(Psssst! If you’re “late” to the challenge and just getting started, that’s OK too! Just go at your own pace!  Start with this blog post and scroll to the bottom, and make sure you have what you need to complete the challenge and fill out the 10 questions you need to fill out before you get started.  Then you can take it day by day at your own pace!)

Recap

Welcome to Day 23 of the Love Your Body Challenge!  It’s hard to believe that we have less than a week of it left, but it’s true.  I absolutely cannot wait to hear from you all at the end to hear how your scores improved!

Yesterday was Day 22 and the reason to love your body was,

“Because it’s unique.”

Lucky for me, my good friend Julia Ladewski contributed to the post with some really meaningful words.  Here is an excerpt:

“If I’m training for a meet, I compare myself to the lean figure women. If I’m dieting and prepping for a show, I compare myself to girls who are deep into powerlifting training. It’s a lose-lose situation.
 
It’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else has. And when I do that, it drags me down. It sucks me into a hole of negativity. Pretty soon, everything I think is negative in nature. 
 
My biggest imperfection is something that requires daily concentration and focus. Who am is very different from who everyone else is. What am good at is very different from everyone else.  But I am me.  

Because screw what the world thinks I’m supposed to be.”

Thanks so much to Julia for contributing!

Onto Day 23!


Reason #23 To Love Your Body

23. Because it’s SO smart.

Have you ever thought of all of the incredible things your body is doing at any given time?  Breathing, pumping blood, regulating your pH levels and blood pressure, producing hormones, digesting food, breaking down tissue, repairing tissue, partitioning nutrients, eliminating waste, signaling you to eat and drink, making you tired so that you’ll sleep…

Not to mention running, jumping, skipping, lifting, rowing, pulling, pushing, and on and on and on.

There are so many, many things that our body does every single day to keep us alive, healthy, and functioning at a high level, and we probably never stop to recognize it.

Our body is the most amazing and intelligent machine to ever exist, and we seem to take it all for granted.

On top of these physical things our body does for us, it also thinks and feels.  It solves high-level math equations and builds super-computers.  It learns new languages and it figures out how to send people to Outer Space.  It loves thoroughly and deeply.  It feels passion and excitement.  It laughs genuinely.  It gives us a feeling in our gut when something isn’t right.

There are so many amazing and smart things that our bodies do. We just have to stop and recognize them and appreciate them for how incredible they are.

Mantra:  “My body is incredibly smart, and I love it.”

Repeat this (to yourself or out loud) 10 times right now,  10 times during your action step, and 10 times before bed.

Action step:  Make a list of at least 10 amazingly smart things your body has done.  Spend at least 20 seconds thinking about the reality of each of them, and being grateful for them.

FIND DAY 22 HERE

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