We have become used to hating our bodies and it's a shared thought that's spreading to a younger population- an estimated 90% of teenagers are unhappy with the way they look, starting them off on a vicious and dangerous path to chronic dieting and pursuit of a perceived perfection.
There's a reason why the weight-loss industry is a billion dollar one.
Sad, but true, it is now more common to be unhappy with our bodies than it is to be completely content with our shapes.
We criticize our lumps and bumps in the mirror, groan at the parts that wiggle and flap and truly believe that happiness lies in the magical land of five-pounds-lighter. So, things go one of two ways:
We make ourselves miserable on a diet only to feel it's still not enough...
We get so frustrated with the confines of a diet program that we catch ourselves mid comfort-food binge feeling anything but comfortable.
When we get a scrape, it heals if we would only stop picking at the scab. The good news here is that when given half a chance to, the body will heal itself.
That's what this is really all about.
There is an optimal healthy shape that each of our bodies are designed to hover around. Some call it a "set-point weight." I call it body-happiness.
Body-happiness is the point where everything in the body just... effortlessly works. It's the point where there is no struggle to maintain a number on the scale. It's the weight at which there are no aches and pains on the joints. It's where the body is not asking for caffeine, sugar or stimulants in order to get through the day. It's where our bodies want to be.
But, we hurt it and take it away from that body-happiness.
We hurt it with improper diet, rest and exercise, with a lack of self-love, with distrust and overall neglect.
So, the body packs on extra weight as a response, in an attempt to protect itself from the pain.
So, we attack the added weight with more negative energy and painful measures to make it go away.
The body continues to respond to the negativity.
And so on...
Let's stop this pattern before it does any more damage (because we know it's already done its share). Let's stop abusing our bodies and start realizing that since it's the only one we will ever have, we should start showing it some gosh-darn respect!
In a series of posts, I'll be focusing on body-happiness and figuring out how to get there.
We all have what it takes to not only reach that optimal weight, but, more importantly, to give ourselves the acceptance we cry out for in the first place.
We can redefine our paths of least resistance away from our unhealthy habits and guide ourselves to a place of health, wellness and abundant energy. It's what the body wants- to heal, to be comfortable and to find that feel-good body-happiness!