As a fitness instructor that teaches 8-10 group classes per week, I hear a lot of conversations before, during and after class. The men are usually talking about work, a weekend warrior story or their kids. The women are usually talking about what they shouldn’t have eaten last night, how they hate their thighs and what crash diet they are starting on Monday. A popular pin on Pinterest is a pretty graphic with the quote, “The body achieves what the mind believes.” You might also have heard, “Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it”. You do create what your mind thinks. Even if you don’t think your thighs are big, why are you saying it out loud? So that other women will think they should feel the same way? To feel part of the conversation? A little bit of both? As women, sisters, friends and mothers, we need to quit this habit. If you overheard three 14-year-old girls saying some of the things that you say about yourself, you’d cringe.
One last thought. Do you have a young woman in your life? A daughter, a sister, a teenaged neighbor? Tell her how beautiful she is. Even if you think she might need to lose weight, wear something more flattering, or change her hairstyle, don't tell her. The world is telling her enough! Tell her she is lovely and amazing.