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Monday, May 10, 2010

Inspiration from What Not to Wear...

I am a huge fan of the show What Not to Wear on TLC. Probably because it would be a dream come true for me to have someone hand me $5000 to go shopping for a new wardrobe, and then make me beautiful with new hair and makeup. I also love watching the people go through such amazing transformations.

I know beauty really is about what is on the inside, but our outer appearance is often a reflection of how we feel about and value our body.

On the show you will often hear the person receiving the makeover say that they want to wait until they are a certain size or weight to buy cute clothes. Or that they don’t deserve the attention. In one of the episodes Clinton in his mighty wisdom expressed how important it is to take care of yourself in your current situation, and that as you come to love your body the way it is you will probably start to take better care of it. In the end you will be more successful at reaching that desired weight or clothing size you were hoping for.

From one of Jillian Michaels books she talks about what it took for her to finally make the changes she needed to in order to lose the weight she had gained when she was a teenager. She says, “It wasn't until I started to love and accept my body-and work with it rather than against it-that i got real results".

I completely believe these statements.
How often do we throw on the clothes that are comfy, yet ugly, because it supposedly hides all our trouble spots, and makes us blend into the background?

I am guilty.

On those days I find it so much harder to eat healthy and take care of my body. I begin to pick out all my flaws, and my ugliness is emphasized. From there it is a downward spiral.

Why even try, right?

Now I don’t want to give the message that we should all take hours each day to make us look pretty, and I understand that some days we are lucky to get a shower. Even more I know that most of us don’t have access to a $5000 shopping spree. But we can all find a few minutes to do those things that make us feel better about the way we look.

I guess what it comes down to is having an attitude change. What is it that is holding you back from reaching your fitness and health goals? Are you discouraged every time you look in the mirror? Do you feel pretty? I challenge you to find ways to feel beautiful, even if you are 60 lbs over what you think beautiful should look like.

It is time for us to all show our body a little LOVE!

You have to see your inner beauty and accept your body the way it is if you ever want to make any changes. It is what will get you through the hard times and temptations.

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