Earlier, I mentioned adjectives that describe your body. (I promise I won’t turn all fifth-grade-teacher on you too often, but as our English textbooks would have said, “an adjective is a word that modifies a noun or a pronoun…”) As the Body Image Movement has shown, when asked to describe their bodies in one word, most women respond with “disgusting.” But even as I was trying to provide the positive connotation of how one’s body would be viewed, I wasn’t even sure of the correct word to use. Some people prefer “skinny”. Others think that’s gross.
You can buy the T-shirt, the bumper sticker… “Strong is the new skinny.” Some people like “fit”; Others think that means bulky. Everyone probably has their own image of what their “ideal” body would look like. But how close is that image to your actual body? Why are we hoping for what someone else has? Dare I say coveting? Should we review the Ten Commandments? This shouldn’t be that difficult. Be happy with what you have. Don’t be so critical of yourself – or others for that matter too.
I’m simply hoping that with a new perspective, a shift in thinking, perhaps we can undo a lifetime of body image damage and just focus on being… HEALTHY. There – that’s it! HEALTHY. Hopefully everyone can agree that we want our bodies to be healthy. Regardless of what they LOOK like, we can strive for good health.
When my four year old asks why we exercise, my answer is always the same:
- Healthy Heart.
- Strong Muscles.
- Happy Mind.
It has nothing to do with inches or pounds, or times or weights. Let’s just be healthy so that we can “…run with perseverance the race marked out for us.“ Hebrews 12:1
What one word do you use to describe your body? Let’s create a collection of adjectives to replace “disgusting”.