6 Ways to Be Body Positive

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What does it mean to be “body positive”?  Well, it means that you celebrate all bodies.  Regardless of size, but also color, ability, and gender, you love the diversity of bodies.  And all bodies are good!

It means that you let go of the idea that there is a “right” way to eat, and a right way to live and a right way to work out.

See my picture up there?  I took it on a whim, with no makeup, having only lost about 8 pounds out of the 100 I am aiming for, with my hair a bit, um, less-than-coiffed.  But guess what?  I love this picture!  I love my body!

My body serves me well.  It tells me when I am tired and I need to sleep.  It tells me when I am hungry, and what sounds good.  It lifts heavy weights, slowly but surely building lean tissue that helps me get stronger.  Why wouldn’t I love my body?  Good question.  

The answer is because I learned not to love my body.  Ever since I was a little girl, I understood what the ideal was: to be thin, fit, energetic, beautiful, to eat less than men, to be athletic but feminine.  The list goes on.

Being body positive is about rejecting the story you have heard from the media and our culture.  It’s about being positive about everything that your body is about.  Whatever size you are.  Whatever face you have.  Whatever abilities you enjoy.  Your body is yours.

So how can you be more body positive?  I have 6 ways to help you get started:

  1. Being fat is just a statement.  If someone says “I am fat.” then accept it.  It is not a loaded comment designed for a “No, you’re not!” or “But you’re beautiful!” response.  Responding that way defines the word “fat” as a bad thing.  Fat is just fat.  Embrace it.
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  2. Everyone’s body is theirs.  Not yours.  You don’t have the right to comment on someone else’s body with authority about what they should be doing.  Don’t tell them what to do at the gym.  Don’t tell them what to eat.  Unless they invite you into a conversation, don’t assume they need information from you.  And even then keep it to a conversation about health, not an opportunity for you to tell them how it is.
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  3. Some fat people know about nutrition.  Some don’t.  Some thin people know about nutrition.  Some don’t.  Some fat people know about working out.  Some don’t.  Some thin people know about working out.  Some don’t.  Don’t assume that the way a body looks on the outside means anything about that person’s knowledge of calories, nutrition, food choice, wellness, fitness, weight-lifting, or other fitness topics.
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  4. Media portrayals of “healthy bodies” is based on an external aesthetic.  The abs on the cover of a fitness magazine are represented by a specific body type that can achieve that kind of ab definition.  It’s genetics plus hard work.  You may or may not have that body type.  Even with hard work, your fit and healthy body may not look like that.  But you are still healthy and fit.  See the problem there?  Reject the notion that fitness magazines are portraying a variety of fitness.  The scope is narrow.  So remember: if you don’t look like that magazine cover, it doesn’t mean you cannot have a fit body, kickass abs, and feel sexy and healthy.
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  5. Be loving.  It’s not that hard.  You are not better or worse than anyone else, especially based on your body size or composition.  Remember that as you go throughout your day.  Do you judge someone for eating more than you think they should?  Do you judge yourself?  Start paying attention.  Catch yourself.  Make a change.
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  6. Love your body, today.  Not when you reach your goal weight.  Not when you are feeling better.  Not next year.  Not when you were in college.  Not before you had kids.  NOW.

Rebel with me, my weight-lifting, body-accepting friends!  We don’t need to be hating ourselves.  Reject Diets. Eat the Food. Lift Heavy Things. Love your Body.

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Comments

  1. valerie says:

    Love it!!! You are such a kick ass, amazing, wonderful, beautiful lady. Yeehaw.

  2. Yaaaaay!! I love you. And I don’t even know you. Lol. Great article! *share share share*

  3. And love Kendahl! Because she is, in a word, inspiration.

  4. Beautifully written! I know that I need to retrain my brain as well.

  5. Nicole Reilly says:

    I am so proud of you. ( and i don’t even “know” you. but i feel like i do!)
    You are such an inspiration. Keep it up girl!

  6. HoneyBee says:

    Fantastic post! And you look great! It’s nice to hear that a non-media-perfect body can be considered healthy. I have vertigo, so exercise is really hard. I try to walk as much as I can, and I do yoga, and try to eat healthy, but the inches are stubborn! However, I love my body ( and so does my man! ) as it carried three beautiful healthy babies, my pride and joy!

  7. I absolutely love this! Such a great post about body positivity and how to accomplish it. I will definitely refer back to this post whenever I am having a day where I’m feeling down about myself. 🙂

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