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Sometimes it's hard to feel "pretty" while being pregnant-- I'm not saying it's impossible, by any means, but it can be hard. Your body is constantly changing and doing weird things and you have absolutely no control over any of it. I've got excessive amounts of water being retained in places it's never stuck before-- my hips, my thighs, my belly (obviously) you name it. I've caught myself on more than one occasion subconsciously scowling at my reflection in the mirror and thinking something mean about myself. It happens all the time! And it's so silly, really, because bodies are soooo cool and they make it possible for us to do cool things like climbing mountains, growin' babies, eating delicious foods, and hugging the people we love. Our bodies serve us in so many ways each and every day and most of the time all we do to say "thank you" is cast quizzical glares at it in the mirror and mumble something about how it's not "enough." 

Why is it so hard for us to be nice to ourselves? And why is it so dang easy to be mean to ourselves? Generally speaking, it's easy to put yourself down in terms of how you look these days-- especially as a woman. It makes me sad to hear another woman in a dressing room making negative comments about herself and the way she looks. It makes me sad to walk into the bathroom at a restaurant and catch a woman staring at her reflection in the mirror while wearing a look of serious distaste upon her face. It makes me sad to hear people I know and love making sly, under-the-table rude comments about themselves and their bodies. And although it makes me so sad, I am also one of those women who is totally guilty of doing all of those things! 

I don't want to think like that anymore. Instead of looking in the mirror in disgust, I want to look in the mirror and say, "Thanks, body. Thanks for helping me accomplish my goals and experience the world around me." I want to change the way I look at myself because I don't think anybody should ever spend their mirror-time staring back at themselves and saying horrible things. Satan is a real jerk for even putting thoughts like that in our heads in the first place-- but we can choose to listen to him or to ignore that kind of crap and fight back with positivity and kindness towards ourselves. 

Next time you look in the mirror and want to mumble something negative at the person staring back at you, hold your tongue. Stop that thought. Put that kind of negativity to rest once and for all. And then say something nice instead. Because you and your body are pretty awesome and you shouldn't spend your mirror time being mean to yourself. Being negative about ourselves seems to be one of the easiest bad habits to fall into these days-- so learning to change the way we think and be positive about ourselves is going to take a bit of time and a whole lot of effort-- but it's so, so important.

Treat your body right because you love your body, not because you hate your body. Choose to eat better foods, work out, and pamper yourself because you LOVE your body, not because you hate it. When you really strive to view yourself and your body in a positive manner, it will change not only the way you feel about your body, but also the way you choose to treat your body. 

I think it's time we all start treating ourselves a little nicer.
It's something I feel passionate about and I'm going to do my best to do so.


xx

5 comments

  1. Couldn't agree more with your thoughts. I am of the 'fake it till you make it' mentality - and I believe that if you have those unhappy feelings about yourself and your body and you replace those with positive thoughts then eventually you will start believing them. Even if at first you don't.

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    1. I love that! Seriously though, it's so true. If you start making yourself think in a positive way, you'll ultimately start thinking positively by default.

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  2. Also p.s. I have that same Mickey Mouse shirt :)

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  3. agreed! or people eating "cheat foods"?! like whyyyyy can't you just eat what you want lol. love your thoughts on self love! you got this!

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    1. haha YES!!! The phrase "cheat food" makes me laugh because I feel the same way. It's not cheating. Just eat it. Eat what makes you happy and be happy about it. haha

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