I was running in the woods with a very good friend of mine the other day when she told me about a conversation she had with her husband. He saw something in a magazine that said only 10% of women like their bodies. He quickly remarked to his wife, are there really any women who like their bodies? Now this struck me as odd coming from him because both he and his wife are marathon trail runners. They’ve run 100 mile races and regular 26.1 mile races and have met countless runners along the way. They are both in great shape and yet he made that comment.
It got me to thinking that his wife, my friend, must have complained here and there throughout the years about her body. So I pose this question to you: are there any women out there who truly love their bodies?
I certainly can’t lecture any of you about loving your body without first taking the plunge myself. While I take care of myself eating properly and getting exercise, I still look critically at myself in the mirror. There are parts of me that I don’t like because they are not perfect. Beating myself up about it isn’t the answer. I’ve been doing that for years and nothing has changed. I know now that I need to do something different. The fact of the matter is that I’m 39, I have 3 children and I work full time. I can only do what I can do. And my body, while not perfectly chiseled, has allowed me to do so many wonderful things in life. I carried 3 children to term, I have run 3 half marathons and completed a rugged maniac, I can do a pirouette and teach Zumba, and I know I could defend myself in an attack (or at least do some damage). So what am I so upset about? I have absolutely nothing to be upset about and only good things to celebrate.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t have fitness goals to strive towards. Our goals just have to change. It shouldn’t be about a pants size, but about becoming stronger and healthier, having more energy and feeling alive.
So Ladies, it’s time to make peace with your bodies. I urge you to make a list of all the great things your body has allowed you to do over the years and keep it close by. Whenever you doubt yourself for not looking a certain way, pull it out and remember you have reasons to celebrate!
Classes with Audra are scheduled:
6:35 Wednesday night and 8:00 Saturday morning at Squared Circle Studio.
Squared Circle Studio is located in Deep River
860.526.8763 to call for classes