Hey guys! My name is Kimmy and I’ve struggled with my body image for a very long time. It’s a terrible feeling & it’s a feeling I continue to battle. I love this blog, because it is so inspiring to see so many beautiful women and men embracing their bodies and loving themselves without hesitation. I recently read a quote by Oprah that summed up the importance of self-love, self confidence, self-worth, and self awareness:
“Step Away from the Mean Girls…
…and say bye-bye to feeling bad about your looks.
Are you ready to stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others.
This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the story line that says you’re too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world.”
This quote speaks to me on so many levels. I have stretch marks, I have cellulite on my thighs, my arms jiggle, my tummy rolls when I sit, and society tells me that all of this, somehow, makes me less desirable, less valuable, less beautiful, less of a person.
Although it is nice to want to be fit and be healthy and look pretty and wear nice clothes, it is NOT cool to put down other men or women because they don’t meet societies standards, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, it is not cool to put yourself down or buy into other people’s petty criticisms of your body. It’s YOUR body & I think it’s time we all took control of our bodies and redefine “beauty”.
BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!
my blog: http://thekheartlife.tumblr.com/