe, just maybe, you’re amazing and beautiful and talented, too?
It’s so easy to see where other excel, and it can be very difficult to acknowledge our own positive qualities. Today’s mantra and action step will hopefully help you find and appreciate all of the amazing-ness you have to offer.
Mantra: “I am surrounded by amazing people, and they enrich my life so much. I am amazing too, and I enrich their lives as well.”
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 3 minutes to write down a few of your favorite traits of your loved ones. Whether it’s their sense of humor, their intelligence, their kindness, or their easygoing personality, write them down. Then take the next two minutes to look over these traits, and recognize which ones you have as well, and allow yourself to feel proud of all of your positive qualities.
That’s it for now! See you tomorrow!