Hello beautiful people!
Finally! I am caught up! The struggle was real…(yes I use that saying, don’t judge)…but I did it! After this post, the 52 Weeks of Gratitude posts will move back to only being published on Thursdays once again. I hope you enjoy!
At first, I wasn’t really sure what to post. I’m not saint, that’s for sure! I have my flaws and my complaints and my woes. Overall though, I think I’m pretty aware of what I have in life compared to others and what I’m grateful for. I have a wonderful job, a roof over my head, health and dental care, family and friends, awesome coworkers, I live in a safe neighbourhood, I have plenty of books…the list goes on!
Nevertheless, there are two things that I do take for granted more often than others: Fitness and Body Image. Yes, I love yoga and walking…but sometimes, I really just want to come home from work and read or book blog or Netflix binge. Honestly, fitness is sometimes a huge hassle! I have been known to complain about it…then once I get there I really enjoy the fitness class. It’s really silly, but it’s something I need to work on. I should be blessed that I can afford to go to fitness and that I have those sources around me. I have a body that can do many things when it comes to fitness…I really should be more appreciative!
My body is another issue. To be honest, I’ve done well for myself! I originally was losing weight in the bad way; barely eating and drinking lots of water to fill me up. Now, I use fitness (ha-ha…the thing I complain about) and a relatively healthy diet. I shouldn’t complain: I have a beautiful olive skin tone, a curvy hourglass figure, thick thighs, nice big brown eyes, relatively thick hair, and a fairly good complexion. But there are days I see other girls who just look flawless, and the self-conscious Jenna comes to life. I need to learn to love my body more and also to realize I was beautiful even when I was bigger. There isn’t one definition of beauty; people of all shapes and sizes are beautiful, both inside and outside. I want to stay in shape to be healthy, but I want to make sure I’m not doing it to have that “perfect bikini body”. Our society definitely doesn’t help. It’s funny…I’ll see girls skinnier or bigger than me, taller or short than me…yet no matter what shape or size, I find them much more beautiful than I am. Once I’m home alone, my confidence slowly comes back. My goal is to gradually learn that I have a beautiful body and I should be grateful for how intact and well-formed it is!
Thanks for reading! What do you take for granted?