What did you think about yourself the last time you saw yourself in the mirror naked? Did you like what you saw? Did you smile at yourself? Or did you try to cover up quickly, because you were once again reminded ever so rudely, that you didn't want to see that image that was you?
Anywhere between 90 and 97% of women questioned (depending on which magazine you read) dislike their bodies nowadays. Look around you. Picture yourself among your closest friends. Chances are, that not a single one of the ladies in your group truly loves her body. I know it's true for my circle of friends. We are all women in our late 30s up to upper 40s... and not a single one of them likes her body.
Most women think they are too fat. I believe, if we recorded the destructive self-talk of every woman, we would have countless hours of very sad material. Never ever would we speak like this to our friends. Never would we walk up to our best friend and tell her she looked disgusting, or that her belly was too flabby, or that her thighs were too fat. We love our friends! We treasure them! We don't want to lose them! When we ARE asked our opinion, we choose our words wisely.
There is nothing wrong with honesty. There is nothing wrong with criticism of yourself. It will prompt you to make a positive change. But self-destructive talk will only cause you to be sad, to be angry at yourself and the world. And it will probably only cause you to treat yourself with more disrespect.
But, aren't you worth it to be treated well by yourself? You are stuck with you for the rest of your life. Aren't you worth it being treated with kindness and love? Yes, you got to where you are by doing the wrong things, eating the wrong foods, not working out, or whatever else it is you did to yourself. BUT, you also have the opportunity every single day to leave the past behind you and to move forward with a new outlook on life.
Next time you step out of the shower and see yourself naked in the mirror, how about thanking your body for trying its darndest to keep you well and healthy? Why not make a promise to do your part by treating it well, because you are worth it? You got this! And your body will thank you for it. You may never have ripped abs or Jennifer Aniston's hair. But then, you also don't need to strive to be like someone else. Strive to be the best YOU! You are so very worth it!