Emotions and Perceptions The Journey Of Self Love

Let’s Stop Swimming Upstream

“I’m not going to sacrifice my mental health to have the perfect body.” ~Demi Lovato

Have you ever felt as if you really are driving yourself crazy with worry over what your body looks like? I certainly have and it’s NOT a good feeling. If we are turning to our bodies to find a commercialized form of perfection, we are going to be let down every time because the type of “perfect body” we see in ads and on television doesn’t really exist! So why or why do we let ourselves use it as a measuring stick? Talk about living our lives swimming upstream! That’s a painful way to live! What would happen if we shifted our energy toward recognizing all the amazing qualities of our bodies instead? It’s not our bodies that need changing, friends…..it’s our definition of perfection.

Our bodies are the greatest gift we could have been given on this earth. Taking care of ourselves extends way past eating healthy foods and exercising. Changing our perspective to truly respect and love our bodies is just as important. Often we think…”I WILL love my body, when it’s thinner.” Or “I’ll love my body when it’s more fit.” But that’s soooo backwards! That’s like telling our kids we will love them when they start acting the way WE want them to! I’m talking about UNCONDITIONAL love for ourselves….just like the kind we extend to others most dear to us.

Loving our bodies can feel quite uncomfortable at first but that’s only because for many of us, we have never done it! An easy way to start is to make a list of all the things that are most important to you and then think about how your body has helped bring these things to your life. The arms you hug your family with, the legs and feet that carry you every where you want to go, the stomach that housed your babies for 9+ months. Keep going and allow yourself to dig deep in this mental exercise. Once we start to really notice everything our bodies do for us, we quickly realize how much we take them for granted. No matter what size or shape, there are dozens of reasons to love and cherish the miracle of having this body we were given. In the process of awakening to this truth, we start see ourselves in a new light and wow, does it feel good! SO much better than the old, negative, critical way of seeing ourselves. Living in the flow of gratitude for what we do have ALWAYS feels amazing! So let’s do it!

Hope to see you at one of my Weight Watchers meetings this week! My schedule is below along with my contact info. Reach out if I can be of any help to you!!! Have a fabulous day!

All is well❤️


Terra Ayres, Agent Owner/Broker

Stone Tower Properties, powered by eXp Realty

My Website: www.terraayres.com

Email: Terra@stonetowerproperties.com

Text: 630.921.5706

Weight Watchers Leader Schedule

Tuesday’s Schaumburg 10am

Thursday’s Geneva 530pm

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  • Melinda
    July 6, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    You have an uncanny ability to read my mind…your posts always give me the perspective I need at just the right time. Thank you so much. 🙂
    I need to find my way back to your meetings…!

    • Terra
      July 7, 2018 at 6:44 am

      Melinda! How wonderful to hear from you! Thanks for reaching out! It makes me sooo happy to know my post resonated with you! Please stop in and see me sometime! Im at the Geneva Weight Watchers on Thursday nights at 530p. Im also in Schaumburg on Tuesdays at 10am, but I know that’s pretty far for you. Or Im always up for grabbing coffee! Just text me 630.921.5706 :)))

  • JoAnne Bullock
    June 26, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    Love reading your positive and inspiring words Terra! Thank you!!

  • Cheryl
    June 26, 2018 at 7:36 am

    You are truly a gift, Terra. Your words brought tears to my eyes. Everything you said was so true for me and I know for most women. I have strived my whole life for a perfect body and now that I am at goal, I still don’t think I look as good as I want to.

    Thank you for your words of wisdom and ways to counteract the lies I tell myself.

    • Terra
      June 26, 2018 at 8:20 am

      You’re very welcome…we have to stick together to combat those negative lies❤️❤️ Love hearing from you