5. Because life isn’t photoshopped.
Everyone is so photoshopped these days, it’s insane. You see someone on a magazine cover and most likely, you’ll feel a small twinge of “Ugh” as in, “Ugh, I wish I was her,” “Ugh I was I had her abs,” “Ugh this magazine is so expensive,” — whatever, you get my point. You have to remember that it’s been MASTERFULLY photoshopped. Miranda Kerr doesn’t even look like Miranda Kerr, you dig? People don’t look that way in “real life.” And the photos you should treasure and use as inspiration should be photos of your happy self!
And about the above image: that was real photoshopping done by Target in order to give the model a proper “thigh gap.” SCREW THE THIGH GAP! Your thighs touch because they’re BFFs, it’s no big deal.
4. Because you may be setting an example to someone else, even if you don’t realize it.
If you’re a mom and you’re always complaining about your body, you may not think your kids will pick up on it, but they do. They may not understand it, but the takeaway will be something like, “Mommy says she’s fat, and she sounds sad and mad about it, so fat must be bad.” Is that the message you want to send to your kids? You gotta be careful about what you say. Don’t ever body shame yourself in front of them, ever. It’s not something they should have to deal with.
3. Because life’s too short.
I know, I know, forgive me for using this cliché but how could I not? Life really is too short to spend years hating your body. Remember what Ferris Bueller said: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” And what if while he was saying that, Sloane didn’t even hear him because she was busy hating her awesome bod? There’s way too much to do and see in this world. Let your focus in life be on experiences, not how you look while experiencing life.
2. Because negative thinking breeds negativity.
Have you heard of the Law of Attraction? It states that like attracts like. What you think about, you bring about. So if you have a positive attitude, you attract positivity. Which means that if you have a negative attitude, you attract negativity. And why do that to yourself? Why go through life attracting negativity because of your negative thoughts and feelings about your own body? It isn’t worth it. It’s kind of a waste of time. And it only does more harm than good. Tell yourself that you love your body, even if it feels like a lie. Tell yourself until you believe it.
1. Because hating your body is exhausting.
It’s just sooooo stressful and tiring, and plain exhausting to hate your body all the time. It’s so much easier to say, “Hey this body I have ain’t bad,” and go on with your day. You don’t need any added stress in your life!
Hey, don’t get me wrong here: there’s nothing wrong with working out if you hate your body. I work out and I love it. It makes me feel good. And the most important thing, is that it makes me love my body, which is what I want everyone to do. Well, not my body. I mean you love your own body. Get it? Got it? Good. LET THE LOVING COMMENCE!
Featured image by Ralph Morse via LIFE Photo Archives For Google, Shutterstock, and Workthatmatters.blogspot.ca via Target.com