I was thinking about how hard it often is to just LOVE YOURSELF and YOUR BODY – especially for us women.
Why are we so unhappy with our bodies?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had sort of a love-hate relationship with my own body, struggling especially with my weight. Since my childhood and through my teenage years, I’ve been overweight. And to this day, I still feel like I’m struggling and fighting although I’m also settling – on and off.
I’m settling into the feeling of being happy with what I’ve got. Yes, I may not look like a model (sigh). Yes, I may be technically overweight and have a BMI that’s higher than a normal BMI. Yes, I have body fat.
But I’m also healthy. I feel healthy. I can walk without any problems and without getting out of breath. I can run 5K…even if I run slowly and take walking breaks. I can do a 25 minute HIIT workout and not die. I can bend down to pick something off the floor without a care.
Last time I checked, my blood sugar was fine. My cholesterol numbers were fine. My blood pressure was fine. The only thing I suffer from is the occasional headache or migraine.
Should I then care that I’m slightly overweight, that I have body fat and don’t look like the women in the magazines or on Instagram?
But occasionally, I do. I do, because I’m human and a woman and because the grass is always greener on the other side.
Some women go to great lengths to change their bodies. Some women hate their bodies so much, they get plastic surgery…and sometimes they come out looking worse than when they went in – like in the “reality show” I saw the other day on Danish TV called My Plastic Nightmare.
I never understood why some women choose plastic surgery when it’s not necessary, simply because their vanity gets the better of them. I understand some cases, like when a woman (or man) has excess skin removed after a major weight loss. That’s not pure vanity, that (to me) is a necessity in order to be able to function properly in life.
But plastic surgery based purely on reasons of vanity…that I don’t understand. And that brings we back to my original question: Why are we so unhappy with our bodies?
Why do we always feel like we have to compare ourselves to others? It’s pointless, really, because no matter how much weight we lose or how much plastic surgery we get, we’ll never look like that one other persons we’re constantly trying to look like. It’s impossible.
I think we’re much better off simply focusing on changing our bodies (if we feel we must) for reasons of health. Focus on better health, on getting more energy, on having a better live because we can do certain things without problems or because we don’t have to medication every day.
And focus on loving ourselves and changing our body (naturally, not surgically) because we love our bodies – not because we hate our bodies.
It’s something that I myself am trying to practice … ❤️