It’s practically become a Pinterest meme: to love our bodies just as they are. When I start doing that in earnest, it will be the first time in my life I’ve ever loved my body. Oh, I love that I am healthy, with no chronic issues except growing older. And that’s just life, not an illness. I’m grateful that my broken wrist has healed, and that my early stage melanoma is removed.
But as far as “loving” what I see in the full length mirror – meh. I do like being slim. I still have a waistline and a long neck and strong shoulders. It’s my (everyone’s?) tendency, however, to rest our eyes on the age spots, the loose crepe-y skin on my thighs, and – yeah, even thin women get it – the sagging butt. I give myself permission to accept my body, and treat it well, without loving every inch of it.
The latest Visible Monday link-up contained two terrific posts about size and shape, by stylish women over age 40. May I recommend them to you for motivational reading:
Susan linked a smart post about dieting, at her blog High Heels in The Wilderness. She writes about the stubborn five pounds that have crept up in the last few years. She doesn’t love the way her jeans are fitting. She wants to change it, without becoming hysterical or jumping on a fad diet train.
Sue researched the ineffectiveness of dieting, and concluded “I’m not going on a diet, I’m just going to make healthier choices more often.” Brava to her. No hard-boiled-eggs-only regimen.
Julia of When The Girls Rule has a style blog that’s subtitled “A Fashion Blog for Women over 40 With Big-Busts, Apple-Shapes and Style!” And she named her Visible Monday entry “Over 40 And Over Size 14, And Killin’ It.” I love that. The average American woman wears a size 14-16, so Julia is right in the norm with most of us.
Julia describes herself like this: “I am a 40+ . . . 5’2″ tall, confident woman secure in her age and size who likes to use fashion to her own ends. I found when you can actually find clothing that fits and looks good on your body, you dislike your body a lot less, you may even start to love your body!”
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