Accepting your own "Jeans." 

I was working out to an old Tae Boe video and admiring the variety of people in the background. Very fit to 70 years of age. It got me thinking about how we all have different body types that God gave us. I talk a lot about this, but as a trainer I see it so much...the "ideal" body type that so many of us will never have that we all think we SHOULD have. Reality is that we never will because we were not created to look that way and that it is OKAY.  I know you have heard this before, but I think few of us are at peace with our body type. Full hips, muscular frame, tall and skinny, short and stalky we are all beautifully created and yet we are always looking at the girl next to us thinking we should be more like that. A friend once said to me, "I know I am not a pretty girl and never will be." I just thought, "You are gorgeous! What are you talking about?" She is beautiful and full of life and just radiates fun, and love for people. Beauty is so much more than we allow it to be.

One helpful thing I did when I was on the road to accepting my frame is finding pictures of girls who looked like me, but maybe were a bit healthier. I used them as my role model. It gave me confidence and really helped me to set realistic goals.

What is your story? How have you overcome todays pressures to look a certain way? We are real women with a real story. I would love to hear yours.

Monday, January 24, 2011 12:43:00 PM