Part of our 31 days to Celebrate Your Life should also include celebrating your body. We are all different shapes and sizes and for too long our bodies have been the focus of negativity and the feeling that we aren’t perfect. The fact is that no one is perfect – even those supermodels have their flaws.
It is time to accept YOU as the beautiful person you are.
Last year I became a Body Image Global Ambassador and wrote a post called Embrace a Positive Body Image and be FREE
In that post I wrote about the Body Image Global Movement and the pressure from society to ‘look good’. However, too many of us, including myself get hung up on how we look rather than embracing our positives and enjoying life. I would encourage you to read the post in full by clicking on the link above.
For many years I struggled with how I looked – my face, my body in fact the whole package. It wasn’t until I turned 50 that I started to see the positives about myself and realise that ‘perfection’ doesn’t exist naturally and I wasn’t interested in ‘going under the knife’.
I decided that the most important thing I could do for myself was to be fit, active and healthy so I could keep up with my grandchildren and also enjoy my life.
Sure it isn’t easy looking at ourselves as we age. It is easy to look at the negatives – wrinkles, sagging bodies, hormonal changes – yes being a woman sucks sometimes. Men are regarded as distinguished as they age but women are not afforded the same compliment.
Your attitude and acceptance of yourself
Attitude and accepting the way you are is vital for building self-confidence. Once we accept who we are and can see ourselves in a positive way life changes for the better.
Some women have great confidence in themselves but some of us aren’t happy with the way we look. If you don’t like something and it really bothers you, it becomes your choice – ACCEPT OR CHANGE.
How did I change my perception of myself?
I accepted who I was as a person
I made changes to my lifestyle to include regular exercise and a well-balanced eating plan.
I had been very active with ballet and dancing in my youth but after the children I had let that lapse. Sure I occasionally went through fitness fads but until I retained the services of a personal trainer did my attitude to exercise change.
I took up running at 50, encouraged by the younger women I worked with and ran a full marathon at 55.
I decided that for me, I felt more confident if I was at my goal weight and took time to wear some makeup and dress to compliment my figure.
Celebrate your body
It is time to celebrate your body and focus on the positives. Are you healthy? Then appreciate that and celebrate good health