A love letter to my body :)

Thursday, April 07, 2011

God has blessed me in so many ways that sometimes I don’t even know what to say or how to thank him. He has given me a family that loves and supports me but even more he has given me a best friend to go through this hard journey with. She is everything that I could have ever asked for in a best friend. She is my cheerleader and my drill sergeant. She is there for me whenever I need her. She encourages me and motivates me beyond belief. I love her to death and would do absolutely anything for her! Two qualities of hers that I utterly adore are her attitude and constant optimism! She always has a smile on her face that can just light up a whole room. She is one of those people whose attitude is…infectious….for lack of a better word. She brings out the best in people and I don’t even think she knows it. I would kill to have her attitude, her confidence and her never ending optimism! It amazes me when we talk on the phone (we live 1000 miles apart) and she tells me about how she worked her ass off at the gym and ate so healthy the whole week and didn’t see the number that she wanted on the scale. She is still so proud of the work that she has done even if the scale doesn’t always show it. When we talk and I tell her that I’m frustrated because I haven’t lost a single pound in weeks she still tells me how proud of me she is. She lets me know that it’s okay because as long as I am giving it all I’ve got that’s all that matters, that the weight will come off in time and that all I need to do is keep pushing because I am way to good to give up. I love her so much and this blog entry is for her! You know who you are!

I have a subscription to FITNESS magazine and I absolutely love when I check my mail and there it is just waiting for me to read it. It just makes me whole day, sometimes even week. Several months ago (I’m not exactly sure which issue it was in) numerous women were asked to write comments about their body parts that they love that others might see as flaws. Some wrote about loving their “post baby body”, their “curves”, their “smile”, their “legs and butt”, and even their “hour glass figure”. I was inspired. I am so use to waking up every day and looking in the mirror only to critique my body. Tell myself that I have such frizzy hair, thunder thighs, big calves, flabby triceps and so on and so on. This behavior isn’t healthy and I want it to change. Like my best friend who loves her body no matter what other people think and like the women who wrote to fitness magazine about their favorite body part I want to write a love letter to my body. So here goes I guess:

Dear Body,
I’m sorry that I haven’t been nice or respectful to you lately…or ever for that matter. I put you through hell and back most days and you just take it. I’m sorry. I want you to know that I am working everyday to love and appreciate all you do for me. You are healthy and capable of doing so much! You aren’t perfect but I’m learning to accept that. You have flaws and imperfections but that’s what makes you you and you a beautiful individual. I love your smile, your oval face, your ears, your muscular calves (even though you can be a real big pain when shopping for cute boots…lol…), your biceps, and your beautiful, strong back. You are a temple of God and it’s about dang time that I start treating you like it by respecting you, feeding you with healthy food, keeping you well maintained, and not letting the rude comments that other people make about you get inside your head. You are mine and I will try my hardest to treat you with only the utmost respect.
Love always and forever
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    This is a wonderful blog! We should all remember that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" that the Lord entrusted this body to us and we should love it and treat it well. Good luck on your journey. It's really great to have an amazing friend supporting you, and reminding you that you are worth it, no matter how far away she might be.
    3729 days ago
    Very well said! Thank you for sharing!
    3729 days ago
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