Wow. A year ago, I wouldn't have even dreamed of saying those words and actually meaning them.
Last year I hated my body. I didn't treat it well and it was constantly in suffering. I look back now and wish I could have grasped the idea sooner, that my body is sacred and needs nourishment, proper exercise, rest, and lots of love. Sure, I knew this in my heart, but ED blocked me from truly believing it.
I guess I just want to let you guys know that it's important to treat our bodies well. They are the only place we have to live and without them, we wouldn't be here.
That's enough right there to convince me (now) that I should take care of mine. How about you?
What is it that you hate so much about your body that you can't respect it? Why are you repressing it's needs and wants? What is the goal?
If it's to be thin or look a t certain way, there is no way you'll be able to love your body or treat it the way it deserves to be treated. Wanting to just look thinner than the other girls (or boys) is not what life is about. Being thin is not your purpose, believe me, you were meant for so much more than that.
I want you to know that I have been through the body struggle and still have days where I look in the mirror and am not really happy with what I see. But instead of getting mad at myself or my body, and taking unhealthy actions to fix my feelings, I thank my body for all that it does for me and all that it is capable of.
Because when you really think about it, our bodies are super amazing! It breathes without us even thinking about it and it allows us to walk and talk and have babies! Our bodies are miracles, really.
I want you to try to see your body as a miracle too. It does so much for you and yet without thanking it by giving it what it needs, it cannot function at it's highest.
Food is energy and your body needs it. Exercise is supposed to be for fun, not to abuse yourself or your body. And rest is essential to living.
When I workout during the week, I make sure to rest and give my body the proper fuel it needs in order to preform the way I want it to. But when you are working out and not doing these things, your body makes compromises and begins to suffer with even your everyday activities.
It's not fair to your body when you don't feed it. It has not done you wrong. You have done it wrong. When we learn to see this and truly believe it, recovery gets easier and our mind becomes more focused on listening to our hearts instead of ED.
I hope you can see how beautiful you are, and how amazing your body is.
You may have flaws you don't like, but so do I, and these are what make us unique and different. No one else is like you! And that should be good news...at least it is to me.
Take care of your body today. Nourish it and give it rest.