Posts Tagged: stewardship

Changing Your Body

A reminder that it is possible to love your body and still want to change it.

Advocating for self-love and body acceptance is important to me. I mean, obviously. But over the years, I’ve realized that many messages about body image and loving your physical form regardless of its shape or size can be interpreted as exclusionary. Sometimes, when I say, “Love your body as it is,” people hear, “Wanting to change your body is bad,” or, “Nothing is as important as self-acceptance, including your health.”

Health is relative, and it’s a hot-button word. In my opinion, health is deeply personal and not something that can be easily measured by statistics, averages, or numbers alone. Health is complex and different for each of us. There is evidence to support the idea that people can be healthy at many, many weights and sizes, and I think it’s important to acknowledge that. read more

Originally posted 2012-05-03 06:27:28.

What Does It Mean to Love Your Body?

body love

People who struggle to cultivate positive body image – myself included – seldom feel overwhelmed by sweeping waves of love for our bodies. We struggle, which means that many days we don’t feel that great about our physical selves. And if you’re in the same boat, you may hear people talking about the importance of loving your body and think, “Love? I can’t even make it to ‘like’ most of the time.”

But think about it this way: Does your mom drive you bananas? When your dog has pooped in the bed for the second time in a week do you feel a momentary urge to set him on fire? Has your best friend ever said something so boneheaded you considered never speaking to her again? In the vast majority of cases, love does not remain at a constant, steady level all day every day. It fluctuates, shifts, and sometimes seems to disappear entirely. The people, animals, and things we love can irritate, sadden, disappoint, and upset us. But even in the midst of those negative emotions, we recognize that there is still love. There will always be love. Even if it dwindles, it will never disappear. read more