On Wednesday, October 18th, Momentum will be joining forces with Handful Activewear to celebrate National Love Your Body Day in a unique and visually powerful way. Our BE YOUtiful campaign will encourage everyone everywhere to reclaim the beauty and power within. We continue our series of inspirational blog posts with a BE YOUtiful story from Genevieve Jerome of Fitty Foodlicious.
Growing up, I never knew the concept of self-love. I was surrounded by people who constantly checked themselves out and were always worried about what other people thought of them. "She obviously takes care of herself, look at her makeup and clothes," they would say of others. Needless to say, I went to a high school that was very image conscious. In college, I was image conscious and hated my looks and every roll on my body. It wasn't until I turned 30 that I truly knew the meaning of EPIC self-love.
I realized how much energy I was wasting agonizing over my looks in the mirror, picking apart my every flaw instead of celebrating the things my body could do. I also realized that my habit of hiding food under my bed and eating until I felt "satisfied" wasn't doing it for me, either. I needed to find my love from the inside, not from someone or something else.
One day, someone told me what a light I was to others and it hit me—I am a light! A powerful, strong, bright light. Instead of staring at myself in the mirror all day or eating crappy food, I decided to take care of my body. I began telling myself daily mantras about how grateful I was for my strong body
Now, the first thing I do every single morning is look in the mirror and say to myself: "I am a strong, capable woman." Then, throughout the day, I'll repeat other mantras out loud, like: "I am so loved" and "gosh, beautiful, you've got this." Saying these mantras out loud gets me out of my own head and works to solidify my belief system.
It'll work for you, too. Repeat any mantras that speak to you. Do it in the car, waiting in line at the grocery store, or while you are running. Whatever you are doing, repeat your mantras, especially in times of self-doubt.
Something else to try: Do something every day that you love! I go running nearly every day. It keeps me sane and helps keep my anxiety levels down. It helps me feel beYOUtiful. I put on my motivate wraps and run, enjoying every twist of the trail, the sun on my neck and the leaves under my feet. I love every second of it.
It's epic self-love, the 3-5 miles I do nearly every day.
To find epic self-love, you have to stop the comparison game. Don't look at other people with self-doubt. Don't wish you looked like them. Look at other people and find the motivation you need to do and be better. I played the comparison game a lot, but now I honor other powerful people and find inspiration from them. If we all did this, if we all worked together to empower each other, we would all be successful and feel much better about ourselves, too.
In addition to the mantras, I thank my body every day for what it does for me. I lost 155 pounds when I learned that food was fuel and not a coping mechanism. Eating healthy and being active is important, and I can love myself no matter what size I am. My body does amazing things. My legs let me run, and my lungs help me breathe and my arms pull me up to higher places.
I learned EPIC self love.
So stop tearing yourself down. Constantly remind yourself how amazing you are! You are a powerful human being, and you need to envelope yourself with as much EPIC self love as you can. Because then, you will be BE YOUtiful.
Join Genevieve and women everywhere on Wednesday, October 18th for National Love Your Body Day. Download your free BE YOUtiful poster and help us show the world what it means to live a positive life full of epic self-love.