Love Your Body

Focus of SWFL - - News - By Car­rie My­ers Smith

While many of us have an easy time show­er­ing other peo­ple with love, we find that Cupid has yet to hit us with the "body love" ar­row. Don’t wait for Cupid! Be­gin to­day to start ap­pre­ci­at­ing, ac­cept­ing and yes, even loving your body.

Stop pick­ing your­self apart

Let’s face it: No mat­ter how close-to-per­fec­tion body you have (and just what is the per­fect body any­way?), chances are, there is some­thing you would change about it if you could. Even celebri­ties and mod­els who have been stamped with the me­dia’s "per­fect body" rat­ing have parts they dis­like – their feet, their hands, their ears – and they don’t nec­es­sar­ily have high self-es­teem ei­ther! Rather than pick your body apart, look at your body as a whole (and read the next point…)

Con­sider the mar­velous func­tions of your body

There are mil­lions of mi­cro­scopic func­tions that go on in our bod­ies ev­ery day, and you don’t even have to think about them. They just hap­pen! Un­for­tu­nately, it of­ten takes a cri­sis or a tragedy, such as a brush with death, a go-around with a dis­ease, or a de­bil­i­tat­ing ac­ci­dent for some women to re­al­ize that their bod­ies weren’t so bad to be­gin with and that their body hang-ups were a big waste of time. Don’t let that be the case with you! How much time are you spend­ing each day wor­ry­ing about your weight, your body shape, the size of your rear? What could you be do­ing dur­ing that time? Maybe you’re sup­posed to be the first fe­male pres­i­dent, but you’ll never know be­cause you’re too busy ob­sess­ing about your abs!

Get real

Did you know that most of the images you see on tele­vi­sion, movies and mag­a­zines aren’t even real? A model for a mag­a­zine cover goes through hours of pro­fes­sional hair and make-up, has pro­fes­sional stylists, top pho­tog­ra­phers who know her "best side," pro­fes­sional light­ing, and that’s all be­fore the cho­sen photo goes to a company where they re­move stray hairs, wrin­kles, blem­ishes and "ex­tra" curves. Some­times Model A’s head is stuck onto Model B’s body. What you see is to­tally made up! And it’s not just fash­ion mag­a­zines that are cre­at­ing a fan­tasy. Most of to­day’s "fit­ness" mag­a­zines are fol­low­ing suit. On top of air­brush­ing and com­puter gen­er­at­ing their mod­els, fit­ness mag­a­zines now need to au­di­tion their mod­els to be sure they’re strong enough to just do ba­sic ex­er­cises! Mus­cles are even air­brushed in! It’s time to get real! Find real role mod­els who em­anate the qual­i­ties you de­sire. Ed­u­cate your­self about what re­ally goes on "be­hind the scenes." And re­al­ize that no one nat­u­rally "glows" the way those mod­els in the mag­a­zines do!

Change your in­ner di­a­logue

It’s been said that we teach oth­ers how to treat us. If we be­lieve that, the mes­sage that comes across to oth­ers is that we are not worth be­ing liked, loved, or treated with re­spect. Most of it comes from what we’re not even say­ing. Choose to be­lieve that you are worth tak­ing care of and that you have the right to be re­spected and treated with dig­nity – and act like it!

Take care of your body

Di­ets, pills, quick-fixes, bing­ing, not ex­er­cis­ing, over-ex­er­cis­ing, all th­ese things dis­re­spect one of the great­est gifts you have been given – your body! You only get one per lifetime, so give it the re­spect it de­serves. You will not only feel bet­ter, but you just might be­come some­one else’s role model!

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