Many of us criticise our bodies saying that some bits are too big, other bits are too small. Some bits are too saggy and some are too wobbly. Blotches, red bits, pimples, wrinkles and hair in wrong places. I’ve struggled with body image off and on. Particularly I haven’t liked to have my legs on show. It took me forever to get to a place where I could run in shorts and allow my thighs to be seen. It took a trip to the tropics and humidity for me to buy my first pair of running shorts. Why don’t we love our bodies no matter what? They are wonderful! For those of us who are mothers our bodies bring children into our families. We work hard. We achieve wonderful things. What’s not to love about our bodies no matter what they look like?
This has particularly been brought home to me in the last few days with the tragic accidental death of a young mum in our community here in the Meander Valley, Tasmania Australia. She will never get to grow old and get wrinkles and funny veins and grey hair; aches and pains and stiff bits due to work and play. She won’t be there to see her little girls grow up.
Growing old is a privilege. Despite how the body changes I plan to celebrate and love every aging bit of me AND I will wear shorts when it’s hot!
Every breath you take is one step closer to your last. Dive in and make every moment count
Have you seen the Australian documentary called Embrace? Tarryn Brumfitt is the creator of this film and founder of The Body Image Movement. Please seek it out and watch it. Her personal story of learning to embrace and love her body is truly inspiring.
My body is not an ornament, it is a vehicle to my dreams
After several months of no running I love my legs even more than ever before. Despite the wobbly dimpled skin on my thighs, my legs can run and I love them. This is what I wrote after the first time I was brave enough to run in shorts and to get over the negative body image I had:
Before running this is what I thought of my legs and why I would keep them as covered up as possible:
- they are fat
- they are coated in dimply cellulite (yuck)
- they have fat spongy bits behind each knee
- they have ankles without any shape
- they are ugly
Running has made me reconsider my body image – particularly that of my legs…
What do I think of my legs now? Now that I’ve been running for a few years?
- they have taken on the challenge of running and have carried me for 100s or kms
- they get stiff and sore but keep running on
- they still are coated with cellulite which I think is yucky but even with this they keep plodding on
- the ankles have got slimmer and have never looked so good!
- they are loved by me, fat bits, wobbly bits, unattractive spider veins and all
How can I not love my legs when they have taken up the challenge of running and making my dreams of becoming a runner come true?
Please consider seeking out the documentary Embrace, it’s worth the time to watch it.
Happy running 🙂
PS if you don’t love your body, please click this link: The Body Image Movement and scroll to the bottom of the page and look at some of Tarryn’s blog posts. It’s about time we all started to love the skin we are in. Could this be something for us all to work on in 2017?