“Dear Body, I accept you.” <– I bet this is what your body has been waiting to hear. How many of us can HONESTLY say that we accept our bodies? We live in a world where we are constantly being judged by our appearance. Too fat. Too short. Not pretty enough. Not skinny enough. Not tall enough. As I turn yet another year older, and since I’ve lately been facing this….. challenging idea of self-acceptance more than ever, I thought it apt to write this post on 5 ways to accept your body today.
1. Know that you can accept your body AND still want to change it.
By “accepting” your body, it doesn’t mean that you MUST be satisfied with the way it is right now. You must know that you CAN accept it and STILL want to change it, to become a better version of you. Accepting your body doesn’t mean you tell yourself, “OK, I’m perfect now. I shall resume stuffing my body with junk and not exercise since I’m in full acceptance!” NO. No, no, NO, it doesn’t mean that!
That’s me racing at Shape Run 2016 last month! :)
When I accept my body, it means I accept that this is the way I am right now, but I keep my goals in mind. I keep working for and reaching towards my goals, physical mental emotional – all aspects. I think many of us can’t deal with the idea of “acceptance” cos we think once we “accept” our bodies, this is IT. NO MORE CHANGES. That’s not true! I admit I’ve been putting off this idea of “accepting” my body cos I had the mistaken impression that once I accepted me, then it means I’d have to give up my goals of becoming stronger fitter whatever, and just stay put. Now that I’ve sorted out this “concept”, I know that I’m allowed to be a masterpiece AND a work in progress at the same time. Now do you understand?