It's 2012, and if you are like the millions of other women out there who are resolving to lose weight this year, it's time to find a new resolution! Resolutions to lose weight and exercise more are usually bound for frustration and breakdown because they set you up to fail. As women we put so much pressure on ourselves to have this perfect body (whatever that means). But it doesn't have to be that way. You can begin the new year in self-care and self-acceptance by simply loving who you are one day at a time. And P.S., you don't have to wait for January 1st to do it!
Many people get so caught up in the tradition of resolutions that they avoid making changes the rest of the year. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's bad to want to be better and feel better; striving for peace of mind and contentment are wonderful resolutions. However, punishing our bodies for the sake of fitting into society's twisted views of beauty is another thing entirely. Being our best selves is about loving our bodies and ourselves no matter what we weigh or what size our jeans are.
And so I propose that you resolve to celebrate your muffin top, cellulite, dimples and soft flesh today and every day. As Mark Twain said, "A woman cannot be comfortable without her own approval." AMEN! You can also practice this principle by telling other women how beautiful they are too. Pay it forward and help the world see that there is so much more to life than being obsessed with our bodies. Our bodies are a God given gift. We get to borrow these bodies temporarily, so treat them well, respect them, speak well of them and they will be good to you. That's it.
I wish you a happy new year, full of confidence, self-acceptance and a willingness to do things just a little differently today.
P.S. In addition to continuing to love myself this year, I also resolve to blog more and do my share of paying it forward :)