Responsibility – the ability to respond.

I was pretty shocked today to hear that there are still low life characters around telling girls who are clearly anything but that they are fat and need to lose some weight.  There is a dangerous difference between what we see on Biggest Loser and what is evident as a naturally healthy body figure however, it really starts with how we view ourselves.

The reality is if you eat healthy food and exercise regularly you need to start appreciating your body for all the good things that it does for you rather than getting petty and finicky with the constraints of what is set up to be the perfect figure.  Think about it.  Would you rather spend your time counting calories and continuously looking outwards for approval on your appearance or would you prefer to live your life, feel comfortable in your own body and focus outwards on ways that you can have a positive influence on other people?  These are two very different realities,  one is stagnant and self critical, the other is vibrant, present and alive. All it takes is a perception shift.

When you get up in the morning, do you

A) look at how many wrinkles have appeared overnight, scowl at the pimple on your chin, the dark circles under your eyes and whine that you butt looks too big in those jeans, then stumble for a coffee and maybe a piece of toast or left over pizza, trip over the pile of paper work on your way out to run and catch the bus that you may or may not miss because you got busy criticising your face, body and self prior to even leaving your house.

Or do you

B) drink a large glass of water to hydrate your body, go for a run/swim/cycle to pump your heart and muscles full of oxygen, eat a healthy breakfast and feel grateful for you health.

Unfortunately I am guessing that for most of you, A) or something similar could be your regular start.

How does this then set you up for your day? How do you feel? Add to this any external criticism and your chance for a healthy body image is pretty much screwed.

As much as people can put their opinions onto us on how we may look, should look or could look.  At the end of the day it is up to the individual to make a decision on whether they want to be at the effect of the criticism which usually starts well before you walk in the office door or whether you are ready to take action to silence that criticism by being grateful for what you have.

If you are still finding this hard, take a visit to your local hospital and you might find a few people who don’t have it as good, you may even decide to think a little differently about the miracle that is your own body.

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