Why is it so hard?

Why is it so hard? So hard to take a compliment and love myself? This very question came to me after I responded to compliments on a photo I posted on instagram last night. I responded with a thanks for the kind words, but how I disliked my muffin top in said photo.

compliment ecard

Why? Why can’t I just take the kind words, the compliments people give and leave it with my appreciation? Why do I find myself adding a negative to such positive words from my fellow running and fitness friends? I sit back and think to myself, “I’ve come a long way with my body image and loving myself,” yet then I take a step backwards like I did with that photo.

As women, we struggle so much with body image and accepting how beautiful we are. Comparing ourselves with others doesn’t do anything but cause anxiety. God made each of us different and beautiful in our own way. It would be so boring if we all looked the same, and had the same body type. It’s because we each have our own shape and size that we are unique.

no negative talk

I suppose it’s something I need to continue to work on. Not automatically looking for a flaw or negative aspect when someone pays me a compliment. I’m never going to be completely happy with myself, but trying to see myself as others do when they are offering kind words is something I need to learn how to do.

Do you struggle with your body image and loving you for you?
How do you keep the negative thoughts out, do you have a method you use?


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Why is it so hard? — 2 Comments

  1. I love that you are having an open dialogue about this — it’s something that we as society, especially we as women, should not hide. It’s so important for us to be open and honest about these thoughts, these feelings, these variations of normal. There’s definite power in it (as I wrote in my #runnaked blog post recently) that we should harness for GOOD!

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