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Instead of Criticizing Yourself, Focus In on What You Love About Your Body

Speak Up: What Do You Love the Most About Your Body?

I am loving that so many of you are taking part in our Get Fit For 2010 community challenge! Your stories are more than inspirational and I love that you're participating in the challenges.

When we're trying to lose weight or strengthen our bodies, it's easy to zero in on our problem areas. Heck, I do it myself — the other night at the gym I got a little down on myself for not having stronger arms. And while I think it's a good thing to recognize what areas we're trying to improve, focusing on the negative can tweak our body image in the worst way.

The next time you're feeling down about your weight or the way your body looks, focus in on something you really like about yourself. If you can't do that, then try visualizing the end goal of the path to fitness you're currently on — you're getting fitter, healthier, and stronger, and that's great. That night at the gym I quickly recovered by telling myself that I may not be as strong as I want to be, but I will get there soon. And even though I wish my arms were stronger, my legs are doing just fine!

How about you — what do you love the most about your body?

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Allytta Allytta 6 years
my face - even though i care extra weight, my face is still slim and has defined cheek bones. i also like my feet :) other parts are work in progress so i'm still on my way of loving them
Sinnamon-Jones Sinnamon-Jones 6 years
Ahhh... I love how strong I am! Even though not all people appreciate the effort that I put in to being a powerhouse, I love it. I am 5'8, a size 10-12 (sometimes 14 depending on the cut) and about 202 lbs and I don't look it. I love how active I am and how far I've come in terms of my fitness level. As for body parts, I love my calves since they are perfect and require no work. My legs are great... strong and shapely and look great in heels. Even though it needs a lot of work, I love my .tummy. It's nice and soft and I rub it at night..
sourcherry sourcherry 6 years
My waist and tummy, they're always in shape without much effort... And although I should do a lot more lunges, I still like my booty, I think it naturally has a nice shape...
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
I like my tummy. I never gain weight there :)
superfoxml superfoxml 6 years
I love how strong my legs are..and I love my badonkadonk booty. :)
zeze zeze 6 years
My waist and boobs, no matter what weight I'm at I always feel like I look good because my waist gains weight last while my boobs gain it first...keeping me curvy in a good way. I wish I could tone my thighs and butt though!
jessie jessie 6 years
sad...but at this very moment..nothing..phooey
laellavita laellavita 6 years
I love my legs best, they've always looked good, and it doesn't hurt that they make up a full 2/3 of my body -- long legs, short torso -- so that automatically means that 2/3 of my body looks good!
prodigallyyours prodigallyyours 6 years
What I like about my body changes from day to day, but I love my body overall.
DivaDivine DivaDivine 6 years
I love my waist and my boobs. I'm working on my abs now so I'll love them more in a few months :)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I have a fantastic booty. And my stomach is naturally pretty flat and hard. And my boobs are pretty great too. They may be small, but they're lovely :) I love my body, really. It's taken a long time, but I'm happy when I stand in front of the mirror getting dressed every day. And that makes me happy :)
insanitypepper insanitypepper 6 years
I really like my shoulders. My abs are great when I'm not bloated.
Lyv Lyv 6 years
My calves and my feet, definitely ! And even though my thighs are not exactly magazine material I really like them too. Yeah basically I'm in love with my legs. I'm gonna be one of those 50-year-old ladies everyone looks down on for wearing shorts.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I absolutely love my entire upper body--my arms, shoulders, and chest are all very shapely and I love to show them off. I can definitely rock a tank top. I also love how muscular my legs and butt are, but they're short and stubby too, so they aren't my "favorite" body part.
RVASarah RVASarah 6 years
I L-O-V-E my hourglass figure and my clavicle. :-D
runningesq runningesq 6 years
shoulders and my butt ! from lots of hours in the pool and on the road/ saddle, respectively :)
AZDaisy AZDaisy 6 years
I don't feel like I work my shoulders and back as much as I should, but for some reason this area is the most toned of my body, and I love it! But in general I'm happy with my body, and I'm almost at my goal weight :)
Splintera Splintera 6 years
Since I've started working out I've been loving my whole body. I am so toned and lean now. Though if I had to choose a favorite body part, it would be my legs and butt. I don't really have to work hard on them, they come easy.
lydialee_home lydialee_home 6 years
I love my biceps - that's why I wear a lot of tank tops in summer time.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 6 years
I love my shoulders and back.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 6 years
I'm most proud of my abs... mainly because I can see the results of my hard work there! A close second would be my butt.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Truthfully, I like how everything comes together. There's no single body part I like most. When it comes to my body, I like the entire package.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
I like my petite height (5'2), my butt (thankfully, my culture loves the bigger the better), my hips, and my relatively flat stomach (after two kids, which is a feat).
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