Perhaps the most vital—and most challenging—part of cultivating a better relationship with your body is learning to accept and love yourself as you are right now. Not when you’ve lost 5 pounds, when you have stronger arms or when you can run for 20 minutes without stopping! It might seem counter-intuitive: if I love myself as I am, should I stop striving to be better? Surely not being happy with where I’m at is the motivation I need to improve? The answer to both questions is a resounding no!
Picking yourself apart and being dissatisfied with who you are will always set you up for failure and usually have you trying to reach for unhealthy and unrealistic goals. When I really stopped and thought about this, I made a promise to myself that Fabletics would always try to make women feel good about themselves and their bodies. We’re here to empower women and make them feel incredible about themselves—and that goes for pro athletes and first-timers alike!
Like every other woman on the planet, my weight goes up and down, I have things I’m insecure about and I don’t always look or feel 100%. For me, it has always been important to get to a place where I know I’m doing what’s best for my body and not trying to reach a specific goal, a specific weight or look like someone else. I know when my body feels healthy and when my mind feels clear that I’m doing something right. If I looked in the mirror, hated what I saw and started crash dieting or exercising like crazy, it wouldn’t be sustainable. I’d be working against my body instead of with it.
On the other hand, if you start on your journey from a place of contentment and gratitude, things can only go up from there. I truly believe that you have to be positive about where you are now to be able to get to an even better place—and that’s physically, emotionally and spiritually. Take a moment to think about all the things you love about your body and all the incredible things it can do. Doesn’t that make you want to take even better care of it? When you truly love your body, you want to lavish yourself with the time, care and attention you need to make sure you always feel the best you can.
The key is to accept yourself as you are now but also as you have been in the past and as you will be in the future. And no, that doesn’t mean you should stop striving to run that marathon or just do that extra push-up. There’s always room for improvement, but it should come from a place of wanting—and knowing you deserve—the very best for yourself and your body.
Kate’s Take is a recurring monthly blog series with Fabletics Co-Founder Kate Hudson. Check back every month for Kate’s thoughts on a brand new topic!