How difficult can it be to love yourself? I mean aren’t we all suppose to love ourselves unconditionally? Or does it sound a bit selfish to love yourself before loving others?
Today however, I am talking about a positive body image and loving the way you look, loving your body the way it is.
This post was due yesterday but I have recently started a new work out routine and that is keeping me really tired. I could barely keep my eyes open yesterday after my cardio session to type the post. I thought it would be worth mentioning about my work out session because that is helping me a lot in maintaining a positive body image, exactly what this post is all about today.
You might be wondering why am I killing myself trying a new work out session when I actually feel we should love ourselves the way we are. Well, that is actually the tricky part that prompted me to share my thoughts about this whole concept of positive body image without meaning to hurt or offend anyone reading this post.
I love myself and there isn’t anything that I would like to change about myself as far as appearance goes.
Yes, I do put on some make up and I work out because I feel good when I look good, but I don’t have the perfect body or the perfect features and I am never going to brood over what I don’t have. I would love to enhance what I have and ignore what I don’t because that is the best I can do.
I have always been towards the skinnier side. Though that might make me appear quite lucky but trust me it wasn’t all that great. When I was growing up, I always had these weird adults giving me advice to put on weight so I look ‘healthy’. I was definitely a healthy child and there was nothing wrong with my physical health ever. But ‘apparently’ I looked unhealthy and weak and I was supposed to eat a lot just to please people that never mattered to me in my life.
So, being skinny as a child and as a teenager was more of a stress to me than a blessing!
However, I do have a supportive family and my father always encouraged me to eat healthy and engage in some kind of outdoor physical activity to stay fit and never quite bothered me with putting on weight.
Today I exercise because I feel so energetic and fit after a good work out session. I eat healthy and nah, I don’t kill myself to look a certain way. I do whatever I can within my limitations to live a healthy and active lifestyle and that’s about it. With every passing year I am getting more confident about my body and honestly, blogging has helped me a lot in being so. I see a lot of bloggers embracing themselves the way they are and talking about their weaknesses and it’s inspiring to read such articles. Of course we all have weaknesses and they make us real!
So, over the years I feel I have somewhat mastered the art of loving myself and this has definitely increased my happiness quotient! Since the Valentine’s month is still on, I would very much concentrate loving myself and maintaining a positive self and body image as much as I love my near and dear ones.