Sometimes we give our bodies a hard time and we need reminding that we are human.
I don’t think that saying we’re ‘only human’ is a great phrase… because quite frankly humans are pretty damn awesome.
- We, as humans, are made up of 95% water. Aka. you’re basically a cucumber…
- The human body contains enough fat to make seven bars of soap.
- When listening to music, your heart beat will sync with the rhythm.
- Stomach acid can dissolve metal. If it touched your skin, it would burn right through it.
- Tongue prints are as unique as finger prints.
- 50% of your hand strength comes from your pinky finger.
We don’t often think of ourselves as animals, but the reality is: we are. We are bad-ass mammals, with a heap tonne of complex emotions.
So why do we constantly want to diet (and lose our seven bars worth of soap flubber)?
Why would we want to be the same as someone else when we’re beautifully unique (if in doubt check your tongue out in the mirror!)?
We have acid in our bellies, crazy evolved brains in our heads and power in our pinkies… we are perfectly human the way we are.
I challenge you to:
- Curb the comparisons. See your body in a positive light, embrace the flaws. You are perfectly imperfect. Your body gets you up every day, it will carry you through life. Treat it well. Show it some love.
- Say ‘nuh-uh’ to body-bashing. It’s so easy to sit, often over a coffee, and body shame yourself. Why do we do that?! We do it to seek comfort in body dissatisfaction talk… but it always leaves us feeling worse. Change the topic to something more fulfilling.
- Be realistic. What is your ‘ideal’ body image and why? I find myself gawking at pictures of super slim, totally beautiful (usually models) on instagram, facebook, magazines, etc and thinking ‘why don’t I look like that?’. Pictures of unattainable bodies fuel our insecurities. Maybe unfollow these magazines on Instagram, or avoid buying magazines you know will leave you feeling less than worthy. If it’s unavoidable call in the ‘motivational speech’ (that takes place in your head!). Ask yourself to have some perspective, how many people in everyday life look like these women? Realistically, these models and public figures that make you feel insecure about yourself, probably have their own insecurities.
- Accept compliments. Do not brush them off. Doing so is like throwing away medicine and wondering why you still feel sick. Thank them, take the compliment, let it add some pep in your step!
- Dress your personal best. A trap that I personally fell into, and I know I’m not alone, is keeping clothes in the back of your wardrobe and thinking ‘I’ll save them for when I’m [fill the gap]’. This is such a negative mindset. Maybe they will fit you again, but you can reward yourself when you are there. Keeping them in the name of Thinsperation is toxic. Buy clothes that fit you now, that you feel confident in now. You deserve to feel beautiful the size you are now.
So remember, you are human. Treat your body with the respect it deserves, love it and nourish it. You are beautifully unique.