Ever sit in front of the mirror and just look at you? Don’t freak out! It’s a great way to know when something changes. If you make a habit of just looking at you, you’ll begin to appreciate how amazing your body is and you’ll also notice if something changes because you’re checking it out on a regular basis. Another mama shared this with me and it made total sense. It’s a great step on the journey of loving the skin you’re in. I can think of a few more things that make me feel better about myself. Roll with me, ok?

november dump 014Exercise is a good one for me. That extra step in the morning makes me feel better about me. Working out makes me feel different about my body almost immediately. Which is great because the changes certainly don’t happen immediately. Le sigh…

I noticed  a while back that I was holding on to way too many clothes. As I started to go through them I realized some of them didn’t even deserve to be taking up space in my closet. They were too small, too big or just wasn’t something that made me feel how I want my clothes to make me feel. I like to get dressed without feeling like the frumpy mama. I don’t wanna get into the habit of being OK with my frump. So the best way to do that was to let some things go. Yep, that’s another  “feel better about me” move. Go through your closet and get rid of clothes that don’t make you feel good about you. Anything that makes you feel frumpy, lumpy and “ugh” have got to go. Only rock with stuff that makes you feel good. That could be as simple as jeans and a white tee (my go to simple look). Feel free to do this process with other things in your life. That could include people too. I’m just saying…

Remember that you’re here for a reason. You are all kinds of unique, special and beautiful. Repeat that until you believe it if you have to.

Treat your body well and it will return the favor. Make a commitment to eat and drink things that serve you well. Been slacking on skin care? Get back on the wagon with that. Those changes will be written all over you. It will show in how you look and how you feel.

Focus on the things you really like about yourself. What you focus on grows. If you only focus on what you think are your faults… that’s all you’ll see. You’re way more than your flaws! Give your awesomeness some love.

Stop listening to other people, including magazines and TV shows, that say what the ideal body is. Tell your inner and outer critic to “Shut Up”! I don’t believe in an “perfect size”, do you?

How do you show yourself some love? Share in the comments!

58 comments on “Loving the skin you’re in”

  1. For the longest time, I also had minimal to zero self confidence when I was growing up since I was fat, dark-skinned as compared to my Asian friends and family, short and very simple. As I took exercises, had a serious diet, and learned ways to feel good about myself, I now consider myself special, unique and beautiful.

  2. i had such a hard time with that as a teen! I love the advice you give too – life can seem so tough sometimes because of something as simple as appearance. It’s hard to see at times that there’s life outside of all that!

  3. I love this post! It’s so important. For me it’s all about reminding myself that I am strong and capable. Exercise is totally key. When I jog, I feel stronger and it makes me feel a sense of pride for this body that I own. Sure, I could have bigger boobs, curvier hips, but in all truth, I have a (mostly) healthy body that does what I tell it to. That’s better than a lot of people on this earth.
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  4. I share myself some love by running 1 mile per day. It’s brutal, and sucks and I hate running – but it’s how I get my daily exercise in, otherwise I’d get no cardio in lol. I mean, I do exercise regularly with yoga and rock climbing, but that’s not getting my heart rate up as it should.
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  5. I love this post. I’ve totally been slacking with my skincare but have made a conscious effort to use body butter and cleansers everyday now and I’m loving it!

  6. Thanks so much for this post. It took me a long time to love the skin I’m in after my failed back surgery. They slit my stomach from breast down to pelvic to go in and reconstruct my back. I hate the scar but I’m starting to get over that by using products that help fade scars. I’m feeling better about my scar now.
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  7. Your post is right on the money! It’s so important to love the skin you’re in. I had a hard time with that when I was a teen!

  8. Eating a healthy vegetarian diet, avoiding alcohol (only have one margarita once in a blue moon) and soda, and avoiding cigarettes and drugs makes feel good about myself. I need to exercise more, though – I stay so busy with chasing a toddler around or working. ~lol~
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    • I hear you. My two year old makes my workout a challenge every day. She’s getting better though and tries to work out with me. 🙂

  9. I need to focus more on myself. I don’t really like what I see in the mirror, but it wouldn’t hurt to look just to keep track of any changes.

  10. I love and agree with everything you said in this post. From looking in the mirror and learning to love yourself, to the exercising and sleep. Such an uplifting spirit! You are a ray of sunshine!!

  11. I need to treat my body a whole lot better. I am guilty of having a plethora of different size clothes in my drawers.

  12. I am working on making sure i work out more often. I like to work out in the morning. I find i have more energy during the day.

  13. I know it sounds silly – but I loved practicing my speeches in front of the mirror. I helped me to feel more confident when it was time to be on the spot light. Then after awhile, I didn’t need to do that exercise and was able to just roll with it. 🙂
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  14. I have to agree on the focusing on the parts you like and the exercising. Exercising helps you inside and out. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Reading this post was what I needed today. I felt as if you were speaking to me. I appreciate the push I actually started cleaning out my closet today of those frumpy things that I just don’t like and I couldn’t explain why. Thank You!

  16. I worked since my daughter was born to start to love who I am. Inside and outside. I knew what I wanted to be for an example for her and now she is 12 and extremely confident young girl not afraid to be who she is and speak up for what’s right or wrong. I work every day to just remember, no matter what, I am awesome and beautiful. Always.
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  17. I’m not a fan of looking in the mirror very often because I have a huge case of body dysmorphia. But I did finally take the step of purging through some clothes that I’m never going to wear again. Baby steps. 😉

  18. Amen!!!! You and your daughter look so cute.

    I think what has stopped me from being so critical of myself is that my daughter and son are watching me. I don’t want them to criticize themselves because they are perfect, in my eyes and God’s.

  19. You and your daughter are TOO adorable! I definielty show myself some love by indulging in yummy treats (the more chocolate the better) every once in a while! It’s so important to love yourself and let go sometimes. That’s something I lean red when I got older <3
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  20. Great advice. When I get down on my body I do some meditation. Most of the time I just need to get into a better place in regards to my mind. Gratefulness helps as does becoming more conscious of my choices- am I getting enough sleep, am I fueling my body with good stuff, drinking enough water, taking time to relax etc… That always seems to help!

  21. I have learned as I’ve gotten older, the importance of taking good care of my body. I wish I had just learned the lesson much earlier in life.

  22. I am with you when it comes to trusting what I am and how I am in terms of look & feel no matter what others have to say. I always keep it simple to answer my body’s needs and take rest when needed and follow up simple workouts as well.

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