This one’s for you, girlfriend:
“I love you.”
When is the last time you said that…
to your body?
It seems like such a simple statement, right? But when it comes to our bodies, it can also be loaded.
You know. You’re a savvy human…
You know you’re supposed to love your body.
You know you’re supposed to treat her with care, to do all you can to be good to her…
And yet, sometimes you falter.
You get overly busy and start skipping your workouts.
You eat crummy food that makes you feel sluggish and bloated
You go on autopilot and don’t really slow down to listen to what your body needs…
Or maybe, you’re doing all the right stuff.
You’re eating right, you’re moving your body, getting enough rest, and yet you just can’t stop that critical voice inside you from telling you how much more you could be doing – if you really were “good enough.”
I know this, because I’ve been there. I know when I’m making wise, healthy choices for my body, and I know when I’m not. I know when I’m honoring and cherishing my body, and when my inner critic starts to go wild in telling me all the ways I could do more.
I also watched the documentary Embrace recently – an Australian film about women’s body image throughout the world, and was reminded of all the complexities involved in loving your body. In an effort to support my sisters, I coordinated a showing of the film at a movie theatre in Anchorage, Alaska, and it SOLD OUT. Nearly 200 seats were sold – and women raved about the power of the film – how much they related to the challenges associated with loving our bodies in a society that insists we must do more if we are ever to be allowed to love ourselves. (P.S. If you haven’t seen the film – it’s worth watching.)
Most of us – we get it.
We get that there are some seriously effed up ways that women have been socialized to relate to our bodies.
We need reminders to love ourselves.
We thrive in community and sisterhood to help us remember how to love ourselves and not tear ourselves down.
We benefit from coaches and guides who help us stay accountable to ourselves and our desires.
Last summer, my friend Blaze Bell (the fantastic health coach) and I co-created a 4 week online course called Radiance – focused on helping you feel connected and joyful in your body. We created the course to help you feel more connection with others, your body, and to explore the joy that comes with body love and positivity.
The course was such a success, that we decided we wanted to do it again! We know you could benefit from a month of body love – and we can’t wait to be your body love coaches and guides.
If you want to learn more about our four week online body love course – Radiance – click HERE to get more info. Sign up by Friday, March 3 if you’d like to join us!
And in the meantime, go find a mirror – pause – and gaze at glorious YOU. No matter what you look like, what your habits have been lately, or how much more you know you could be doing – and say, “I love you” to your body – and mean it. No matter what, you are worthy of loving your body. Or, put another way: Your body is worth of loving. If it feels weird, do it anyway. And then try it again tomorrow. And the next day.
Oh, and if you have any questions about the course, please email me and I’d love to chat more about it with you – and help you figure out whether it’s right for you.