3 Steps to Loving your Body, Gaining Confidence, and Making Change!
I'm excited to share this guest post! It is from Elizabeth Dall. Please read her bio at the end of the post and check out her website here!
You’re a mom, and a good one at that.
Your life revolves around your kids. You’re there for support, love, extra bandaids, and lots of snuggles and kisses. And well, if they’re teenagers, you’re just praying they’ll acknowledge your existence today.
You’ve sacrificed a lot to be where you are today and that should be celebrated. But, sometimes we feel like we’ve put ourselves on the backburner a bit.
Maybe you’re struggling to find yourself again. Find that woman you love and appreciate. Maybe your body isn’t where you want it to be after having kids, or maybe you don’t see yourself in the mirror like you used to.
Wherever you are in your journey of motherhood and womanhood, today is about you. Take a minute to make this moment, this article, about you.
My goal today is to remind you about the incredible, amazing, powerful, and confident woman you are. To remind you how much you’re worth and help you feel healthy and confident in your own skin, and also to help you learn the steps to help you reach whatever goal you are striving for when it comes to your own health and wellness.
3 STEPS TO BETTER BODY CONFIDENCE
STEP 1: GRATITUDE
The first step in any journey toward loving yourself, your body, and everything else about you is to practice gratitude.
There are already so many things you can be thankful for. Have you carried, borne, or nurtured children? That should be celebrated! Do you survive days with little to no sleep? You go mama! Do you try your best to eat your fruits and vegetables even if most days you come up short? Celebrate!
Building body confidence does not start when you reach your goal weight or size, it starts now. It starts no matter where you are on your journey.
Take a minute to sit down, open a journal and write all of the things you’re thankful for about your body. Start with your attributes and what your body does for you. If you feel comfortable, start writing specifically what you’re thankful for about each body part and your body as a whole.
If you want, download my free gratitude worksheet to help you along the process.
STEP 2: FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CHANGE
After you’ve discovered all you’re thankful for, start looking for little ways to improve. Are you thankful that your legs are strong and solid? Maybe you want to start walking or running with them? Are you thankful for a belly that carried a baby for 9 months? Maybe you want to start strengthening your core muscles so your back doesn’t hurt or so you feel strong.
There are many things we can’t change about our bodies. I don’t think anyone’s discovered a full cure for stretch marks yet. Embrace those bad boys. You earned every single one of them.
By focusing on what we have control over, we can take steps toward making small, manageable changes. You might not be sleeping well during the night, but you can try doing yoga for 10 minutes during the day. Or maybe you’re frustrated with how you graze throughout the day on junk food. You can make one small change by cutting up some veggies and dip to have in your fridge - go for those instead of the junk food throughout the day.
The key is not to dwell on the things you don’t have control over. Write those down, accept them, and then be thankful for the things you do have control over. Then, start taking small steps toward change.
STEP 3: TAKE SMALL STEPS
The last step is to start making those small changes. Start with one step at a time.
If you want to start exercising, try starting with 10 minutes each day. When you feel you’ve mastered that, move it up to 15 minutes. The key is to start where you’re at and build from there.
If you want more veggies in your life, try adding one serving at every dinner. Then add one to lunch, and so on.
If you need more body confidence, self love, or self compassion, try saying one thing you love about yourself every morning. Then build up to speaking kindly about yourself and your body throughout the day.
The key is to take those small steps, because it’s the small steps that help you reach the large goals.
If you need a guide to help you set reasonable goals, how to set up habits that will lead you to success, and how to stick to it for the long run, download my free stick to your goals worksheet. It will guide you through the process from the first step to the last step and help you set yourself up for success every single time.
Before I go, I just want to remind you how truly incredible you are. You have a lot to offer, a lot to be proud of, and a lot to be thankful for.
Self love and body confidence is a journey. It’s a practice. Make it a priority in your life and you will start to see the changes inside and out.
You are beautifully and wonderfully made, mama.
Elizabeth Dall is a certified exercise physiologist and wellness coach. She specializes in helping women and mothers build confidence and love for who they are, build a better relationship with food, and reach their health and wellness goals. As a mother herself, she’s learned how important it is to find ways to nourish her body and soul to give the best to others and her family. Her message is one of self-compassion and a simplified, well-rounded approach to health. You can find more goodies, info, and join the community at: