Thursday, 26 April 2012

Thankful Thursdays

Yep you guessed it, Thankful Thursdays is going to be another new regular series as I travel along through my year of Body Evolution.  Now if you have been following along, then you may remember Stay Truthful Thursdays from Operation Goal Dress and My Half Marathon Training, so Thankful Thursdays is going to be a twist on an old favourite.

For me toasting the ta-tas - while obviously difficult - has also be my greatest lesson in self-love. I spent months agonizing over this decision, fearing the results, and struggling to come to terms with my own already-present body image issues. I thought that once I changed this part of my body that something pivotal to my sense of self would be lost. But when I woke up - while I obviously no longer had boobies or nipples for that matter - I was still Krysten. I was just a healthier version of the person I have always been, and for that I am so THANKFUL!

I think as women (*sorry my inner feminist is about to come out here - so bear with me*) we are bombarded with images everyday that tell us that we are only as a good as we look. We are told what is beautiful, what is sexy, and what is ideal. And because of all of this pressure and negative notions, the most confident and amazing women are caused to doubt themselves. Goodness knows I did! There were regular meltdowns. I hated my body for not being what I wanted it to be. For not being taller and thinner. For not being healthy. For not living up to the hype. I saw everything that I wasn't, instead of everything that I was.

But since the surgery and because of this zany little journey I have been on, I have really changed the way that I look at my body and my life. Its not about how you look, the number on the scale, or what size pants you wear. Its about being healthy!

I have had to fight really hard to be healthy, and I am not taking my all hard work for granted.

So Thursdays are about thanking my body for its strength, ability, health, and tenacity. Thursdays are for thanking myself for making healthy choices for my body - even when those choices can be hard. Thursdays are for remembering what beauty really means. Real beauty is a woman who believes in herself and who knows she is capable of anything she puts her mind to. Beauty comes from strength and determination, a joyful heart and grateful spirit. Real beauty really does shine from within.

I know all of this now. So Thursday is my time to be thankful for this flawed, defective little body of mine because it is finally strong and healthy! So today I am thankful legs!

Thank you legs! Thank you for being strong this week and helping be run my first 10 minute mile post-op! I love you!
Happy with a Post-Run Glow!
So remember to take the time to love yourself today! What are you thankful for?
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