As the New Year approaches, so do resolutions. Please understand that it is definitely not something that is confined to the New Year. If you want to change you have every right to do so. If you need to find better habits, you have every right to do so. But please, please proceed with caution because it is all too easy to get sucked into an unhealthy habit for the purpose of a quick fix.

I like to compare body care to caring for a car…

First and foremost, keep it clean. 

Make sure that the inside AND outside are cared for, say some affirmations daily for your soul. Present yourself in a way that makes you feel comfortable and happy. Make sure that you’re putting the proper fuel into your body to run well. Understand that by putting something bad in it one time, you probably won’t ruin it but that you probably shouldn’t make a habit out of it.

Second, LOVE the imperfections. Trust that you can handle them with time and care

I know first-hand that a car can get all dinged up, or a flat tire. All it takes is some time, dedication and patience and the changes can be made to bring the body back up to maximum quality. If you get a cracked bumper or a ding in the door it CAN be fixed. Sometimes something can be popped back out good as new, sometimes it has to be buffed out and painted and waxed. Sometimes it has to be replaced altogether. What’s important is that you understand there are different processes for everything. TRUST THE PROCESS. Stop comparing yourself to others, love where you’re at and trust in your future.

Lastly, understand that your body is unique and temporary, but it is yours.

We only get one body, we can change it and mold it, and make it whatever we want, so it is our job to love it and care for it. Even if we have other responsibilities it is important not to forget that loving our bodies inside and out, and making necessary changes is important to function in our day to day lives. Make “me time”; take it for a drive, get some clarity, look past the dirt on the windshield so that you can see all of the hard work, dedication, patience, and time that has gone into your beautiful body and soul. Love you. Inside AND Out.

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