I usually talk about a handful my favorite things on Fridays, but I wanted to spend today’s post just talking about one favorite thing.
Yesterday, I received an email from the Huffington Post, highlighting some of the stories of the day. I was immediately drawn to this headline:
This Woman Wants To Change How All Of Us See Our Bodies
You may have seen this story circulating around social media, Tara Brumfitt is on a mission to change how women think and talk about their bodies. Tara “is on a mission to convince every woman to love her body as it is, to stop buying into corporate messages about beauty, and to change the vocabulary listed above for good. She plans to do so by creating a documentary called “EMBRACE,” that will explore why body loathing is so commonplace and what we can do to change that reality.”
I highly recommend you listen to her story here:
Watching this video, tears welled up in my eyes, I got chills, my stomach sank…. I felt like she was inside my head. She talks about how her body image did not change even when she was at her fittest. She says that even when she was in amazing shape, the body bashing still continued in her mind.. .she was never good enough. As someone who has been critical of herself her entire life, I completely resonated with this video.
I can’t recall a day when I have been ‘at peace’ with my body. I have never EMBRACED my body for what it is, I have always just talked badly about it (mostly to myself, like Tara does in the mirror). Here I am training for an Ironman and I’m probably in the best shape of my life, yet I still find ways to criticize my body, daily. Disliking my body has just seemed ‘the norm’ all these years, and that’s why this video really made my heart sink. Sometimes I don’t even want to look in the mirror because I know I will be critical. I envy women who are CONFIDENT in their own skin (this has never been me). At thirty years old, I am getting to the point where I am fed up with these negative thoughts and I want to change how I view my body. It’s not an easy task, but I am sick and tired of feeling like this.
As I watched the video, I could not believe how many of the women she interviewed said negative things about themselves. It was then I realized, this is exactly how I am. It’s so sad. What’s the point? Instead of getting angry at myself for feeling like this, I am on a mission to change it.
In a HuffPost blog post, Brumfitt admitted that the journey from body hater to body lover was not easy. “It’s taken a lot of effort, time and energy but I can tell you there is nothing better than a.) loving your body wholeheartedly, lumps and bumps and all and b.) telling society where they can shove their ideals of beauty,” she wrote.
Here’s to feeling confident in your own skin. Here’s to embracing who you are. The way I see it, we are only given one life, one body, we should respect who we are (inside and out). All of it.
How do you deal with negative thoughts about your body?
What do you do that helps with body confidence?