12 Ways to Love Your Body Starting Right Now

12 Ways to Love Your Body Starting Right Now

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12 ways to love your body starting right nowWhen talking about romantic relationships, you’ll often hear quotes about love being more than just a feeling—it’s also an action. Love is a verb more so than a noun, they say. It’s as much about what you do as it is about how you feel.

I think the truth in that philosophy applies beyond our relationship with our partners or spouses; it’s also relevant to the way we think about (and therefore treat) our bodies.

In other words, if we want to love our bodies, we have to start acting like it!

Here are some ideas for how you can do just that, beginning this very second.

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1. Make a love list.

Think about what you truly love about your body, and then actually write it down! Afterwards you can put the list in your wallet or tape it to your mirror—somewhere you’ll see it multiple times a day.

2. Spoil your body.

Take a long, hot bath. Go get a manicure (or give yourself one). Go for a stroll. Whatever will make your body feel especially good today.

3. Dance!

Bonus points if you get your partner or kids to join in.

4. Eat something wonderful.

What’s that one food that’s been on your mind lately? It could be anything from fresh seasonal fruit to a straight-from-the-oven brownie. Today, make the time to cook that food or buy it from the best place possible. Then eat it slowly and mindfully, savoring every bite.

5. Laugh.

In the gut-busting, ouch-my-sides-hurt kind of way!

6. Celebrate your body with the one you love.

Kiss. Hold hands. Have sex. Find a way to share your body with that special someone in a way that makes you both feel comfortable and loved.

7. Stand tall.

As you go throughout your day, walk with the confidence of someone who has self-esteem to spare. Head up, shoulders back. Often just looking confident will then translate into feeling confident.

8. Dress the part.

Ditch the oversized t-shirt and instead opt for clothes that are both comfortable and stylish.

9. Break a sweat.

Not as a form of punishment for eating ice cream, and not in a way that makes you feel like you’re going to die. Let’s aim for some joyful movement, instead.

10. Marvel at the machine.

Your body produces 300 billion new cells every day.  Your liver can regenerate itself. And for some of us, our bodies created, grew, and delivered new life. What’s not to love?

11. Take a nap.

It will feel oh-so-good!

12. Ditch the scale.

My guess is that you think about your weight way, way, way too often. Forget the number, ignore the size, and move on with your day.

How will you show your body some love today? 

Did you enjoy this post? If so, I bet other women would too—please share it with them!

image via Mayra Linares

40 Comments

  1. Wendy
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 08:22:39

    I will go for a long swim, be mindful of how I hold our daughter (so the sore shoulder can heal), eat yummy healthy food, and nap (Ojala!).

    I might even increase my water intake and savor a long post-swim shower.

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 02, 2014 @ 14:58:56

      Sounds wonderful, Wendy!

      Reply

  2. Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 10:28:29

    Love this, Katie! I have always been blessed with a healthy, relatively fit body, but having a second baby has affected my body a lot more than the first, and I’ve had a lot more frustration and negative feelings about my body lately than I’ve felt in a long time! Thanks for the reminder about how amazing it really is.

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 02, 2014 @ 15:00:22

      Maintaining a positive body image is especially tough after our bodies go through major changes!

      Reply

  3. Abigail McDonald
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 15:24:42

    These are great tips, Katie. There was a great post on Lisa-Jo Baker (a guest post from Emily Wierenga) about this same topic. Check it out, because it. is. awesome. I love how you say to exercise not as a form of punishment, but because of the joy movement brings. So true! And yes, we have to DO something to love our body. I think any woman can relate to this post.

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 03, 2014 @ 08:23:20

      I’ll definitely check out the post, Abby. I follow Lisa-Jo Baker but am super behind on reading blogs. Thanks for the tip!

      Reply

  4. Cathy Haynes
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 15:57:19

    Thank you Katie for such an important reminder! Yes, my thighs jiggle when I walk but my legs work, and that is a blessing. My expanding middle grew a baby inside (miracle!) and is now a soft lap for kittens. My life is easy and food is plentiful and my figure reflects that. And my face reflects 52 years of laughing and living. I love my body!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 03, 2014 @ 08:21:38

      AMEN, Cathy! Embrace it all!

      Reply

  5. Lynn
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 16:19:53

    Great post~ I love it! Sharing on Twitter. Thanks for this– I needed the reminder today!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 03, 2014 @ 08:21:06

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Lynn!

      Reply

  6. Ruby
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 16:42:15

    You are so inspirational Katie. I am in love with the positive energy and the lessons this reminds us of…cannot wait to share with my daughter!!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 03, 2014 @ 08:20:42

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Ruby! I’m loving the positive energy all around us right now!

      Reply

  7. Topaz @ The Art of a Beautiful Life
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 16:43:54

    Love this list, Katie! We definitely should be celebrating our bodies for the sheer fact of what they can do. We take for granted so much. Let’s move and celebrate our fabulous bodies!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 03, 2014 @ 08:20:10

      YES, YES, YES!

      Reply

  8. Tamara
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 17:20:41

    I ate a cookie! It’s like you said – eat something wonderful that your body wants.
    And for dinner, I’ll eat something healthy.
    I love this list so much!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 03, 2014 @ 08:19:41

      It’s a perfect balance!

      Reply

  9. Nina
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 17:55:56

    Gotta love the advice to dance and eat well! Dance (or any exercise really) helps me appreciate my body more. Couple that with eating right, and you feel like you’re on your way to being truly healthy.

    Totally different compared to when I don’t work out or when I eat processed food 🙁

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 03, 2014 @ 08:19:19

      Moving my body helps me to develop a stronger appreciation for it too.

      Reply

  10. Dana
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 21:04:00

    My body loves exercise, even when my mind doesn’t. I dragged myself out of bed to take a class at the gym this morning, and my body was very pleased. Now it wants to sleep, so I’m going to oblige!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 03, 2014 @ 08:18:25

      It’s amazing how much better we feel when we actually listen to our bodies!

      Reply

  11. another jennifer
    Jul 02, 2014 @ 21:29:11

    Love this list! Dance parties are regular for me. I should spoil my body more. I had a hot stone massage a couple weeks ago that was amazing. I’m heading over to the fridge for a peanut butter cup now!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 03, 2014 @ 08:17:46

      I’ve never had a hot stone massage! Or any massage, actually. Ridiculous, right?

      Reply

  12. Pam Garrett
    Jul 03, 2014 @ 07:42:07

    What a fantastic list! I get so “in the mode” of taking care of everyone else that I forget about me. I’m bookmarking this list! Thanks.

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 03, 2014 @ 08:16:46

      That happens to the best of us, unfortunately. Glad you found the list helpful!

      Reply

  13. Lauren
    Jul 05, 2014 @ 08:29:49

    LOVE this! Moving my body is the best way to love my body, as well as anyway that brings pleasure into my day. Ditching the scale is probably the most important thing – it’s something I recommend to ALL my clients because there’s no need to put your self-worth on a machine.

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    • Katie
      Jul 05, 2014 @ 13:25:04

      AMEN! Your weight is just a number; it doesn’t define you.

      Reply

  14. Leslie
    Jul 05, 2014 @ 09:43:32

    Oh, I think we all need this. Heaven knows I haven’t spent enough time appreciating the good. Perhaps we could take it even a step further and do some of these things with our kids. Hopefully then the next generation won’t need to be reminded how to love their own bodies. Thanks again for the tips!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 05, 2014 @ 13:24:17

      Love that idea! You’re right that we need to instill a healthier body image in the next generation.

      Reply

  15. Paula Kiger (Big Green Pen)
    Jul 05, 2014 @ 13:19:43

    so true!

    Reply

  16. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    Jul 05, 2014 @ 23:07:43

    Katie, this is a fabulous list! I have go to start “dressing the part” – PJs and baggy workout clothes don’t cut it!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the SHINE Blog Hop).

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

    Reply

  17. Ali
    Jul 06, 2014 @ 22:41:13

    Love these tips! I’m a list girl, so I’ll definitely be making a list. Love working out since I love the endorphin rush. Great post!

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 07, 2014 @ 09:06:41

      Glad you liked the post, Ali! Thanks so much for stopping by.

      Reply

  18. Emily Cotton
    Jul 07, 2014 @ 17:08:17

    but i like my oversized t-shirts………

    Reply

    • Katie
      Jul 07, 2014 @ 20:29:42

      As long as you like them, you wear them with pride! 🙂

      Reply

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  21. MJ Villanueva
    Dec 15, 2014 @ 03:51:35

    We are all different from each other all we have to do is love ourselves. Thank you for sharing all of these, I agree with what you said about the love list, it’s a great to always remind yourself to love what you have.

    Reply

  22. Tarana Khan
    Mar 05, 2015 @ 15:32:03

    I needed this! Have to put in some effort into loving my body more, but more importantly, I need to care for it better.

    Reply

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