"Then, just when I think my body is gonna break and throw in the towel, it begins to heal itself. My stomach repairs itself and I can eat again, my brain begins to think clearly and walking is no longer difficult."
Seriously think about it for just a minute. Our bodies are self healing, we get a scratch and our skin heals. They are adaptable, we go from hot to cold and every temp in between and our bodies acclimate. And goodness gracious these bodies we've got endure for decades, the average life span these days for a woman in the US is 81.1 years.
Our bodies are incredible and I'll give you a personal example. I'm a breast cancer survivor and I'm in the middle of fighting it for the second time. I'm going through chemo every 3 weeks for 5 months. This means I poison my body every 3 weeks with some of the harshest chemicals on the planet. The poison knocks my body down and leaves no area untouched. Hair falls out out, nails turn black, my stomach can't hold food, my brain doesn't think straight and walking from the bed to the bathroom feels like a marathon. It's truly brutal. Then, just when I think my body is gonna break and throw in the towel, it begins to heal itself. My stomach repairs itself and I can eat again, my brain begins to think clearly and walking is no longer difficult. My body is making its astounding come back. Every 3 weeks it takes a serious beating from the poison but without fail it repairs itself every single time.
So why am I sharing this? Because we women are so often hard on our bodies. We may hate the way we look, compare ourselves to others and wish we were different or have negative self talk about our bodies. I'm definitely guilty of the negative self talk. I used to finish a training session and be upset with my body. why aren't I going faster? why don't I look like a swimmer in the water? I want muscles like that woman has...
This fight with cancer has shown me that my body is amazing exactly as it is every damn day. Our bodies do extraordinary stuff every single day and it's time to treat them kindly and be thankful for what they do for us. It's time to finish a training session and say “thank you body for what you just did”. No buts or only ifs or picking apart our bodies performance. Stop and just say “thank you body”. An attitude of gratitude for our bodies as we've only been given one so why not treat it kindly and be thankful for what it's capable of.
So I challenge everyone that reads this to do the simple act of saying “thank you body” once a day and see how it starts to change your view of your body.
I'd love to hear how this goes, please feel free to share here in the comments or reach out to me on FB or Instagram @ttoth07.
Written By: Tamara Toth, Tri Sirena Siren Luminary
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