(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!  Holy moly, it’s Day 27 of the Love Your Body Challenge, and we only have one day left after today!  That makes me sad! (OK, and only slightly elated because I’ll get to hear about all of your all’s progress, annnnnd I’ll get my life back a little bit! Writing every day is hard!)

The best part about today and tomorrow is that they are two of my absolute favorite reasons, which is why I wanted to save them for last.  So exciting!

OK, so yesterday was Day 26 and the reason to love your body was:

“Because it’s healthy.”

This one was actually a little hard for me because off-and-on for the last several years I’ve thought of myself as a “sick” person or a “delicate” person.  In 2009 I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s (autoimmune hypothyroidism), PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), and Adrenal Dysfunction.  Basically a trifecta of issues that make you feel like garbage.

Luckily, I’ve been able to change my mindset and start giving my body more love and feeling more thankful for the wonderful parts of my body and things in my life, and whaddya know?  My most recent tests and bloodwork have come back better than ever.  I can’t think that this is a coincidence.

I love what Giselle had to share about yesterday’s reason:

“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.”

So many fantastic interpretations of being healthy!

Now here’s to Day 27!

Reason #27 To Love Your Body

27. Because it allows you to love and be loved.

This is seriously one of my absolute favorite reasons.  My boyfriend and I were discussing it last night and we kept thinking of all of the ways our bodies allow us to express and received love.

A kiss on the forehead from our Grandpa.

Rocking a child to sleep in our arms.

Holding our Dad’s big, strong hand.

Sitting in our Mom’s lap crying while she strokes our hair.

A hug from a long-lost friend.

A passionate kiss from our significant other.

Nursing a newborn baby.

High fiving our cousin who just scored their dream job.

Smiling at a stranger who’s having a bad day.

Sometimes you just get wrapped up in the moment and need to express your love.

Sometimes you just get wrapped up in the moment and need to express your love.


There are so many ways that our bodies allow us to give and receive love, these are just a few examples.

 “I love my body because it allows me to express and receive love freely.”

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 4 minutes to right down all of the ways that your body allows you to give love, and all of the ways that your body allows you to receive love, and spend the last minute allowing yourself to be filled with immense gratitude about it.

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


5 Responses to Love Your Body Challenge – Day 27

  1. Heather Hurd says:

    Oh, to give and receive love. This is easily my favorite aspect of appreciating my body. I love my husband. I love my daughter. They love me right back. I am able to give and receive affection. I share hugs, kisses, and hand holding. I offer smiles to strangers, support to coworkers, and love to friends. I hold my sweet daughter as she falls asleep. Sitting with this, remembering my body’s incredible capacity for joy and touch, makes me love my body so much more.

  2. Nancy Pinto says:

    Loved this one!
    Here’s my list:
    -Dancing with my Dad
    -Hugging my mom
    -My brother bear hugging me
    -Planting a giant kiss on my sister’s face when she least expects it
    -Still always holding hands with my husband of 10 years (14 together)
    -Carrying and running around with young nieces and nephews
    -Playing with my sister’s bunny rabbit and my friend’s adorable pit bull (and sometimes strangers’ dogs!)
    -Fist bumps and high fives with friends/sweatmates at the gym
    -Sign of Peace at Mass

  3. Joyce says:

    Okay now, that kissy smoochy picture is giving me a cuteness attack. Really, I just said “awwwwwwww” aloud.

  4. Giselle says:

    One day left! I can’t believe it!

    ”I love my body because it allows me to express and receive love freely.”

    Sometimes it takes a double look to realize that love is everywhere, but we narrow it to love someone & see if that person loves us back.
    After reading this post I realized the several ways I receive love, especially from comments, a compliment about something physical or something that I said or did.
    I, now, can see that I can give love through so many ways like smiling more, especially to those strangers on the street that seem to be having such a nightmare-day. Once I smiled to a girl on the subway because she looked so sad, then, several stations later when we went out of the train she turn to me and smiled. I can tell that simple act left me happy all day long & neither of us needed words.
    I’ll put myself a challenge to smile & help as much as possible to brighten somebody else’s day (you never know who needs it the most).

    Great reason!

  5. die Frau says:

    I started crying almost immediately upon reading this one because I thought of all the love I have in my life…and then that very fact overwhelmed me. I get and give so many different varieties of smiles ( stranger smiles, smiles of elation, shared laughter, secrets, sheer joy, sad wobbliness…), hugs (one-armed side hugs, big I-haven’t-seen-you-in-forever-and-missed-you hugs, feel better hugs, I’m sorry hugs, bravery hugs, fear hugs, gentle hugs, hugs over the phone, early morning hugs, nighttime bed hugs…), kisses (hellos, goodbyes, good morning, good night, I love you, I’m sorry, I missed you…), things I make with my hands (cards, bread, hats, dinner…) snugs, touches, hand-holds, words — so many words….

    There’s so much love my body can give and receive and so many ways to do it that I feel so damned grateful. Thank you for saving this one.

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