I didn’t always love my body

I didn’t always love my body, there was a time I actually turned completely against it.

I would over-feed it so it felt terribly uncomfortable.

I would over-work it so it felt drained and exhausted at the end of the day.

I would beat it up in the gym with plyometrics, cardio equipment and heavy weights.

I would stuff it with artificial sweeteners, spray butters and low calorie frozen food.

But the worst thing I ever did to it was believe that it was against me.

I am absolutely in awe of my body today.

Not only because it created, carried and delivered life but because of the little things it does everyday.

I am amazed at its ability to function on a daily basis.

And when it speaks to me through bodily symptoms, digestive upset, weight gain or any other physical dis-ease or ailment I simply turn up my listening skills.

I appreciate that it still communicates with me and I do whatever it takes to find the solution.

And because of that my body doesn’t need to use most of these communication methods anymore.

Not only is weight gain not a problem for me anymore, losing my baby weight was and is as simple as giving my body everything it needs to thrive.

That started out by just giving it love and patience right after I delivered my baby.

Then it was acceptance and basic self care.

Then it asked for more movement, more effort in the kitchen. And even though it’s hard with a new baby I leave the excuses behind and give my body everything it asks for.

And now as I think back to the 50 extra pounds I carried with my baby and the 25 extra pounds I carried prior to that, I am simply amazed.

Because I didn’t effort my way to this body.

And when people see me today and say, “wow your baby is only 4 months?! Good job you look great”, I laugh because I didn’t do anything to lose the weight.

Sure I work out because I want to. And if I don’t want to, I don’t go that day.

And yes I eat mostly healthy food because I prefer it. I prefer my body has the best fuel possible.

There was a time when I didn’t feel this way. When I convinced myself that I preferred to eat junk and watch TV. But that wasn’t really me.

It’s time you love your body. Because it’s amazing. And if you don’t feel that way today, that’s okay too. But start listening to what your body is asking for. And deliver. Then sit back and watch with amazement.

And if you are a mom, some extra special love coming your way. Because this mom thing is the hardest thing I have ever done. And people say that all the time. They will also follow it up saying it’s the most rewarding thing too.

And there are days when it just doesn’t feel that way. It just feels hard. And you are exhausted.

And you are amazing.

About The Author

Michelle Hastie

Michelle Hastie is a weight loss coach and author with expertise in personal training, food psychology, neuro-linguistic programming, and yoga. Through her company, Total Body Health Solutions, she is blessed with the gift of helping individuals eat when they are hungry, stop when they are full, and move their bodies without force. She has a master’s degree in human behavior and is pursuing a doctorate in health psychology to further promote the art and science of weight loss through mind-body awareness. Hastie helps people learn to love their bodies and transform their lives through her Absolute Love Publishing books, The Weight Loss Shift: Be More, Weigh Less, The Chakra Secret: What Your Body Is Telling You, and Have Your Cake and Be Happy, Too: A Joyful Approach to Weight Loss. She also is a contributor to the Amazon category bestseller, Women Will Save the World.