The greatest time of year to self-reflect is Thanksgiving. This year, I am focusing on being grateful for my body—how and why it looks and feels this way. Don’t get me wrong. There are definitely some improvements I would love to make to my figure. But, when I recognize the positives, I am able to be more forgiving and appreciative of my body.
Here are five reasons I am more thankful for my body this year:
- My body has given me babies. Not all women have the privilege to give the miracle of life. I successfully delivered three beautiful, healthy children. For that, I am grateful I was fortunate to have conceived four times (one miscarriage), was able to carry them to term (though one was preterm), and successfully delivered three babies—vaginally. And, admittedly, each time I was in labor, I screamed bloody murder that I couldn’t do it. And, yet, my body overcame all doubt and misery—and, today, I am grateful to have a loving, energetic, and healthy family of my own.
- My body had a miscarriage. Believe it or not, I am grateful for having experienced a miscarriage. As difficult and traumatizing as it was at the time, it gave me an even greater appreciation of having the ability to bear three children. It is easy to take things for granted–and, bearing children is something I am beyond thankful.
- My body is fit and muscular. Through hard work, my body has the ability to build up enough stamina to keep up with three very tireless and vivacious boys. Because of my physical fitness, I am able to bond with my children through activity, exercise, and sports. I realize that not everyone has the capacity to run, walk, bike, swim, or play, especially with their children, and for that, I am grateful.
- My body has the strength to carry all things I love. By having the ability and physique to hold, carry, and help my kids in times of sadness, exhaustion, or pure for love is a gift. Animals can be extremely therapeutic, and my dog is the biggest love of them all. For the strength to carry, I am forever grateful this Thanksgiving.
- My body is resilient. My body has given me a second chance at life. After depriving it from food, losing my period, and developing injuries from being unhealthily underweight, my body has allowed me to overcome an eating disorder without suffering permanent physical repercussions; such as bone loss, poor blood circulation, or the inability to get and remain pregnant.
It is so difficult to put things in perspective when we are feeling down or unworthy because of how we look. However, it is much healthier to remind ourselves of our blessings, and be thankful for what our bodies allow us to achieve on a daily basis—and mine has given me the opportunity to accomplish some of my greatest wishes!