Day 4 of Mel Wells ‘self love week’
Today we had to finish this: “I love my body because…”
There was a time in my life when I ‘thought’ I loved my body.
Recently I uncovered that what I thought was loving my body, was actually denying it the care and respect she truly deserved!
In reality, I liked being the size that I was. That was it! I didn’t listen to my body!
⏩ Fast forward 8 years, a diagnosis of MS (Multiple sclerosis) & Fibromyalgia.
🚶>♿ Then the transition from the love of walking/hiking to adopting walking sticks, crutches, a wheelchair & the funkiest mobility scooter ever! And everything has changed, for the better!… I am happier now than I thought possible!
💚 I was so lucky at the end of last year, continuing this year, to be a case study for my friend & yoga teacher Louise Aviles whilst she studied for her Health coaching qualification. (find Louise on Instagram: @louiseavilesyoga)
During this time, I learnt what loving my body really means! I learnt that having a thin waist, and being a size 10 isn’t actually the ONLY reasons to love your body!
When I questioned my habits that I had when I was 6 dress sizes smaller, they definitely weren’t those that someone would have if they truly loved their amazing body
So… Why do I love my body? Haven’t you paid attention? She’s amazing!
Everything that I’ve put her through! I haven’t been the kindest to her over the 36 years we’ve been together!
She’s been starved, I’ve force fed her, self harmed, pushed her beyond capability, ignored her when she’s been screaming at me & she’s given me nothing but unconditional love in return!
She has enough to deal with because of how my MS affects her, so I learned new behaviours, new habits. And now I do my best to show her daily how much I love her!
All the areas that I used to be negative about on a daily basis, I now focus on telling her why I love them!
💪 – My shoulders: they’re strong & able to help carry my body using crutches when my legs are to tired.
🙆 – My upper arms: they have the strength to enable me to enjoy different exercises
🙏 – My wrists: they’re strong for my Yoga & Pilates practice
👱 – My beautiful face: its unique to me!
👙 – My chest: its where the most loyal part of me lives, my heart!
🙋 – My skin: keeps me together, stretch’s, twists & turns when needed!
😆 – My smile: it always tells the truth!
〰 – My stretch marks: they are the marks of my amazing and beautiful journey of my life!
I ❤ ALL OF ME BECAUSE EVERY PART OF ME HAS A STORY TO TELL!