I’m grateful for my body. That’s a statement I know a lot of people struggle with. It’s not the same as loving your body, it’s not the same as never having moments of doubt or feelings of insecurity. It’s about feeling those things and then taking a step back and being grateful.
This week I shared the photo of myself in my bathroom mirror and although I had some really lovely messages left about it, I also received a handful of direct messages telling me that no one needed to see my fat or cellulite, I was told I was a bad example and that no one wanted to see me in my underwear. I responded to each and every one of them and said my piece, I said that I valued my body, that I was grateful for it, and if they didn’t like seeing my body, they could simply unfollow me.
They say practice what you preach, so I am. I urge my friends to be grateful for their bodies, but I have never shared all the reasons I am grateful for my own body, so here it is…
I’m grateful for…
Strong legs that mean I can walk everywhere, as a non driver I am always on my feet so grateful that they have walked me all over the world. From my daily commute to miles and miles of adventuring in cities the world over.
Big bum that means I always have somewhere comfy to sit! Seriously though, it’s a built in cushion!
Strong hands, when I moved into my house I had a lot of work to do with it, and my hands helped with that, they tiled my kitchen, pulled down a shed, decorated every room and a whole load more.
Not only that, they have held the hands of the people I love, they held my tiny god daughters hand when she was a day old, they held my dads hand as he slipped away, and they have held the hands of friends in the best and worst of moments.
Soft tummy, don’t get me wrong, abs would be lovely, but my soft tummy provides a place for my dog to lay her head as we watch Netflix. It’s fleshy and dimpled but it doesn’t limit me, it doesn’t stop me from living my life. Abs are great, but so are muffin tops
Thick thighs, I love my thighs, even the cellulite and stretch marks, they help me keep on hitting squat personal bests in the gym, my skin is soft and comforting, they are loved by the men who have loved me
Green eyes, they change with my mood, when I’m tired and worn out the glisten blue, when I am in love they darken, they are my own mood fortune teller and I love them. They smile when I smile, the are expressive and honest always and I think my favourite feature
Big boobs, all the better for hugs, seriously I give the best hugs. I may be the baby whisperer in fact, they cannot resist snuggling in and falling asleep! In fact many a boyfriend has done the same!
Little waist, gives me all the va-va-voom I want in life, my curves make dresses look awesome and means I look killer in a bikini!
Wrinkles, on my face they show how much I have laughed, especially the ones around my eyes that remind me that ageing is a privilege that I entirely am grateful for!
There is a long list of things that I could focus on that I don’t feel grateful for, but you know what sometimes the best thing you can do is highlight the good and not the things you perceive to be ‘bad’.
It’s so easy to focus on the negative, because of what as women we are told is acceptable, the acceptable weight to be, no cellulite, no wrinkles, no grey hair, we should strive for things out of our control and the danger with that is that we get to a point where we not only think it about celebrities but our selves and the women in our real lives.
Treat your body kindly, if there are things you want to change then you go right ahead and change them, but know that the way you look does not define the person you are or your worth.
So if you only do one thing for your body to show you are grateful, leave me a comment below telling me one thing you are grateful for about your body.