Whether you have body image issues or not, eating disorders attack the body. Write today, whether poetry, list, stream of consciousness or whatever way you choose about what you appreciate your body for, what parts of your body you treasure most and why.
My top five body appreciation parts:
(Hahahaha! Who would have ever thought I’d be writing something like this?!!!! I remember all the times they asked me for just one good thing about myself and even with suggestions I couldn’t do it! Now, I whittled my list to five in order to save my wrists and hands on the typing because I have three entries to write - I take the weekend off from writing. Anyway, when I wrote the title with a giggle, it just struck me as such a miracle/gift/oddity. I’m looking forward to this. What?!! J)
- My feet – I’ve always liked my feet. This one stands at number one because I can’t really remember a time that I HATED my feet. I don’t know if I can say this about any other part of my body. My feet have been true companions if you will. I did break my big toe a couple months ago and it was extremely ugly but it’s almost back to normal. Still a little on the swollen side but I’d say all in all… my feet are still pretty cute. Also, my feet are pretty amazing, functionally speaking. I have excellent balance, strong toes and pretty decent flexibility in my toes. How cool that I can dive the way I can much thanks to my feet!
- My hair – Now this was in top competition for the number one spot because my hair has provided hours upon hours upon hours of pure entertainment. I love playing with my hair and creating funky do’s and trying on different colors. My sister encouraged me to be a hair dresser for a long time because I have so much fun with it. She and I used to have races to see who could French braid our own hair the fastest, then backwards, then inside out. I once made an affirmation art therapy scrapbook for an assignment and title it ‘Crazy Hair’. I still have it. My hair has spoken to my personality, my mood, my acceptance or rebellion, my self-worth and altogether me over the years. My hair is an expression and I love expressing me.
- My hips – Yeah and it’s number 3!!! I never, ever thought I’d appreciate my hips. I fought against my hips. I put my hands over them as if cutting off that section of my body when I looked in the mirror praying they would disappear one day. You know the drill. I just wanted them cut off. Well today that’s not the case. One thing I’ve learned in recovery is to love other women. In turn, I’ve learned to love myself as a woman. This did not happen overnight nor did I consciously work on, getting rid of the fear of having a woman’s figure. The hatred of my hips kinda just slowly but surely faded into the background. Then, after a time, I started to see beauty in them. Amazing.
- My tummy – My tummy is my signal. It signals when I’m straying from my course. Warning, warning, warning! Any mind games or food games I play, I will recognize the consequences of them in my tummy. Whether that’s in the form of feeling bloated, seeing new weight added, having cramps, having gastrointestinal problems or feeling empty and flat, it will reveal where I’m at with my body image and my abstinence. It’s a gift really. I don’t have to wonder what’s up with me for too long before my tummy tells all. Heehee.
- My shoulders – I’m strong. My shoulders are broad, yet feminine. I love my strength and athleticism and find a quiet comfort in that. I love that my shoulders allow me to carry a posture of confidence and openness. I pull my shoulders back, open my eyes and welcome the world in. And it’s so, so beautiful.
Enjoy Your Body - it's the only one you've got!!! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!