As a personal trainer it is somewhat hard to talk about this topic. I have been a personal trainer for a little over a year now and I have helped multiple people achieve their goals and see new hope for their lives. Whether it be a client who is looking to improve their health or a client looking to get in shape for their wedding, I have listened to the uncomfortable stories of how much they hate this or that about their bodies or how they want to look like (insert celebrity who has probably had work done). What worries me about these conversations is that they are not happy with the body that they were given.
Don’t get me wrong it is ok to not be happy (you can always make healthy changes) but at least appreciate that you have a body that is fully functional. Even if it is not, thank God for it. Some people are born with petite, slim, muscular or rounder shapes. Some are born with no left arm, no right hip socket (I actually had a client like this and that did not stop that firecracker of a woman!) or even no feet, but thats just it: this body is what we are born with. This sacred temple is the only thing that is truly ours and the only one we will ever own! We have to take care of it and the first step in doing so is appreciating every dimple, curve, abnormality, birthmark and mole.
Look in the mirror right now. No, seriously. Pull out your phone and put it on the front camera, stand in front of a full length mirror, look in the reflection of the window, whatever you have to do to really look at yourself. I want you to take a mental inventory of what you have before you. If you do not like what you see that is fine but what stands before you is in the image of The Creator. Remember that this body and all of its flaws were chosen just for you. Psalms 139:13 says “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb”. Do you know how hard it is to knit a scarf?! It takes time, intricate details and patience (i don’t have this hence why it is hard lol). God did the same to make you! I encourage you to really appreciate that beautifully toned skin, the shape of your nose, the color of your eyes, the curl of your (or the installed) lashes,…E V E R Y T H I N G!!! This body is yours free of charge. My mother always taught me that I better “appreciate what I have before it is gone”. With that being said, take your inventory and love the skin that you are in because you are fab!