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I have yet to meet someone 100% head over heels in love with their body. I have yet to meet someone simply okay with their body. We are never, ever good enough. Ever. We are constantly beat over the head with “ideals” to the point that even seemingly confident people cant help but have doubts about themselves. We are number obsessed. Pant sizes, weight totals, measurements, calories, fat percentage, grams of carbs, food points, weight lifted, number of reps, mph, number of laps, how many steps taken, how many miles you ran….tally it all up and then compare to your neighbor’s numbers. For what?
It’s a case of keeping up with the Jones’ ….except the Jones’ are paid models with a team of people dedicated to making them appear “flawlessly beautiful”. We are comparing ourselves to….computer images. And you’re probably rolling your eyes saying “Duh Meaghan, we all know magazines use photoshop.” BUT even with that knowledge, we are still comparing ourselves. Am I right? We forget that the models clothes are clipped to fit perfectly, she’s standing under blazing hot lights to blur imperfections, she has a hair and makeup team on stand by to team the unruliest stray hair not to mention she’s probably 15 years old. Instead of acknowledging reality we worry that we don’t fit into a preconceived pant sizing, our bellies aren’t perfectly flat, our arms wobble, our thighs jiggle and and and…. it’s okay.
Are you listening?
It’s okay to have cellulite, stretch marks and wrinkles.
It’s okay to have tan lines, a rounded belly and thighs that jiggle.
It’s okay to have freckles, spider veins and a big butt.
It’s okay to be pale skinned, hairy armed with crooked teeth.
It’s okay that you’re not toned, muscular or defined.
It’s okay if you never have any of the “ideal” body features defined by the media.
That you are happy.
That you can sit down to a meal stress free of the “repercussions”.
That you can happily devour a delicious bowl of veggies and indulge in a piece of decadent cake.
That you can strip down to nothing and allow your partner to love every last inch of you just as you are.
That you can strip down to nothing and allow yourself to love every last inch of you just as you are.
That you can confidently strut your stuff….or sashay, skip or saunter.
That you don’t bash others for how their bodies look.
That you don’t bash yourself for how your body looks.
That you don’t compare your body to anyone else’s.
That you are kind and compassionate.
That you live your life with vigor and chase your dreams.
That you laugh often.
That you cry when your hurt.
That you scream when you’re mad.
That you apologize to those you hurt and thank those who uplift you.
That you practice forgiveness and gratitude.
That you always do the best you can.
And most importantly, that you realize that you are magnificently, imperfectly human and that’s what makes you beautiful.