Do you love your body? .
As a fitness coach and part-time massage therapist, I see nearly naked bodies on a daily basis.
I can honestly say, there has NEVER been a time I've said, "Ewwwwww." (It's possible I thought it, but only if there's a smell attached or a fungus involved ;) ) .
It breaks my heart to see people judging their bodies in a negative way. And, honestly, I'm "guilty" of it as well.
My camera is always set up during my workout and sometimes it takes random pictures...like the ones you see here.
It's pretty easy to look at those pictures and think, "DELETE!!!" .
As a fitness coach and massage therapist - bodies are my gig. It's what I DO. I work with them and see them every day. In shape, out of shape, running marathons, hiking up mountains, sitting on the couch - they are beautiful. In every way.
I've had clients and challengers say, "Please don't judge my fat rolls." What?! I've heard people say, "I wouldn't be comfortable getting a massage until I've lost some weight." What?! Bodies are beautiful. Period. And when *I* look at you, I don't see the imperfections. I see the bravery and vulnerability in allowing another woman REALLY see you - and THAT is a beautiful thing. .
It almost shames me to admit that while I am completely comfortable telling YOU how amazing YOUR body is, I am the worst critic of my own.
It can be a very sticky place to be.
While I'm spouting off body love and awareness (and I DO love my body) while in the same breath talking about being fit and strong and getting a six pack..... .
I'm constantly working to find a balance between loving my body no matter what and wanting the 6 pack... I don't know that I'll ever find that balance and not feel guilt in wanting my body to be a different shape. But I DO know that I will continue to strive to have that balance. .
And I know that the body I have today is much easier to love than the body I had 8 years ago and 100lbs heavier. Sure, partly because of the PHYSICAL shape of my body (if I'm being completely transparent) but also because of the MENTAL shift I've made while WORKING on my physical body.
Today, I promise to love my body - no matter what. Can you?