9 Body-Positive Quotes to Boost Your Self-Esteem

By , SparkPeople Blogger
No matter how much time you put in at the gym or how thoughtfully you nourish your body, everyone suffers from body-image issues from time to time. When you need a little boost of self-esteem (and who doesn't), here are 9 of our favorite quotes and mantras. (Each quote is a separate image so, if you find one you really like, you can right click it to open in a new window and print it out.) Be sure to "Pin" this page to revisit when you need to be reminded that you're good enough as you are (right now) no matter what!

"When life throws you curves, embrace them!" Whether you're curvy or thin or somewhere in between, embrace the body you have right now. Chicken legs or thunder thighs, your legs and feet take you where you want to go. Skinny arms or bat wings, your arms let you hug your kids. Love your body, it's your home!

"Happiness isn't size specific." Many people discover that after losing weight they're about as happy as they ever were. Happiness is a choice not a condition of achieving a "perfect" body. Choose to be happy right now!

"There is no wrong way to have a body." We're all human. We all have flaws. Your body is yours and you should love it for all the things it can do.

"You are so much more than the number you see on the scale." The scale can't tell you how you good you feel. The scale can't tell you how much you're loved. The scale can't tell you how much you should love yourself. It can't even tell you how strong you are. All it does is measure the effect of gravity on your body. That's it!

"Exercise because you love your body, not because you hate it." Exercise should never be a punishment for something you eat. It should make you feel good and strong and energized. Move out of love for yourself and your body rather than focusing on how many calories you're burning.

"Don't say anything about yourself that you wouldn't say about your best friend." Would you tell your best friend that she was lazy, worthless and fat. Would you say that you hate her and wish she would just change. No, of course, not! So stop saying those hateful things to yourself!

"If someone has a problem with your body, it's their problem--not yours!" Your body is your business. If someone says something rude to you about your body it's because of their own self-esteem issues. You're under no obligation to agree with them!

"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line." To be kind to others and love them you must first be kind to yourself. Start by loving yourself and then allow yourself to see the entire world with love rather than judgement. Can you imagine how good that would feel?

"To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven." You live with yourself day in and day out for your entire life. Can you make being in your own skin a joy rather than a misery? You can if you focus on living in the moment and enjoying all the good things your body has to offer, rather than worrying about its imperfections.

What's your favorite quote or saying that helps you to appreciate the body you have?

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WILDKAT781 7/29/2020
great quotes! Report
ONLYME33 7/29/2020
It's All Good Report
NANANANA 7/29/2020
I shared with my husband Report
JAMER123 7/28/2020
Lots of great quotes. Thank you for sharing. Report
SHOAPIE 7/28/2020
Good ideas Report
MCJULIEO 7/28/2020
“Not just Somehow, but Victoriously!” Report
Thank you! Report
LANCE500 7/28/2020
I am sorry but they were all excuses people used, not motivation for more exercises to improve body and health. Report
HOLLYM48 7/28/2020
Great article! Report
CHACHA0711 7/28/2020
Inspiring Report
JIACOLO 7/28/2020
These are some reminders! Report
PATBPRICE 7/28/2020
I love the first quote:!”if life throws you a curve, embrace it.” People have actually complimented me on my curves. Why can’t I see myself through their eyes? Report
JILLIAN0216 7/28/2020
Needed these today. Thank you. Report
THECOZE 7/28/2020
Saving these so that I can refer to them later! Report
MAREE1953 7/28/2020
Sweet Report
PATRICIAANN46 3/25/2020
Thank You...…………. Report
RAPUNZEL53 1/10/2020
Thanks Report
KOALA_BEAR 12/29/2019
I think of myself like a Nascar track (all of which are different sizes, shapes, incline banks, etc); "my body keeps running with all those curves!" Report
XREPHA 9/29/2019
I love the one about not saying something about yourself you wouldn't say to your best friend. Good advice. Report
I love everyone of these!!! Report
Wow, just in time for me, thank you! Report
So very glad I came across this list of motivation quotes. All of them I found out I needed to have read. Thank you for this! I copy it to put where I see upon getting up each day. Report
WOW! All those quotes cover a lot of territory! Thanks! Report
All very positive and all very true. Report
"Be yourself--everyone else is taken." _Oscar Wilde Report
Thank you! Report
I really needed to read these today. Thank you for this blog. I have shared it to FB in hopes that others will get as much good out of it as I did. Report
Easy to say but difficult to do Report
Good list Report
Lucille Ball - a great philosopher. ?? Thank you! Report
Don't say anything about yourself that you wouldn't say about your best friend."

I like this one the best, except I substitute "my child" for "my best friend"

"Love your body, it's your home!"

I like this one too, although it is a comment below the first quote and didn't get it's own headline Report
Thank you for the quotes. Report
Thanks for sharing these inspiring quotes. One of them I have said many times to others but it was when I read it today that I realize that i need to take the advice I have said to others and apply it to myself. Report
This article is just great! It gave me inspiration. Report
My mom always says the weight has found such a good home it doesn't want to leave. 😁 Report
Take pride in your work Report
These are good and reading them first thing in the morning is a great wake-up. Report
Inspirational quotes Report
Thank you very much for these helpful quotes Report
Good sayings, positive without being condescending. Report
These are awesome quotes!!! Report
Great! Thanks. Report
These are great! There is one for every occasion Report
These are *GR8!* Thanks! Report
Thank you for these quotes. I had an elderly friend many years ago who was a bit overweight but she said with a great big grin on her face "I'm not fat, I'm fluffy". That made me laugh and when I gain a little weight, I tell myself that until I'm back where I belong. Report
Thanks for sharing these. Report
I really needed to read these today ! I was feeling a little down because I have been watching my diet for so long ! I am down now 37 pounds my doctor says she's proud of me, but still have 20 to go.
My favorite quote is by Confusious . "A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step". Report
These are great!!! Love it! Report