A love letter for 2011

December 31, 2010

Body, I’ve let you down, and I’m sorry.

Legs, thank you for carrying me and remaining strong while I continued to abuse you with running, time on the elliptical, and biking. Thank you for staying strong and not letting me fall.

My eyes, thank you for letting me see the world around me every day, even when I couldn’t see the damage I was doing to myself, even when it was right in front of me.

To my heart, thank you for never giving up, even when I almost did. Even when you were at your slowest, you never gave up and you never stopped.  You never stopped letting the life flow through me, even when I didn’t feel it.

Body, I won’t hurt you anymore.

I won’t push you so far again. I’m sorry for what I put you through and I’m sorry for not knowing my limits. You deserve only the best treatment and respect, and I am glad I realize this now. Better late than never, right? No more two-a-days at the gym, no more skipping meals. Never again will I feel guilty for putting whole foods into you and I will never again try to “undo” my actions. You are so much more than the vessel I walk around in, the skin that I inhabit.

That’s why you deserve better.

This year, I’m not going to make any resolutions to “tone up” or lose X amount of pounds. I’m not going to exercise a certain amount of minutes every week, and I’m certainly not going to feel guilty if I choose to spend quality time with my friends over time at the gym. No more starving, no more feeling out of control. It’s time to stop this…because I’m beautiful just the way I am.

This is my promise to you, Body. I promise to treat you with the care you deserve. I promise to give you days to rest, days to recover, and days to simply be. I promise to enjoy every day and live for me and not for my exercise regimen. No more comparing and wishing; you’re better than that. I promise to live more days with a smile on my face and a feeling of pride in the strong, independent, beautiful person that I have become. I will live more days where I can smile, laugh, and be who I was truly meant to be. Days like these:

(That’s my aunt, BTW. Crazy runs in the family.)

My promise to stay strong.

What I can promise you, Body, is that 2011 is going to be filled with amazing times, crazy memories, and great fun.

Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions?

Hey You!

September 10, 2010

Yes, I’m talking to you! You’re beautiful!

Click here 🙂

I know I’m a little late for this, but better late than never, right?

To every woman who has ever felt unworthy

To every woman who has ever felt lonely

To every woman who has ever wondered, “Am I beautiful?”

To every woman who has compared herself to another

To every woman who has asked herself, “Why me?”

To every woman who has ever been lied to

To every woman who is struggling

To every woman who is crying

To every woman who is empty

To every woman who is searching for an answer

Take this.

From a woman who has experienced the deepest low and soared at the highest heights

From a woman who has questioned everything

From a woman who has discovered her beauty

From this woman to you.

From inside your heart, beauty blossoms.

From inside your soul, love dwells.

From inside your mind, wisdom emerges.

From the inside, your beauty shines.

Love your body for all it can do, love your body for all it has done.

Never forget how far you have come, and always remember how far you will go.

Click here, pass on the love.