Two Tips to Stay Body Positive

Two Tips to Stay Body Positive

Don't get lost in what you think everyone expects you to look like
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It is 2107, and although there are many attempts to promote body positivity, it can still be hard to look at yourself in a positive way. On one hand, we have people like Ashley Graham who are killing the model game and then we have “plus sized” models who are in actuality a size 4 instead of a size triple zero. With the mixed messages being sent, it is kind of hard to feel like you’re “socially acceptable”.

Here are two ways to stay positive about your body.

1. Be Kind

Every morning after my shower, I look in the mirror and compliment at least one thing about myself. It is really easy to say, “my thighs are too big” or “I look bloated today.”

However, looking at yourself and finding something new and positive to say about yourself daily, will help you appreciate who you are. Keeping a log of all your positive comments along with the dates is a great way to boost your confidence whenever you are feeling not so confident. It is a reminder that each day there was something you found unique about your body, so unique in fact that you complimented it.

I also found this to be helpful when I started working out. Looking at myself I could see my body changing which motivated me to go to the gym. Seeing the transformation daily allowed me to feel how much control I had over my body. Seeing the working progress reminded me that I wasn’t getting smaller, but I was getting more toned, and living a healthier lifestyle.

2. Don’t Compare

It seems like forever, people have always compared themselves to others. Saying things like, “I wish I had her butt” or “her stomach is so much flatter than mine” may seem harmless, but let’s be truthful, it makes you feel like what you already have isn’t good enough. I always have to remind myself that what celebrities have isn’t always real.

Like yea sure Gigi Hadid really has that stomach, but she also has the money for the personal trainer, nutritionist, and whatever else you may need to maintain Gigi Hadid’s body. Those goals aren’t realistic because I know at least for me; their bank accounts will never match mine unless they somehow go broke. Also, sometimes their bodies aren’t real. For the longest time I didn’t want to believe that Khloe Kardashian’s but was real because she was working out until I had someone explain to me that her butt to thigh ratio is humanly impossible.

Instead, set reasonable goals for your body. Don’t use someone else’s body for inspiration; use your own body as your inspiration. Don’t say you want someone else’s body feature, instead focus on how you can improve yourself healthily. It is easy to get caught up in an intense workout plan until you crash and burn. It is okay to pace yourself. Never try to “perfect” yourself. Your mind is constantly growing and changing, so is your body. Don’t strive for perfect instead strive for a healthy better.

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I Drank Lemon Water For A Week And Here's What Happened

It has already changed my life.

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There are so many health crazes out there now, it's hard to tell what actually works and what doesn't; or more importantly what is healthy and what is making your body worse. I read about simply drinking lemon water and I figured that didn't sound gross or bad for me so I figured I would give it a try. I've been drinking it consistently for a week and a half and I already notice some results.

I've never been a fan of lemon in my water, I always refuse it at restaurants. You definitely have to find your sweet spot in lemon to water ratio, in what tastes good to you. I personally cut the lemon into quarters and use on quarter per day. I put the lemon quarter in the bottle and then continuously fill with water throughout the day. I still get the yummy lemon flavor all day because I do not squeeze the lemon. It took about a bottle or two to get used to the lemon flavor, and now I just crave it.

Lemon water is supposed to speed up your metabolism. Obviously, a week is not long enough to tell if this is fact or fiction but I have noticed a change in appetite. I feel like I do not get hungry as often as I did before. I saw this effect within 24-48 hours of starting the experiment. This seems opposite to a fast metabolism but we'll see.

I definitely feel more hydrated with lemon water. I drink a lot of water anyways, about 80 oz a day but for some reason with the lemon, it makes me feel better. I don't feel as sluggish, I'm not getting hot as easily, and my skin feels amazing. I am slightly skeptical though because the lemon almost makes my tongue dry requiring me to drink more water, so I have upped my intake by about 20oz. I'm unsure if the hydration is due to the extra water, the lemon, or both!

My face is clearing up and feels so much softer too, in only a week! I have not gotten a new pimple since I have started my lemon water kick, may be coincidence but I'm not going to argue with it.

I also feel skinnier as I feel like I'm not holding as much water weight. I only exercise lightly, for the most part, walking around a mile or two a day so we can eliminate exercise factor to the slender feeling.

I have a messy stomach. Everything upsets it, and even though lemons are very acidic, they have not affected me in a negative way at all. It almost seems like the lemon water is helping me digest the difficult foods that my stomach doesn't like. I'm nowhere near a doctor so don't trust my word but it seems to be working for me.

From the effects I've felt so far, it also seems like lemon water may be a great hangover cure! I haven't tried it but I don't see why it wouldn't work. I can't say a negative thing about drinking lemon water so far expect you have to buy the lemons! If you try this for yourself though just make sure you are using an enamel saving mouthwash or toothpaste since lemons aren't so great for your teeth.

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Body Positivity Is A Journey, Not A Destination

You should love every part of yourself.

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Body positivity and self-love are expansive topics. Ones that warrant as many perspectives, opinions, and ideas as possible. They need to be accepted and spoken about more in our daily lives, as they have such an impact. The sheer power they have over women, and men, these days is hard to explain. But, whether we consciously think about it or not, we are defining ourselves and our value based on external standards.

These are topics I have struggled with my entire life, and because of this, I think it's important to share my experiences and thoughts with readers too.

As far as I can remember, I've never loved my body. I've had numerous times when I've felt beautiful or confident, but that was always in spite of my body.

I've been told all my life that being overweight means that you can't be beautiful or worthy of the attention and love you seek. This isn't said out-right to my face, cause who would be that cruel? But, I've been called fat before. I've been rejected because of this before. I've been hurt before.

I've gone through times when I didn't want to leave the house because I didn't like the way I looked. And there are still times when I think people are just looking at me and judging me based on my body.

I can't stop people from calling me names, or from judging me. But, I can stop myself.

Body positivity is about accepting and loving your body, not only when you're the "perfect" size, but when you're all the sizes in-between. It is a mentality and a journey that requires a shift in how you see yourself.

I haven't lost any weight recently, but I feel more confident.

I have to change how I see myself in that I need to see myself through my own eyes, not the eyes of people I don't even know.

Instead of trying to dress how everyone else does, or at times how people my size are deemed they should, I dress to my comfort. I buy and wear clothes that FIT me, not what I want to fit me.

These are just a part of the journey that is self-love. I say journey because to be honest, it's not a destination. There might never be a time when you are "done" and forever happy with your body. That's okay.

Because there is no "goal" per say, you are free to have periods when you can't stand to look at a mirror without the idea that you're falling backward. You can feel amazing one week, then feel like shit, and you're still making progress.

You might think I'm crazy for saying this. Like, how can you be better if you feel worse? You're better because you are becoming more in-tuned with your body. You've felt happy before and you can again.

Don't get me wrong, this is super hard to do. It's not a quick flip of a switch. It's an entire mentality and lifestyle. And the more I think about it, the more I realize that body positivity is a key concept in self-love.

You are not your body, but your body is you. And you should love every part of you.

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