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A Positive Body Image Does Mean Prioritizing Your Health


For some reason our society thinks that accepting, appreciating and loving your body somehow means that you’re going to give up. You’ll become a “complacent” couch potato, who never takes good care of yourself.

Once you accept how you look right now, you’ll somehow abandon your health and “let yourself go.” (Wow, do I hate that phrase.)

But that’s the same as saying that when you’re seething with self-loathing, you’ll suddenly do everything you can to lead a satisfying life. Filled with self-hatred you’ll somehow want to feel fantastic and turn to fulfilling, healthy habits to do just that.

But, of course, you won’t. Because you’ll think that you’re not good enough. That you’re incredibly unworthy. And the last thing you’ll want to do is honor and respect your body or your health.

2 thoughts on “A Positive Body Image Does Mean Prioritizing Your Health

  • August 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I prioritized my health when I squeezed in a workout that really got my heart rate up in the midst of a stressful and crazy day. Felt so good!

    I also focused on health when I drank less of my daily Diet Coke than I typically do! It feels better in my body when I incorporate moderation into my day.

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  • August 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I struggle to find a balance between accepting my body and wanting to change it. I’ve used “I can be beautiful at any size” as a justification to make choices that damage my wellbeing. I can be beautiful at any size…but I won’t be healthy if I don’t change my lifestyle.
    In my search for greater wellbeing, I’m loving all of the positive women I’ve found online who focus on what matters – health and self-love – instead of superficial media-driven body images.
    Thanks for being one of those women, Margarita!

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