The theme for the month of October is Positive Body Image. It has unfortunately become a cultural norm to be unhappy with your body. Over 90% of women and 75% of men want to change something about their bodies. (National Eating Disorder Awareness and Prevention). It is not normal to be this unhappy with yourself.
I have a challenge for everyone to accept themselves and be positive and respect all that your body can do for you!
This week, I challenge you to not measure your self or your self-esteem by the scale. Instead make a list of 5 qualities you like about yourself!
Besides when you step on the scale, it only tells you total weight at that time. The scale does not tell you what is bone, blood, muscle, fat and most of all fluid (water weight).
Fluid shifts are the easiest and fastest changing level that can move the number on the scale. You can gain fluid in a matter of hours but you cannot gain fat or muscle (or lose it) that quickly. Remember the times you have movie theater popcorn or a salty Chinese or Mexican food dinner and “feel bloated”. Your body is retaining fluid you did NOT gain fat or muscle or anyother body tissue.
Did you know that muscle does not weigh more than fat. One pound of muscle weighs the same as 1 pound of fat. One pound.
The difference is in the tissue densities. Muscle is like a brick, compact and takes up a smaller amount of space. Whereas fat is less dense and is like cotton balls. It takes more cotton balls to make a pound then it does a brick.
Now make that list of 5 qualities you like about yourself and recite them anytime you feel negative towards yourself.