I discovered this series of posts on Mel Joulwan’s The Clothes Make the Girl and thought I’d roll with it.
From 5 Body Image Quick Fixes, by Margarita from Weightless.
- Five things you love about yourself
- Five things your body can do
- Five things for which you are grateful
- Five things that make you happy that you’re alive
- Five people whom you love (pets included!)
Continuing last Tuesday’s post, I’m sharing my second list today.
Five Things My Body Can Do
1. My body can lift heavy things. Out of all of the things that my body can do, one of its favorite pastimes is lifting heavy things. Back squat, front squat, deadlift, clean, jerk, snatches. I am proud and so grateful that my body is strong and able to do most of the things that my crazy brain throws at it.
2. My body can sing. Music and musical theater used to be a big part of my life–from elementary school until after college. My voice is classically trained, but it also loves to belt it out Broadway style. I even played the lead in a community theater production of Once on This Island. Yep. True story. Now I mostly sing along to the radio, or when M plays guitar, but music played such a huge role in shaping who I am.
3. My body can dance. Continuing on the creative streak, my body can dance. I took ballet classes from age 7 to 15 and then again from age 19 to 22. I was in the Nutcracker four years in a row (as an angel and a mouse) when I was younger. I also love tap and jazz. I sometimes listen to Swan Lake while I’m working out–I like to dance around my basement between heavy lifts…
4. My body can throw the shot put and the hammer. I once held the record at my college for longest indoor shot put throw. Don’t ask me what it was, because I don’t remember…but I did throw the shot all through high school and college, indoor and outdoor track. I think my farthest throw was 36 feet in the shot…which isn’t much, but it was good for my division. I used to win meets here and there. I also used to spin around and throw the hammer over 130ft.
5. My body can hug it out. Hugging heals. It’s amazing how much healing power is contained in a single hug. I like to think that my hugs can make everything better. I love to give hugs, I love to get hugs. I’m a pretty good hugger if I may say so.
What can your body do?