When one of your friends starts talking negatively about her body, what do you do? There’s no way you chime in with, “Yeah, you know, your thighs do look sorta big. You should probably stop eating, then binge on a whole pint of ice cream, then cry, and feel worse about yourself.” But I could put down a pretty hefty bet that some of you have said or done this to yourself!
Today we’re going to build on yesterday’s challenge where we wrote down five things we loved about our appearance. We are going to use these little nuggets as amo. It’s time to change the conversation. When you start engaging in negative self-talk, remind yourself of the parts about you you do love. You may not even fully believe in them yet. But, we’re going to fake it ’til we make it!
Talk to yourself as if you were your best friend, daughter, or mom. I want you to amp yourself up instead of break yourself down. Today, choose at least one of the five traits you wrote down yesterday and create a full statement out of it to say to yourself when you’re feeling like a hot mess. Structure the sentence, “I love my (trait about yourself) because ______.” Simple, right?
For example, I used to think my thighs were big. In fact, I was so worried about their circumference that I went years avoiding any leg exercises including squats and lunges because I was afraid this would make them bigger! Oh boy, how I was wrong. Now I train my legs two to three times and week and guess what, they’re firm, sculpted, and dun dun dun… the same size (if not smaller!)! Today I can honestly say I love my legs! They’re strong and shapely and allow me to perform as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor every day. In this case my sentence would be, “I love my thighs because they are curvy, sexy, and strong. They give me the power to teach exercise classes, motivate my clients, run, dance, and lift weights!”
My dream is to create a community here at Life in Spandex of like-minded, strong, positive women where we can all share our experiences with health, fitness, and life in general. It’s so important to have support and love around you. Please don’t be shy. Share with me and other Life in Spandex readers your ‘pump up’ sentence! Sharing what you love about yourself doesn’t make you vain, it makes you empowering! You can either leave a comment here on this blog post or share a photo or status update on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Make sure you tag @life_in_spandex on Twitter or Instagram or share the update on Life in Spandex’s Facebook Wall so we can all see it! #lifeinspandex #loveyourbody
Health and happiness,