One of my goals has been to eat for health and not solely for looks.
I must have forgotten this important goal because the other day I was being too critical of the way my body looked – a little bit of tummy pooch; thighs not exactly rock solid. I’m not overweight, but I continued to bash my body and point out what I thought to be less than ideal. I started feeling discouraged. Hmm, are you seeing what’s wrong with this picture?
My husband put my negative thinking to a halt by saying, “You’re beautiful! I think you look hot!” I paused, blinked, turned to him, and asked, “Even if I gain weight?” My husband gave me a funny look, “Of course! You will always be beautiful to me.”
Awww! 50 points to the husband! Really, though; I was touched because he was sincere in what he said. In fact, my husband told me not to be so hard on myself! It wasn’t doing me any good.
I also felt ashamed for my body-bashing. My husband loves me as is. I have the freedom to be in my own skin and know that I will be accepted, even if I don’t look like a Hollywood movie star (a lot of that is smoke and mirrors anyway)! I should give that same kind of love and acceptance to my own body.
Instead of focusing on all the imperfections and yearning for that “perfect” body, how about I be a little more thankful for all the blessings I’ve been given? How about I delight in the fact that I have a functioning, energetic, healthy body and take care of it in a loving way?
JoLynn wrote a great post at her blog, The Fit Shack, that reminded me of these things. Why should we wait until we have that “perfect” body before truly living life to the fullest? Live it NOW! Live joyfully, show kindness, have fun, be productive, try something new, focus on health and not outward appearances – NOW!
If you’ll allow me to get deeper, for me, living life to the fullest also means living with a focus on what’s truly most important. And that’s a focus on giving God glory and enjoying my relationship with Him. When all’s said and done, that’s what really matters in my life.
Sure weight loss can be a very good goal, but weight loss shouldn’t be the end-all, be-all.
Phew! Well, OK! I got a little passionate there at the end! Hope you made it through all that! Still, thinking on these things does make the little tummy pooch look a lot less important. And frankly, I don’t think anyone cares about it but me!