As a woman, I feel like I’ve been groomed from birth to have a love hate relationship with my body. Within the last few months that love/hate has been skewed a lot more toward the hate side of things. The effects of working full time and blogging into the night have resulted in a whole lot of…jelly, and I’m not ready for it.
Half the time I’m complaining out loud with coworkers ( how can you pass up co-miserating with a group full of women) The other half of the time I’m just thinking about it and doing a vampire side-step to avoid mirrors.
I have never considered myself to be one with low self-esteem, and yet if asked I could find a flaw in every part of me physically from my head to my toes.
Yesterday I went running, something else I have a love/hate relationship with. When I’m working on it regularly I love it and can’t get enough of it. When I slack off and stop maintaining it, I start to feel a little overwhelmed by the effort that it’s going to take for me to get it together (kind of like marriage!).
Yesterday I set off on a three-mile run, trying to whip myself back into shape for an upcoming 5k. It was hard, much harder than I remember, but as I stretched in front of my house once I was finished, the tightness in my muscles felt good.
Pushing myself through the run after not running in…(months? Years? ) left me a little amazed at my body’s strength. Today, instead of thinking about extra tummy flab, or thigh jiggle, I’m making an effort to be grateful for the fact that I have a body that moves when I want it to, arms that can lift 40 pound three-year-olds, and lungs and legs that can keep me running for several miles.
Today I am thankful for my body, and I’m determined to see the strength instead of the flaws. Your challenge today is to find some “flaw” that you continue to see in yourself or your spouse and to look at it with new eyes. Maybe it is a body part, maybe it is a character trait, but try to find the value in something you have been looking at from a negative view.
Are you up for the challenge? Tell us in the comments!