Forgiveness Wednesday: Body Talk

Yesterday, I did some unhealthy things. I had a pretty heavy lunch and dinner. I had ice-cream twice. And I probably wore my contacts way too long.

But I also did some very healthy things. I worked out. I had a light breakfast. I went to bed early. And I laughed a ton. Even more than usual.

So, at the end of the day, I apologized for the bad stuff and that was that. That’s right. I talk to my body sometimes. It’s pretty nuts. But then again, maybe not at all.

Thinking positively and being accepting of your body is becoming a bigger and bigger movement. One by one, we start to agree that, if you’re a little pudgy, a little short, a little weird, even a lot of all three, you’re still a valid member of society.

And yet, despite all the love-your-body campaigns, it’s very easy for us to turn off the niceties when we look at ourselves in the mirror.

“You’re fat.” “You’re so out of shape.” “You should be ashamed of yourself.”

But this is the part that really matters. If we can’t start there, then what are we doing?

I’m not perfect. Especially with health. I’ve prioritized work for the last three years. But right now, this is what I’ve got. The setup I’m dealing with. So when I take a misstep, I apologize and move on.

“I’m sorry I ate so heavy today.” “I’m sorry I got you this cold.” “I’m sorry for the lack of sleep.”

The most important habit is to be nice to yourself in your own head. If we can’t learn that, nothing we accomplish will matter in the end.

Your body isn’t where it ends, but it’s one hell of a place to start.


About Forgiveness Wednesday: No matter how the week starts, by Wednesday, we’ve had enough time to kick ourselves. We’re human. We make mistakes, we regret them, and we blame ourselves. But the only way we can keep moving on is if we forgive ourselves and those around us. So every Wednesday, forgiveness is what we’ll practice.

Let’s be kind to ourselves so we can succeed.

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