Wednesday, August 31, 2016

3 Reasons Why I Decided to Embrace My Body (And Why You Should Too)

I have contemplated for months about posting these pictures. What will my family think, the readers of this blog, will I be perceived as something that I'm not? This was supposed to be something for fun, something to be proud of all the hard work at the gym that I had put in and yet I had so many questions and concerns about letting the world see these pictures, let alone I was judging myself and wondering if they were even good enough to post. As the days had went on I had just forgotten about them and thought that maybe they just won't make it to the blog. Fast forward to now and I can't just bring myself to hide these. Why should I have to hide my body and true self in fear of society's judgement? It was time I did something different, stood up for myself, and loved it the whole way there. So here's three reasons why I decided to put these pictures up and embrace what my Momma gave me.

1. It was about time I loved myself for me.
The quote "No one is going to love if you don't love yourself." rings true. How can we expect someone to love us for everything that we are if we can't even love what we see in the mirror? My whole outlook in life begins with me. Change begins with me and my positivity begins with the first step of liking what I see. When I look at myself I can compare, nitpick, complain for hours but am I really doing myself any good with that? No! You would be surprised at the drastic change in energy when you start to treat yourself the way you want others to treat you. 

2. I was my own worst critic and I got tired of it.
It gets exhausting after awhile when you constantly attack your body for everything that it's not. It takes a toll on yourself and well being and frankly, it's not healthy. Sure we can seek self improvement, there's nothing wrong with that but there's a fine line between making minor changes and bashing your body over and over again. While other people are telling me that I look great I saw something completely different. No matter what I was doing I was still judging myself until one day I got tired of it, I took a look at myself in the mirror and said "Damn, I look pretty f**kin good!" It became second nature to check myself out and realize that I had it going on.

3. It was time I was grateful for the healthy body I was given.
Working in the medical field has definitely opened my eyes and snapped me back to the reality of "there's always someone out there who has it worse." It's definitely an eye opener when you see and come in contact with all the different things that can go wrong with your body. I never knew how ungrateful I was until I came face to face with others who were having issues with simple things like breathing or eating any food that you wanted. There are definitely plenty of things we take advantage of and we don't realize how precious and great they are until we're fighting for them again. I'm a perfectly healthy 25 year old who loves to go to the gym and be on the go and it's about time I start embracing it. I'm only this young once and I hardly doubt when I'm old that I'm going to say to myself, "Damn, I wish I didn't post those pictures." So it's about time I appreciate my health for what it's worth and love it. 

Set: Calvin Klein | Denim Button Up: Thrifted | Shoes: Converse
Photography by: @Madfaithphotography

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