Hello Beautiful Baby Clementines!
If you watch my Instagram stories, you know I am trying to put some awkwardly wonderful, Leslie Knope-esque compliments out into the universe everyday. So if that was an awkward greeting, I am sorry. I am working on it.
Today, we are talking BODY IMAGE & SELF LOVE
I think that this is such an important topic to talk about, and I want to share my experiences. Recently I have seen a hashtag going around, #whatiloveaboutmybody, and that is what has inspired this post. I wanted to share with all of you one thing that I love about my body, although there are many. And for me, what I love about my body has not always been something that I am comfortable with. It has been a long journey for me to get to where I am today. I want you all to know that upfront, so that I can assure you that my life has not always been rainbows, and butterflies. I never want any of you to think that I have always been the way that I am. It has taken a lot of hard work, tears, and learning for me to get to the mind set and physique that I currently have.
When I was in the fifth grade…
I was the tallest girl in all of the fifth grade classes. I was almost as tall as the tallest boy, who now is at least 6’5″ and plays basketball. I was the tallest. I matured the fastest. I was the only ten year old with boobs. I grew so quickly that I started to get stretch marks, which I can assure you I still have today. At ten years old, I was uncomfortable in my body. I didn’t look like all my other friends. I was different and that was very obvious. I was the only girl in my grade that had to wear a sports bra everyday. Not a training bra. A sports bra. And I know for a fact, the first thing that I ever hated about my body was my legs.
It breaks my heart that I know that.
But I know for a fact, the first time I ever had negative feelings about my body was in the fifth grade, and I hated my legs. For about two or three years after that, I never wore shorts. I think the first actual pair of shorts that I got was when I was in about the seventh grade. I hated the way my legs looked, so I didn’t wear shorts. Instead I wore weird sweat pant bermuda shorts that skimmed my knees. Or I would wear jeans. I didn’t want to wear shorts because I hated that when I sat down my thigh fat would spread out all over my seat. I didn’t like that my legs rubbed together when I walked. I didn’t like a lot of things. And over the years I think I kind of got over that. I somehow got to the point that I realized, that I live in Arizona and it’s too hot to be wearing pants all the time.
I am still not the biggest fan of shorts.
Until recently, I haven’t really had a pair that fits me properly. I think because I always have this idea in my head that my legs are bigger than I think they are. And that’s why I can’t go shopping alone, because I need someone there to make sure my shorts actually fit before I buy them. But I have come to realization that my legs are muscular, and I have had to learn how to dress them.
I am sure you’re reading this thinking, “wasn’t this supposed to be about body positivity?”
I am getting there I promise. I think that overtime, I have come to love a part of my body that I used to hate. I used to hate how my legs looked. And now I don’t care how they look, I am more absorbed and interested in what they are able to do. My legs still have stretch marks, fat, and cellulite, but they are strong. They are capable of so much. They allow me to lift heavy things and put them back down. They allow me to walk, “run”, jump, bike. With out these muscular powerhouses, I wouldn’t really be able to do much. And that is why I love them. I don’t care how they look, because to you they may not look amazing, heck to me they don’t look amazing. But what is amazing is the things that they are capable of helping me do.
I think as we develop as people,
It is important to look in the mirror and appreciate the things that your body is capable of, instead of fixating on parts of your body that make you feel insecure. It is important to appreciate the hard work that our bodies do to keep us alive, and help us achieve our goals. I know this may be easier said than done for some. And that is ok. But everyday, try and give yourself a non-physical compliment, or try and appreciate something about yourself that has nothing to do with the way you look.
And that is all
I did want to say one more thing though. I want you to share your body image/self love stories with me. I want to do a series on the blog, and share other people’s stories. So if you have a story to share, click this link, and fill out a form for me. You can do it anonymously, you don’t have to write a ton, you can write about whatever you want. If you have something to say, I want to hear it!!
You are all wonderful beautiful humans, and I appreciate you.
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