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How to Love and Appreciate Your Body

Don't set unrealistic expectations 

Did you know that most of the images you see on
television, movies and magazines aren't even real?
A model for a magazine cover goes through hours
of professional hair and make-up, has professional
stylist, top photographers who know her "best side,"
professional lighting, and that's all before the chosen
photo goes to a company where they remove stray
hairs, wrinkles, blemishes and "extra" curves. Sometimes
they even take the head from one model and photoshop
it onto the body of another. What you see is totally made
up! Understanding that the images you have in your head
as the perfect body type have been altered and computer
generated will help you as you set a realistic body image
for yourself. 

It's also important to not set unrealistic expectations for
weight loss. Once again when we see shows on TV where
the people loose massive amounts in short periods of time,
it gives unrealistic goals and expectations for weight loss in
the real world. Setting realistic goals will help you feel
accomplishments when you achieve the goals you set and
will help you feel proud. 

Realize how amazing your body truly is!  

Have you ever taken time to think about how the amazing
our bodies truly are? There are millions of microscopic
functions that go on in our bodies every day, and you don't
even have to think about them. They just happen! Your
heart beats on it's own without us having to think or do
anything to make it happen. The brain is constantly firing
info all throughout the body telling which organ what to do
at just the right time. Every organ does it's job without us
having to tell it what to do or how to do it. Unfortunately,
it often takes a crisis or a tragedy, such as a brush with
death, a go-around with a disease, or a debilitating accident
for some to realize that their bodies weren't so bad to begin
with and that their body hang-ups were a big waste of time.
How much time are you spending each day worrying about
your weight, your body shape, the size of your rear? What
could you be doing during that time? Instead of spending
time upset or picking apart the things we don't like, how
about we instead take time to marvel and be grateful for
the health of our bodies and the amazing ways they function!

Change the inner dialog

How often do you find yourself standing in front of the mirror
criticizing every little part of your body? Or maybe you like
some features but are completely hung up on others? When
we start the day by tearing ourselves down it carries with us
all day long. We, even unintentionally, tell ourselves these negative
things over and over and it becomes what we belive to be true
about ourselves. To the point that even when people compliment
us we can't believe them because we've told ourselves these
negative things for too long. We have to change the way we think
about out bodies and talk about our bodies, and yes even to
ourselves. 

Psalms 139 13-16, "For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to
You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are
Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was
not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully
wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my
unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days
that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of
them."

We were made with intention and purpose!We are fearfully and
wonderfully made! Even when we have a hard time believing
that about ourselves we can know that the One who made and
formed us believes it about us! If we looked at ourselves the way
our Creator looks at us it would give us a very different view of
our bodies and who we are.

Do something about it

There maybe somethings about our bodies that we can not
change, such as how tall or short we are, how big our ears
are or our facial features. But there are things we can take care
of and some things that we can change and that's where we
can start. By taking care of the body we do have and making
sure that we're eating healthy and activly invovled in exercising
and making a lifestyle of health we can change things about our
bodies. We may not be able to change everything and our changes
maynot happen as fast as we would like to see but it's part of a
life time of health that will have results for the long haul. 

"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;and wisdom to know the
difference."The prayer said by so many struggling with addictions
and difficulties is
very fitting here as well. 

Be an example

The most critical messages our youngsters receive about their
body image and their self-worth comes not from the media, but
from what they see and hear AT HOME. For those with children
or grandchildren, we have the responsibilty to be an example and
to model good behavior. Kids watch and immitate the thoughts
and behaviors of the adults in their lives and when they hear those
adults complaining and tearing themselves apart the kids start to
look at their little bodies in the same way.It's startling the number
of children, especially little girls, starting around age 4-5 that are
worried about their body image and dieting. They arestarting this
obsession because of how they hear their parents talk about
their bodies.  Parents who maintain healthy attitudes about their
own bodies, who model healthy eating behaviors, and who provide
nutritious food for their family, preparing, serving, and sitting down
to eat meals together with children as frequently as is possible,
virtually immunize their child from developing eating problems.
It's up to us as parents tomodel for our children a lifestyle of healthy
eating, exercise and healthy thoughts as well. Let's do it for the
children!

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