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Owning Health: Love Your Body in 2010

Lissa Rankin's picture

love your bodyHiya Pinkies,
Here’s a post I wrote this week for CollegeCandy.com. It’s a message I wanted to share with you Pinkies as we head into a new year of renewed love and acceptance, not only for each other, but for our beautiful, vital, PINK selves. Enjoy, and here's to your health!

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So, it's 2010! What do you hope to achieve this year? What intentions did you set? Many of us resolve to change our health- to lose weight, to quit smoking, to eat healthy, to cut back on booze, to join a gym. We get motivated. We make positive steps forward after the indulgences of the holidays. And then- bam. A few weeks later, it’s all over and we feel crappier than ever. Now, not only are we eating junk food, failing to exercise, and engaging in addictive behaviors, we also feel like losers because we can’t follow through on our resolutions.

This year, I invite you to OWN your health. What does that mean? That means loving yourself exactly how you are, flaws, warts, addictions, and all. Until you can love yourself, you’ll never effect lasting positive change in your life. If you have bad habits, own them! Love your body just the way it is. Accept yourself, even if your health is not optimal. Learn to live in your skin and be present with what is. It’s the only path to sustainable change.

Once you learn to love yourself as you are, you may find that you naturally want to nurture yourself. When you’re coming from a place of loving acceptance, you may no longer feel like grabbing for that bag of potato chips. You’re more likely to feed a body you cherish fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. When you love yourself- curves, lumps and all- you may find that you naturally morph into your ideal body weight. When you feel comfortable in your skin, you’ll relish moving your body- doing yoga, going for a hike in nature, jogging on the beach.

From this place of self-love and acceptance, radical change can happen. And you don’t need to resolve anything. You will want to do it. Your body will know what it needs to be healthy. But in case you’re searching for some inspiration, here are some thoughts.

5 Tips For Owning & Improving Your Health in 2010

  1. Buy a juicer and start making green juice. Do a detoxifying green-juice cleanse, or add green juice as a supplement to your diet. By nourishing your body, you allow it to heal whatever ails you. Even if you’re already very healthy, adding green juice to your body can change your life by improving energy, mood, immune function, and confidence. You may even help your body fight cancer. Love your body enough to feed it well.
  2. Get moving. Walk 20 minutes each day. If that feels good, rev it up. Love yourself enough to get your body moving. The health benefits are endless.
  3. Be still. Most of us run around like chickens with our heads cut off, which leads to overwhelming levels of stress. Let your nervous system rest by spending some time in stillness. Try meditating, listening to guided imagery, sitting outside in nature, or taking a nap. Love your body enough to let it rest.
  4. Take a multi-vitamin and talk to your doctor about preventative supplements that might benefit you, such as fish oil and calcium. Love your body enough to optimize your preventative medicine.
  5. Listen to the wisdom of your body. Our bodies send us messages about what we can do to improve our health- and we tend to ignore what we don’t wish to hear. Love yourself enough to listen.

These are just some suggestions. But don’t let anyone else’s suggestions guide your path. Make a commitment to cherishing your beautiful, magnificent, sexy, healthy, radiant self. Then watch what happens. You may be surprised that 2010 is YOUR year- and all your dreams will come true. I know you can do it. I see you- the completely lovable, gorgeous, sparkly PINK you- and I believe in you.

Wishing you health and peace in 2010,

Lissa

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This blog, and the book on which it is based, is a complement to - not a substitute for - professional advice and intervention, and is not intended to replace the advice of a gynecologist or medical professional, who should be consulted about any health care issues that may affect the individual reader. The information contained in this book is the product of observations made by the author in her practice, as well as her review of relevant literature in her field of expertise. The literature at times reflects conflicting opinions and conclusions. The views expressed herein are the personal views of the author and are not intended to reflect the views of any group or organization with whom the author is affiliated.

Comments

Marjory's picture

Lissa, thank you my dear!

Lissa, thank you my dear! it's a pleasure and a joy being here with you all. Love our community! xo Marjory

Lissa Rankin's picture

Thank you, dear Marjory! So

Thank you, dear Marjory! So lovely to have you and your sweet soul among our community. xoxo Lissa

Marjory's picture

"Listen to the wisdom of your

"Listen to the wisdom of your body." Love it!

Lissa, this is great!! So much can unravel from a space of love and acceptance as you say. Lovely, just posted something along the line of your quote below today in my blog..We are so interconnected. Wohooo!

Loving it Pink!

Marjory

michele campbell's picture

More pink pearls of wisdom, I

More pink pearls of wisdom, I love it! As the new year begins, I like most others , am having thought of growth, change, and improvement. Now that I have come to live my life in the moment I am able to love myself for who I am now instead of someone that I am striving to become. I own and celebrate the beauty of who I am today, this very moment, imperfections and all. I now realize that sending out vibrations of self doubt regarding the future, and shame regarding the past, sends a signal to the Universe of unworthiness hindering my success. Great posting, YOU!

Living "N Loving in the Moment! ~Michele~

Lissa Rankin's picture

Oh, I love the Dr. Northrup

Oh, I love the Dr. Northrup quote, Danielle! Yes, I totally agree. Changes that are loved into being are- in fact- permanent. Changes that result from hating ourselves never are...

Danielle's picture

This post is so inspiring.

This post is so inspiring. It's true that when we feel good about our bodies we make more loving choices as to what we feed them and how we move them.

The part of loving acceptance reminds me of something Dr. Christiane Northrup says, "Changes that are loved into being are permanent." Once again, you two are very aligned!

Now off to take my supplements and go for a walk! Thanks, Lissa. xoxo

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