Smiling because I'm feeling great!

 

(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

Hi everyone!  Welcome to Day 26 of the Love Your Body Challenge.  Can you believe we only have a couple of days left after this?

Crazy, right?

As you know, yesterday was Day 25, and it was awesome.  The reason to love your body was:

“Because it’s a composite of your parents.” (Or it’s part of your children, or siblings, or other amazing family members).

This one seemed to sneak up on people kiss them right on the mouth! :)

In other words, out of nowhere, many women started recognizing how much they liked this reason.  Here’s what a couple of them had to say:

“Good timing on this one. I turn 50 today. My parents are gone and I miss them everyday. I hope they’re proud of who I am, and what I’m currently doing to lose fat, gain health. From them, I’ve learned humor, compassion, stubbornness (a good thing), loyalty, hard work and love.” – Karen

“I love this. I have my fathers sense of responsibility and his hair, my mothers light hearted joy for life and her freckles. My daughter has the perfect combination of my eyes and her fathers, looks like me as a child, and is inheritingy love of learning. My body itself inherited my beloved curves, my wild hair, and my changeable eye color.” – Heather

Hopefully this encouraged everyone to spend a little time thinking about positive memories with their loved ones yesterday.

Now Day 26!

Reason #26 To Love Your Body

26. Because it’s healthy.

This one is a little hard for me to swallow, considering that 5 years ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (autoimmune hypothyroidism), PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), and Adrenal Dysfunction.

For a while, I thought of myself as someone who wasn’t well.  I realized that the more I thought of myself as someone who wasn’t “well,” the worse I felt.  The more I worried about feeling sick, the more I felt sick.

These days, I try to focus a ton on what I can control, and how good I feel.  Yes, I have some medical issues that I’m dealing with, but overall I feel good, I look good, I have energy, and I feel healthy, and I remind myself of that daily.

 

Smiling because I'm feeling great!

Smiling because I’m feeling great!

Annnnnd at my last Doctor’s visit, my antibody levels were down, and all of my other bloodwork looked pretty good, too! Coincidence?  I think not.

The majority of us, even those of us who do have medical issues that we are dealing with, we are overall healthy people with healthy bodies, and the more we remind ourselves of that, the better we will feel, and the more our bodies will heal.

Mantra:  ”I am healthy, and my body is healthy, and for that, I am grateful.”

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 right down all of the signs that your body is super healthy.  This could be anything from your latest deadlift personal record, to your shiny hair and glowy skin, to your strong nails, or your boundless energy.  Focus on these traits that demonstrate good health and feel grateful for them.

That’s it for now y’all!  See you tomorrow!

FIND DAY 25 HERE

FIND DAY 27 HERE

4 Responses to Love Your Body Challenge – Day 26

  1. another great one Molly! So many of the reasons you give us are already reasons that I tell myself over and over, yet have never thought of them to be “reasons to love my body” I am just so grateful for you for pointing that out <3

    I constantly remind myself "love yourself because you're healthy" if i am having an overly critical day.

    Reasons I am healthy are:
    - i am of a healthy weight – finally
    - i have consistent energy levels
    - i can lift a lot of weight
    - my face is full and glowing
    - my hair is healthy, soft, and shiny
    - my nails are strong
    - my skin is clear
    - my abs are not noticeable (this is a big one for me. when i wasn't healthy, they were showing, so i always tell myself that i am healthy now because they aren't showing!)

  2. Emily says:

    Hi Molly,

    Although I’m often grateful for my excellent health, I don’t normally associate my health with a reason to love my body, until now – so thank you for the new perspective!

    The thing I’m loving most about this challenge is that I’m becoming more aware of all the little ways to appreciate myself. I think it’s very easy to appreciate your health when something major happens like having the flu, receiving a major health diagnosis, or seeing the health effects of people without access to quality healthcare – you know, the “big picture” type events that put your health into perspective.

    But this post made me really grateful for my health on a daily basis.

    My body’s ability to digest, absorb, and eliminate food regularly, which keeps me functioning at a high level.

    My clear skin and eyes, strong, white teeth, and firm handshake – all signs of my good health which contribute to my confidence carrying myself and meeting new people.

    My ability to push through a tough workout (yay strength training!).

    Even my body’s signals that I’ve overindulged in something (food, physical activity, alcohol). Although I don’t love being bloated or tired, I am grateful that my body is healthy enough to be able to distinguish my regular state from a less healthy state and remind me when I’ve had too much.

    I really appreciate my health and I’m even more grateful that you’ve opened my eyes to all of the parts that make up me. My health is just one part of who I am, but it’s an important part of me and certainly a part that deserves respect and love.

    Thanks, Molly!

  3. Trina says:

    Amazing timing! I do have many health concerns I am dealing with on a regular basis. My medications aren’t regulating the way I want them too. Which means lately, I’ve had several days I couldn’t be active. But today, I woke up without much pain. I was able to move around and get things done. I’m going to work awake and happy to celebrate my health.

  4. Giselle says:

    I can really identify with this reason. Sometimes I’m under the weather & suddenly it hits me: I AM HEALTHY!

    My body allows me so much, no matter what I’m going through, I’ve got a reason to feel like I can go on & do it indeed.
    Haven’t gotten sick in more than a year! & I can’t stop saying it to every person that may ask, because I feel so proud of my body, because I feel great knowing that this has taken me a lot of hard work, letdowns & struggles, yet has taken me a lot of learning & experiences that have been worthwhile.
    I’m not just healthy & my body is strong on the inside, but it is also on the outside. I’ve become stronger & my endurance is way better than many years ago.
    I’m more tolerant, strong, recover faster, learn things faster, more independent, more brave & more bold, take much more risks that keep me in the path I want; I’m better at talking with people & socializing (which is very hard for me); I’ve even gotten better at letting go & being resilient.
    It does not mean that I’m a super person, but I know I’m way more closer to the things I want & the people I want, it is not easy, but it is worth it.

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