You went above and beyond giving your time, energy, support, maybe even gifts and money—and you never even got a thank you?
You gave and gave and gave—and still, more was expected of you?
If you know what I’m talking about, this may be challenging to hear.
You may be “the Taker” in your relationship with your body.
Because what you have going with your body is a relationship in every sense of the word. Your relationship with your body is the longest—and most important—of your life. There is no reconciling from that divorce!
Chances are you don’t appreciate your body and how hard it’s working on your behalf. And you’re probably actively dumping on it and criticizing it for not doing more.
You may constantly tell your body it’s:
- Too fat.
- Too weak.
- Too sluggish.
- Too slow to heal.
- That there’s something wrong with it.
You may constantly tell your body how much you hate it.
Plus, you may be giving it low-quality fuel, little to no water, and vacillate between too little movement and too much.
How long would a person stay healthy in a relationship like that? Is it any wonder your body begins showing up overweight, aching, and breaking down with illness?
The fact is, billions—if not trillions—of cells are giving their lives for your wellness and well-being right now.
Your body is literally giving you everything its got.
Without your having to think about it at all:
- Your heart is beating in and out.
- Blood is pumping through your veins.
- Life-giving oxygen is flowing into your lungs.
- Your brain is functioning well enough for you to read these words.
- Nutrients and fluids are being processed in your digestive system.
- Your bones are supporting every part of your body.
- Your feet and legs are carrying you everywhere you want to go.
- Your hands are helping you accomplish everything you want to do.
- Your hips are supporting you as you sit and read this.
- Your spine is holding you upright.
- Your immune system is in overdrive working to heal everything from a scrape to disease.
- You’re able to register some sensation, be it touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing.
- You can smile at someone you love.
How often do you stop and really appreciate everything your body is doing on your behalf?
How often is your only response to criticize it, give it food with little nutritional value, and to sit for long periods of time?
Just think about how healthy you are despite what you give—and what you say!—to your body.
I know. Because for 35 years, I was a “the Taker” in my relationship with my body.
When I finally “got” what I was doing to my body with my constant barrage of criticism, my binging on unhealthy food, and my sedentary lifestyle, I was blown away that it was still functioning as well as it was.
Our bodies are truly amazing and deserve our appreciation and praise, as well as generally supportive food and movement.
Stop being “the Taker” in the relationship with your body.
Begin to look for all the ways your body is supporting you, instead of focusing on all the ways it’s letting you down.
Become more aware of what you’re feeding it, and begin to choose more nourishing foods. Pay attention to how much you move it—is it enough or too much?
Your body will tell you what it needs if you will begin to listen.
Trust that your body wants nothing more than to have a wonderful, loving relationship with you. Just imagine what it will give back to you when you give it the loving support it needs.
Together we can do it!
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