Seeing my body as a gift is hard cuz of my past, so I have to force myself to do sth good for my body. I started enjoying exercise for its own sake and not doing it to punish the body or myself. Treating my feet to a hot foot bath is a step I can take.
I always hated my body for letting me down, being sick, being in a wheelchair, etc. I refused to look in the mirror or do affirmations and couldn't find much nice to say about my body. Then I heard a song about being perfectly imperfect and I realized that in spite of all the physical and emotional challenges I've had, my body has sustained me through it all, and still is. I have a whole new level of respect for myself now. My body has never given up on me, and it's past time I realized it and started giving credit where it's due!
Pounds lost: 41.0
Fitness Minutes: (65,676)
1/3/19 12:07 P
I think a little bit of pampering goes a long way. Little things like keeping your nails manicured (filed and clean) doing hair treatments, using a nice body moisturiser. A good foot cream, a hand cream that smells good and face packs are all ways of showing yourself you love you. I find they help because you start to focus on the good points - you have glowing skin (all over) your hair looks good.
I also find strength training has helped me love myself just how I am. When I look in the mirror at my body I see something amazing. A body that let's me carry 80kg 30 metres (or 64kg 100m)
My yoga practice is all about finding acceptance and building love for my body and all aspects of myself. As I get stronger, all the harshness with which I've treated myself softens. It's a process of curiosity and uncovering what's really me and what are attitudes and behaviors I can release. Yoga is tremendously healing, in my experience.
IMMEDIATEFIG ~ Fig ~ Pacific Time Zone, Southern California Member, Golden Phoenix team, BL Swing Into Spring Challenge
My husband helps. I have lost 148 pounds. I have a lot of extra skin. He loves me just the way I am so I figure if he can love me, so can I. I look at the clothes I use to wear, I wear the shirts for night shirts now and I am thankful that I don't have to wear them anymore. I see the good things like I fit in one mirror. I don't need an extender to right in a car or a plane. Look for the good and love you.
Pounds lost: 134.5
Fitness Minutes: (42,111)
12/21/18 9:02 A
I like to read articles on weight training and find new ways to challenge my muscles. I like to be a little sore the day after my workouts. The little bit of soreness is my body's way of letting me know it appreciates what we did the day before in the gym.
Move! Sitting around feels basically the same, whether I'm at goal or 45 pounds over, whether I'm fit or sedentary. But if I walk or jog or climb stairs or carry heavy objects, I can immediately feel the benefits of eating well and being active.
Goal weight: 58 +- 1 kg /// 128 +-2 pounds CET (Europe, Hungary)
Maintenance Lessons Learned: -go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase -just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing -work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood -do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work -avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings
I've always loved my body for what it does for me. Even when I was heavy I didn't hate my body....saw some of the flaws and moved on. Now that I've been at my goal weight for over 5 years there are a couple of ways I show my love of my body even more: 1. I wear clothes that fit and & show off my figure. Love seeing myself in the mirror. 2. I make sure I get in daily exercise - taking care of my body is my way of loving it. 3. I make sure I eat a healthy diet - nourishing my body shows the love.
Persistence is more important than perfection.
Don't assume your freedoms are assured.
If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.
305 Maintenance Weeks
Fitness Minutes: (42,111)
11/29/18 9:03 A
Strength training helps me love myself. It is amazing to look in the mirror at your flaws and think I don't care how you look you're a pretty amazing body. You can lift and carry your own body weight 100 paces.
Fitness Minutes: (27,091)
11/24/18 10:21 P
I try not to focus on what I might consider "cosmetic flaws", instead I concentrate on what my body can do instead of worrying about how I look.
I'll admit that I am more critical of my body now, then when I was obese. Like a lot of women, I nitpick my body parts. That's why I do try to focus on what my body can do. because there are things I can do now that I couldn't do when I was a teen such as running 5k or 10k races, running an obstacle course, lifting weights, etc.
There is a motivational quote/meme I really like and it's this.
I enjoy the strength I get from getting stronger in training for a race or lifting weights. I can see my progress and muscles more defined.I definitely have more energy for my child and doing events with my family.
In God my heart trusts. ----Proverbs 28:7
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
KNOW that the LORD is GOD.It is HE who made us,And we are HIS; We are HIS people, The sheep of HIS pasture. Psalm 100:3 Betsy ~~~CST
current weight: 192.0
Fitness Minutes: (83,969)
11/23/18 11:31 P
Hi Sparkers! I'm working on an article about "How to Learn to Love Your Body a Little More Every Day." I would LOVE to include your tips for how you find ways to love/appreciate your body, despite your goals for change. Feel free to respond to this post, or send an email to email@example.com.