First off, THANK YOU for all of your amazing, supportive comments on yesterday’s announcement! I know that right now, in this moment, MoveMore is a great fit for me and for my family. Who knows what the future holds. I’m thrilled to see what God has in store for us! (Btw – I’m taking orders for TANKS & TEES so if you’re interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send you pricing info and your color options!)
So I posted this picture a while ago on Instagram, the morning Travis and I started our 24 Day Advocare Challenge.
The caption read: “The Iconic Before-shot.”
You know – all the “before” shots for diet pills and workout programs all look the same. Sad-faced, hunched over people who desperately need a change. I laugh at those ads. This was me poking fun at them.
People were not happy about that.
I got the “I’d kill for a body like that” remark. The “Why don’t you like the way you look?!?” And my personal favorite…”There’s no way you can support a nursing baby on this challenge.”
Some of the comments were from people just trying to encourage me…to tell me that I had a nice body. I’m thankful for those! We should raise one another up!! I love that mentality. Some of the other comments….were just mean….and I’m not even going to address them here today. I could have kept that picture to myself but I like to share my life and what we’re doing and if I’m going to be changing the way I live for an extended period of time, I want to be able to share it.
As I thought more and more about the picture, what bothered me the most was the overall assumption being made about me:
“If you’re doing a challenge or a cleanse you must not love your body.”
Not even close.
I LOVE my body. The current one I have right now. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that I’ve never been more content with my curves and my muscles and my shape than I am right now. I weigh 147 pounds (down 3 pounds since the challenge started….and I’m happy about that…is that wrong to say out loud?!? No.). In my darkest years, I remember thinking I was fat at 119 pounds. I hated my body.
Here’s what I want to say:
It’s ok to go on a cleanse or a “diet”. It’s ok to change your eating so that you’re not diving into a bowl of ice cream every.single.night. No matter your size.
It’s ok for a “skinny” person to want to lose weight. It’s all relative. Your fat might be my skinny or vice versa. Even though losing weight isn’t the big draw for me, I’m happy to be a little lighter right now. It’s ok to say that. It doesn’t mean I hate my body to want to lose an amount of weight that would make it healthier. It means that I’m taking the steps to FEEL BETTER.
It’s ok to eat clean all the time. I don’t personally do this but who am I to judge what makes someone else feel best.
It’s ok to do what works for you. And it’s also ok to not know what that perfect fit is right away. We have our whole lives to try different stuff out. Cleanse. Cut sugar. Go vegan. Go Paleo. Find what works.
To say that you should love your body.
That you should feel good in it.
That’s today’s message.
I’m doing this 24 day Challenge because I want to feel better. There’s a very big difference between wanting to feel better and wanting to feel better ABOUT oneself. I’ve got that last one down!
QUESTION: What are you thoughts on this?? Are you in love with your body?