(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!)

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My goodness.  I almost can’t believe that Day 28 of the Love Your Body Challenge is here.  This month has absolutely flown by for me, and it feels like just yesterday we were kicking off Day 1.

Thank you to everyone who has followed along on this journey.  I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed hearing your from all of you — crying with you, laughing with you, having epiphanies with you… it’s been incredible.  You all have changed my life, and I hope I have impacted yours as well.

Before we move on to recapping yesterday, I have a small favor to ask you.  If this challenge has at all impacted your life, touched your heart, or made you think… would you please let me know?  I’d like to add a “testimonials” page that other women who are considering doing the challenge can read to convince them that it’s worth their time.

It would be so helpful to me, and you’d be helping to convince other women to do the challenge and change their lives as well.

You can put it in the comments section below.  If you’re not comfortable with that, you can send it to me at: 28DayLoveYourBodyChallenge@gmail.com.

Finally, do NOT forget to fill out the questionnaire again at the bottom and compare your scores from before Day 1!  That would be an amazing thing to put in your testimonial (how much your score went up).

Let’s get started!

Recap

Yesterday was Day 27 and the reason to love your body was:

“Because it allows you to love and be loved.”

I discussed all of the different ways that we give and receive love to others, whether it’s our spouse, our children, our friends, our parents, or even a stranger.

We give and receive love through all kinds of physical touch, a warm smile, kind words, and much more.

When you think about it, there is love all around you, and your body allows you to participate in it in so many ways.  That’s something to be grateful for!

So here we are.  Day 28.

No pressure, right?

Reason #28 To Love Your Body

28. Because it’s perfect (and it could use a little improvement).

This is adapted from the following quote:

“You are perfect just as you are, and you could use a little improvement.” – Shunryu Suzuki

From the moment I laid eyes on this quote, I fell in love.

There was a period of time where I DID feel like I loved my body even if I wanted to change a few things, and I struggled because I let other people’s opinions get to me.  People told  that I couldn’t possibly be at a point of love and acceptance if there were anything on my body that I wanted to change.  I allowed them to make me question myself, and how I felt about myself.

But that idea never felt right to me.  I just knew that I could love my body as it is right this moment, while still wanting it to look or perform or feel differently than it does right now.

Then when I saw that quote, it summed up exactly what I knew all along.

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You are perfect just as you are, and you could use a little improvement.

Wow.

How powerful is that?  How powerful is it to believe that you, exactly as you are in this moment, are perfect?  Just perfect.

And yet, you could use some improvement.  We all could.  And that’s OK.  But it doesn’t mean that there is anything “wrong” with us right now.  It just means that we are in the middle of our journey.  A journey whose destination we never reach, and yet it’s still a worthwhile journey to take.

Mantra:  “I am perfect, just as I am.  And I could use a little improvement.”

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

Action step:   Your action step for today is to retake the test from before Day 1 and compare your scores, and then to (hopefully) write me a short message or testimonial in the comments section below about today’s reason or how the challenge has changed your life in general (including the improvement in your scores would be amazing!)

As I said above, I want to have testimonials so that other women who are considering starting the challenge will get to hear how it could change their lives from the women who did it.

Rank how you feel about a few things on a scale from 1-10, 1 being the worst, 10 being the best.  Print the questions out or write them down and write down your rankings for each one, and compare them to your original score to see the tangible improvement.

1. How do you feel when you think about how your body looks?
(1 = absolutely terrible, 10 = freaking awesome)

2. How often do you think about things you’d like to change on your body?
(1 = constantly, 10 = never)

3. How often do you look in the mirror and think, “I look really awesome!”
(1 = never, 10 = always)

4. How confident do you feel when you’re in a swimsuit?
(1 = not confident at all, 10 = extremely confident)

5. How confident do you feel about your body during intimate moments? 
(1 = not confident at all, 10 = extremely confident)

6. How often do you catch yourself saying/thinking negative things about your body? 
(1 = constantly, 10 = never)

7. How often do you catch yourself saying negative things about your body to other people? 
(1 = constantly, 10 = never)

8. How well do you receive compliments from others?
(1 = not well, 10 = really well)

9. How often do you have feelings of shame in regards to your body?
(1 = constantly, 10 = never)

10. If I told you that you could drastically change your perception of your body in 28 days, would you believe me?
(1 = absolutely not, 10 = no doubt about it)

Also, please remember, just because the challenge is over, doesn’t mean that your duty to spend time being kind to your body is over.  That should still be a daily task that you spend time and energy on if you want to retain the lasting effects of the challenge.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for participating.

xoxo,

Molls

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