Self Acceptance and Society/Fat Acceptance
Self acceptance is loving and appreciating yourself even if there are things you'd eventually like to change. Fat acceptance or society acceptance is getting society as a whole to accept that we have the same rights as everyone else and to reduce prejudice within the community.
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Self-acceptance means unconditional appreciation and support for who you are now, including all the elements that you want to change.
Things you can do every day to boost your body image:
- Move your body by doing activities you love
- think of one thing you body did for you today
- compliment yourself
- smile at yourself in the mirror
- wear clothes that fit you well and make you happy, regardless of their size
Get on Your Bike and Ride...Making a Spring Promise to Yourself
Just as March delivered one last hoorah of a snowstorm, I stopped my grumblings about winter just long enough to remind myself that spring really is just around the corner. And with that, I changed my mood, my thoughts and my outlook. It's funny how just the thought of spring can do that to you in an instant.
Spring is delightful. It is a promise of better, warmer and sunnier things. The flowers, trees, birds and bees are all in agreement-and so am I! When I think of spring, I've got two things on my mind: Easter and getting outside.
There have been plenty of times when I've been able to host Easter egg hunts with my kids and grandkids when the weather has cooperated with a sunny and delightful Easter morning. There have also been those times when the transfer of plastic eggs plucked from frosted over outdoor hiding places by little mittened hands has proven both difficult and comical.
If your Easter yard resembles a frozen tundra, you may have to give spring just a little more time to arrive, but get ready to get outside because that's where you can truly enjoy yourself and take in all that spring has to offer. For me, my thing is sitting on a local park bench drinking coffee no matter how cold the day might be. I can bundle up-who cares, right? Sometimes my hot coffee turns to iced coffee or my iced coffee turns to a slushie, but it's all part of enjoying a spring day.
This year, I'm committed to switching up my park bench plans. In the interest of health and wellness, and enjoying spring, I'm buying my two grandkids and myself bicycles for Easter this year and baby, we are going to ride!
I've given this a lot of thought and realize there are a lot of folks who will ridicule and judge this large lady on a bike, but I'm darned determined not to care and to get as much out of time outdoors and with my grandchildren as possible.
So even though I get a great deal of joy and peace by sitting on a park bench sipping coffee and watching nature, I have decided that life is not enjoyed by sitting on a park bench alone. Life is enjoyed by taking chances, by doing something bold and delightful and by getting out there and living it. You can't let spring-and life-pass you by because you think you are relegated to the park bench.
This spring, don't forget to enjoy the view from the park bench, but when the mood strikes (and I hope it strikes often), allow yourself to switch things up by walking more, riding that bike or doing a day trip on a Harley. Whatever your ability and style, enjoy spring!
"Don't sit and wait. Get out there. Feel life!" --Rumi
Written by: T.E.Bush
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