Remember that old Whitney Houston song, “The Greatest Love of All”?
Yanno… this one:
How much attention have you paid to the words?
I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all
I struggled for a long time to find that self-love Whitney sings about. You see, I had a LOT of self-hate from an abusive relationship in high school. Sadly – after those 2 bad years, I spent another 20 yrs trying to regain the love I had for myself as a child. SIGH
But guess what? I’ve never been happier than I am now! Its TRUE! I think I’ve finally found the greatest love of all – love for myself.
You would think that being 5 weeks post-partum, with a lovely post-partum body (those of you who’ve had kids know what I’m talking about) I would feel crappy about myself. But I don’t. In fact I rather like my pooch – it reminds me of how wonderful my body is.
Somewhere over the past summer, I learned to eat healthy and exercise for the sheer joy of it. Being pregnant and exercising meant I was no longer stepping on the scale to see if my exercise efforts were producing results. Gone were the days of thermogenics, disordered eating and chronic over exercising. In fact, I only stood on the scale for midwife appointments – I used to be a 3x/day weigher.
I ran because it was FUN! And now I feel great because I can now exercise for the enjoyment – not to punish myself for eating 2 doughnuts for breakfast (yes, I did that yesterday 🙂 and I didn`t workout that day and it`s awesome!)
I want YOU to have that strong, confident feeling too, so I thought I’d share some tips with you:
- Throw out your scale, or at least remove the battery from it. STOP WEIGHING YOURSELF!
- Write down 3 things you like about yourself
- Write down 3 things other people would say they like about you
- Write those 6 things on sticky notes and put them around your mirror
- When you wake up each morning, read those notes. Read them until you BELIEVE them
- Smile – smile at your reflection in the mirror because you know what? That person you see looking at you is beautiful… inside & out.
Try it – I dare you.
No – I triple dog dare you!