With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, February can become a month of obsessing and searching for love, which is great, but it’s become directed at finding another person to love and appreciate YOU. Of course, it’s great to have that special someone, but what 2016 really needs to be about is LOVING YOURSELF FIRST.
Falling in love with your body is a great place to start! Your body has endless capabilities and connects you to being alive.
So this month, Amanda and I teamed up to bring you a special February dedicated to #loveyourbody! We’re so excited to support you in a month of loving YOURSELF! We want you to think of your body as an incredible gift and experience the privilege of taking amazing care of YOU!
Here’s what you’ll get during the February #loveyourbody Month:
- Mondays: Specific tips and advice from Christine to get you falling in love with your body!
- Thursdays: Amanda’s newsletter with a brand new awesome workout for the week dedicated to #loveyourbody!
- Sundays: A “brain training” exercise from Amanda and Christine to help you achieve a new level of love and appreciation for your body!
- Daily Workout Calendar
- This action-oriented, positive Interactive daily checklist to keep you on track.
- 29 Day Challenge (yes it’s leap year!)
SO LET’S GET STARTED!
Loving and feeling great in and about your body is the best gift you can give yourself!
I learned that the hard way.
For years I battled my body, made commitments to myself and then threw them out the window. I said horrible things to myself about my body, started over every Monday and ate my emotions. That kind of relationship with my own body kept me feeling stuck, pretty powerless and robbed me of a lot of self-confidence.
I knew something had to give. But, it’s impossible to create lasting change if you come from a place of negativity about what you want to shift.
I had to make peace with my body. It was quite a journey learning to love and treat my body with respect, but so worth it. When you learn to love, honor and appreciate your body, the results are astounding and have far reaching effects on the rest of your life. Not only are your thoughts about yourself and your body different, the way you approach life and what you believe in for yourself also dramatically shifts.
What does it mean to “love your body” and how do you get there?
The key is to build a beautiful relationship with your OWN body. Think about someone you love dearly in your life right now. What are the things you do regularly in the relationship to keep that person close to your heart and the connection strong? You probably show respect, appreciation and support. I bet you also listen and offer help, apologize when necessary, think of them often, show it in your actions and say thank you frequently.
The way you approach a relationship with someone you love is the same way to think about building a loving relationship with your body!
So what does a loving relationship with your body look like? Imagine feeling happy, beautiful and proud in your body. You create a standard for what you want to feel and look like in your body and that standard is YOURS. It’s not based on what someone else thinks or what you see on the cover of a magazine. And instead of feeling stuck in your body, you are deeply connected and appreciate all that it has to offer.
At the moment, you may feel somewhat disconnected from your body and fail to love it for all the amazing things it has to offer. You might even feel stuck in your body and have lots of complaints about it. Even worse, if you’re like most people, you think about taking care of your body like work and something to do only when it isn’t functioning or looking the way you want.
Here’s a different way to think about your body and to start on the journey of love for it:
Consider it a privilege to have your amazing body and an honor to take care of it. Taking care of your body connects you to being alive!
P.S. If you struggle with emotional eating like most of us, click here to read my recent blog on how to “Shift Emotional Eating”!