How to Love the Skin You’re In
by Hannah Keeley
Who else is sick of the perfect body image? I mean, does “perfect” even exist anyway? Magazines are photoshopped, television has flattering lighting and pounds of makeup. Even that “perfect” mom you see at the pool could likely list off twenty things she hates about her body. Sad right?
In short, there is no such thing as a perfect body. But you can develop a perfectly healthy approach to your body in these three simple steps…
#1-Embrace ALL of your body. Your body does a lot for you. It gets you up every morning. It has helped you bring life into this world (if you’re a mom). It carries you around to do all the things you have to do, and all the things you love to do. Your heart keeps pumping, your nerves keep firing, your breath keeps going in and out. Be grateful! Look at everything that you love about your body and quit focusing on what’s wrong with it. For example, when you walk in the morning, don’t begrudge that bee-hind for having some extra wiggle. Praise those legs for keeping up the pace! This little change in perspective does wonders. For the longest time, I hated my belly for having loose tissue and stretch marks. Now, I love it. It’s a part of me. It tells a rich and wondrous story. And, yes, I even wear a two-piece at the pool and flaunt it ~ imperfections and all!
#2-Imagine who you are becoming. Instead of looking in the mirror and being critical, keep your focus on the body that you are developing. This vision will keep you exercising longer and will encourage you to put back that potato chip and reach for a carrot. It’s all in how you perceive your body. Stop looking at your flaws. If you hold on to ideas such as, “I’m fat,” “I’m out of shape,” or “I’m tired,” then that’s all your body is ever going to be. You’ve got to change it up in your head before you can ever change it up in your body. See that body that you are developing. Then, quit with the excuses and start making it happen.
#3-Create a daily habit of training. Now, don’t roll those eyes when I start talking about exercise. Exercise is vital to your health. It gives you more energy, helps you live longer, gets you into great shape, and it makes you confident and sexy!! Your body was made to work and if you’re not working it, then it’s going to break down and leave you stranded. Find something you love to do and do it every day! I am not one of those people who will advise you to work out 3-4 times a week. The reason? It’s too difficult for moms to develop a routine like that because our lives are so erratic. We need DAILY training, even if it means just putting on a great playlist and getting your groove on.
Practice these tips and you’ll not only be fit as a fiddle, but you’ll also have the confidence to play your own tune too!
Hannah Keeley was once in overwhelmed mom living in a cluttered house, deep in debt, out of shape, and barely hanging on. But one day, after finding herself sobbing uncontrollably into a pile of clean laundry, she realized God has bigger and better plans for her (just like He does for each one of His children). Beginning that day, she began making changes in her life that took her from overwhelmed to overjoyed. Today, she’s helping moms do the same. Hannah, her husband, Blair, and their seven children live in Richmond, Virginia, and are having the time of their lives!
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