31 days to Celebrate Life Fit & Fabulous 2017 Health & Wellness

Celebrate your body – You are amazing!

August 16, 2017

Celebrate your body

 

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.

Celebrate your body

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?

The Stadium Stomp

I finished and I have the medal to prove it!

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

 

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25 Comments

  • Reply Leslie Clingan August 16, 2017 at 13:29

    Oh, Sue! I look back at pictures of a younger me and remember the sadness and insecurities and lack of confidence I had at 20, 30, 40. Finally, like you, at about 50, I have made peace with my body and have begun to embrace it as the beautiful miracle it is. I tell my youngest daughter often that she needs to love who she is and how she looks now because none of us is ever perfect, no matter our age or physical appearance.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:39

      I know Leslie, I was exactly the same. Your daughter is lucky to have you reinforcing the message of loving herself for the person she is. Such a positive message and given with love. xx

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill August 16, 2017 at 23:10

    It’s funny how we lack that self confidence and self acceptance at the time of our life when we were at our “prettiest” isn’t it Sue? But it’s never too late and you are a shining example of authentic reinvention – I love that our 50’s can be the beginning of really liking ourselves and investing in our bodies and appearance without it being all vanity and mirrors.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:38

      Oh thanks Leanne for your lovely words but I agree 50 seems to be the turning point for so many things and the way we look at life. Pity we didn’t know that 20 years earlier. Have a great week xx

  • Reply Deborah August 17, 2017 at 15:52

    Oh, I hope the body acceptance thing (or at least body neutrality) comes as I hit 50. I think it’s getting better and I do think that’s partially to do with the more positive messages we are getting. (So, great work!) #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:34

      I agree Deb. I think there is still a way to go regarding the message of positive body image but it is so much better than when I was growing up. Existing on lettuce leaves wasn’t great! Have a beautiful day and enjoy! xx

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle August 17, 2017 at 16:46

    Interestingly I wrote about our bodies today too! It is tough as we age and as women we seem to put so much pressure on ourselves (myself included) to try and achieve a certain look (sometimes impossible). Establishing healthy habits so that we feel good is the key and not so much focus on numbers and weights and so forth. All of us come in different shapes and sizes and have different operating systems so we can’t expect to all look the same. I can’t say that I’m fully confident with the way I look. I lack body confidence … but I’m working on it. #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 18, 2017 at 07:32

      It is hard not to be self-critical Min but my philosophy is to try to be the best I can be from a health point of view. Regular exercise and eating a well balanced diet goes a long way to keeping fit and active and I think a fit person looks healthy and happy. Body confidence is such a big issue and one that we obsess about sometimes. We just need to enjoy life don’t we without the pressure to look like a super model. Have a beautiful day xx

  • Reply Cathy Lawdanski August 18, 2017 at 07:41

    Wow! I had no idea that you didn’t take up running until you were 50! Inspiring, Sue!

  • Reply Vanessa August 18, 2017 at 08:19

    I’ve never felt overly emotional towards how I look. I could do with losing some weight because I don’t need to weigh this much. It’s pretty simple for me… and now I’m feeling better I can start exercising again so yay, that should help somewhat! Currently rearranging our living room to fit in an exercise bike…uh, hopefully it’ll fit!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 19, 2017 at 15:03

      I think it is good to keep fit Vanessa but not to be obsessed about it. I like to exercise because it makes me feel good inside and out. Happy cycling! xx

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt August 19, 2017 at 01:35

    I wish our society was easier on the acceptance of women’s bodies and the effects of aging. Non-Western societies hold age is high esteem equating wrinkles, etc with wisdom and knowledge, as well as beauty. The fairytales and literature depicting witches as old, evil crones did nothing to help this perception. Seems like we both posted about “naked ladies” this week on our blogs. And a happy, happy birthday to you, Sue! You are amazing and an inspiration to us all!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 19, 2017 at 15:08

      Thank you so much for your beautiful words Terri and I feel proud to have you as a blogging friend. Fairytales do have a lot to answer for but hopefully we are changing the views of how we look at women in general in a much more positive way. Have a beautiful weekend my friend. xx

  • Reply Lyndall @ Seize The Day Project August 19, 2017 at 06:04

    Spot on Sue! We must love and treasure our body, as it’s the only one we have. The journey through life is much smoother in a healthy body too! We can’t always choose what happens to us, but we can do our best to be healthy and love our bodies 🙂 #TeamLovinLife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 19, 2017 at 15:01

      So true Lyndall. We don’t know what is ahead but trying to live a healthy lifestyle will certainly benefit us. Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by. xx

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit August 19, 2017 at 12:35

    Keep sizzling! #teamlovinlife

  • Reply klaudia August 21, 2017 at 09:16

    You look amazing, lady !!! yes, yes, and yes, I love your post, I love your site. So much positivity and happy vibes. I wish I would look that great, coming close 😉 A full marathon with 55, girl, you rock!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 21, 2017 at 10:06

      Oh thank you so much Klaudia for your beautiful and encouraging words. Have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by to comment.

  • Reply Beverly August 22, 2017 at 10:56

    Great post Sue. As we have talked, I too like to take care of myself and exercise regularly and eat right. I slip up sometimes, but that is OK too. Our society focuses so much on looking young, but I have never done anything like Botox but I do use great skin products. I think our attitude can make the difference.
    Happy belated birthday!!
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 23, 2017 at 08:24

      I agree Bev, attitude does make all the difference. I sometimes wake up and feel a bit low but you can’t stay that way you have to look on the positive side and your day just improves so much. I’m not into botox but agree, it is all about the moisturiser! Have a great week! xx

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