Love Your Body Day 5 – Give Yourself Some Credit!

It’s only coincidence that I’m watching Sex and the City reruns while writing this post. Do any of you remember the episode where Samantha talks about getting breast implants? Well, when Samantha starts to tell Carrie and Charlotte why she wants them, she says, “As you know I’ve always loved my body just the way it is. My legs are fantastic. I have killer abs. My a$$ is perfection.” If only she stopped there!!

It’s so easy for us to look at ourselves and see what we don’t like. Even though she loved her body as a whole, she got temporarily caught up in the idea of having bigger boobs. We laugh at this because we know it’s ridiculous. I mean, hello, she’s stunning! But, we all do this to ourselves every day!

I want you to concentrate on what IS working. On Day 1, we listed out five things that we love about our bodies. Today, come up with a list of five things you did today (or maybe yesterday if you’re reading this early on in the day) that you feel proud of. Again, start small. For instance, did you brush your teeth today? Take a shower? These may seem like trivial habits, but they are something! Imagine if you didn’t do them on a regular basis, if they weren’t habitual. They’ve become part of your routine because they keep you healthy and make you feel good. This can be done with exercise and eating vegetables too! By no means does your list need to concentrate on things you’ve done for your physical health. It could be something you did at work, for your mental health, or to improve a relationship. Did you smile at a stranger? Communicate your needs to your partner? Turn in a project you’re really proud of at work? Check a few errands of your list?

7 Days to Love the Skin You're In Love Your Body Day 5

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 the five activities you are proud of! 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 InstagramTwitter, 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,

Emily

 

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18 comments
  1. Great idea! It is so easy to see our failures but we do a lot well in the day too. My biggest success for the day so far was not to be selfish of my time. I had a lot to do today, but there were some people I needed to spend time with and have conversation. I was able to do that without frantically watching the clock making sure they knew how busy I was. Sounds horrible to be like that, but I have been when I didnt want to be there. But not today! And guess what? Im still getting done what I needed to.

    1. That’s awesome Brenda! I love this 🙂

  2. I love this challenge. As women it’s easy to get down on ourselves and obsess over insecurities. Thanks for creating this Emily!

    xo,
    Roxy

    1. You’re so welcome Roxy! 🙂

  3. I really needed to read this rn! I’m slowly learning to love my body 🙂

    1. You can do it Cali!! Just keep working towards it like you would anything else

  4. I like this idea of writing down things you’re proud of. It’s nice to end the day with some positivity, so here it goes:

    Today, I’m proud of:
    1. Finally starting my work-out routine by walking for 30 minutes.
    2. Eating a bowl of fruit salad this morning, when I craved for a snack.
    3. Doing a brain game with both if my doggies, for the second day in a row.
    4. Keep up with my daily doodles.
    5. Creating an awesome Valentine gift for my boyfriend.

    Thank you! Too many times I focus on what I didn’t do in a day. Today wasn’t any different. Now I’m actually headed for bed with a smile on my face. 🙂

    1. This is making me smile now too! 🙂

  5. Always important to value yourself first if you ever want to change anything.

  6. I always love a good workout and a shower afterwards 🙂

    1. Yes showers post sweat are the best!!!

  7. Love that episode of SATC! It’s so important to give yourself credit- I’ve had a much perspective on my body since giving birth to my daughter eight months ago. It could have been very easy to beat myself up about my post-baby imperfections, but instead I chose to celebrate the success I’ve had and to above all else be healthy!

    1. I love that you could give yourself some perspective!! Your body was proof that you were part of a miracle! This is something to celebrate!

  8. Push yourself always and make it fun.

  9. If I’m understanding you correctly,
    1. Love how into my cardio boxing I get, even though I know I look ridiculous.
    2. Don’t care that I’m not wearing cute workout clothing. I’m there to work out, not win a fashion contest.
    3. Dance around the house to whatever Pandora station I’m listening to (husband is amused by this).
    4. Seeing the difference in my abdominal area when I cut out sugar for a few days and the swelling goes down. (Sugar causes intestinal inflammation if you didn’t know that.)
    5. Enjoying a good book on the treadmill. Started a new one yesterday that has me laughing really hard.

    1. These are great Corey!!! I love how you dance around the house! I gotta start doing that now haha

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