9 Body-Positive Quotes to Boost Your Self-Esteem


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4/15/2014 6:00 AM   :  41 comments   :  138,303 Views

No matter how much time you put in at the gym or how thoughtfully you nourish your body, everyone suffers from body-image issues from time to time. When you need a little boost of self-esteem (and who doesn't), here are 9 of our favorite quotes and mantras. (Each quote is a separate image so, if you find one you really like, you can right click it to open in a new window and print it out.) Be sure to "Pin" this page to revisit when you need to be reminded that you're good enough as you are (right now) no matter what!

"When life throws you curves, embrace them!" Whether you're curvy or thin or somewhere in between, embrace the body you have right now. Chicken legs or thunder thighs, your legs and feet take you where you want to go. Skinny arms or bat wings, your arms let you hug your kids. Love your body, it's your home!

"Happiness isn't size specific." Many people discover that after losing weight they're about as happy as they ever were. Happiness is a choice not a condition of achieving a "perfect" body. Choose to be happy right now!

"There is no wrong way to have a body." We're all human. We all have flaws. Your body is yours and you should love it for all the things it can do.

"You are so much more than the number you see on the scale." The scale can't tell you how you good you feel. The scale can't tell you how much you're loved. The scale can't tell you how much you should love yourself. It can't even tell you how strong you are. All it does is measure the effect of gravity on your body. That's it!

"Exercise because you love your body, not because you hate it." Exercise should never be a punishment for something you eat. It should make you feel good and strong and energized. Move out of love for yourself and your body rather than focusing on how many calories you're burning.

"Don't say anything about yourself that you wouldn't say about your best friend." Would you tell your best friend that she was lazy, worthless and fat. Would you say that you hate her and wish she would just change. No, of course, not! So stop saying those hateful things to yourself!

"If someone has a problem with your body, it's their problem--not yours!" Your body is your business. If someone says something rude to you about your body it's because of their own self-esteem issues. You're under no obligation to agree with them!

"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line." To be kind to others and love them you must first be kind to yourself. Start by loving yourself and then allow yourself to see the entire world with love rather than judgement. Can you imagine how good that would feel?

"To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven." You live with yourself day in and day out for your entire life. Can you make being in your own skin a joy rather than a misery? You can if you focus on living in the moment and enjoying all the good things your body has to offer, rather than worrying about its imperfections.

What's your favorite quote or saying that helps you to appreciate the body you have?

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  • 41
    you say not to say things you wouldn't say to a friend, yet you use words that diminish a good body view: "...Chicken legs or thunder thighs, your legs and feet take you where you want to go. Skinny arms or bat wings...",
    I realize that you are trying to use an example, but no one wants to hear those words. Can't you just say..."whatever you think are your flaws, remember that your legs and feet take you where you want to go...your arms hug your kids...." etc. - 3/18/2015   1:28:36 PM
    "You don't have to be great, in order to start. You have to start, in order to be great!" - 1/11/2015   2:59:15 PM
  • 39
    to save a quote: using your mouse, right click, "save image as" and then save it :) Then, to share it, just make sure you know where it is... and then send it to someone on Facebook or some other site :) - 9/13/2014   8:26:22 PM
  • DUCKY2222
    Let me apologize first for what might offend some but I say this to myself.
    Exercise is a pain in the ass, but I sure like the one it's giving me!!! Another is
    When I sweat I know it's my fat crying!
    - 9/13/2014   8:40:13 AM
  • 37
    Don't say anything to yourself you wouldn't say to a friend!-I have used that one myself, and I try to rephrase what I said to myself, and ask myself, would you say that to a friend, and if not, what would you say instead? It helps me:) - 9/13/2014   4:43:44 AM
  • 36
    I love the first graphic. lol!! - 8/17/2014   7:38:41 PM
  • 35
    great quotes - 8/17/2014   7:28:41 PM
  • 34
    "To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven." - 8/17/2014   4:27:22 PM
    Love these! Thank you!!! - 8/17/2014   12:54:17 PM
    Best thing on SP. Ever. Thank you. - 8/17/2014   10:02:00 AM
  • 31
    "Charity is having patience with someone who has let us down.
    It is resisting the impulse to become offended easily.
    It is accepting people as they truly are.
    It is looking beyond physical appearances
    to attributes that do not dim through time.
    It is resisting the impulse to categorize others."
    Thomas S. Monson - 8/17/2014   8:59:10 AM
  • 30
    I love these. I think it's important to remind yourself to love yourself no matter your size during this process of getting healthy. It can be easy to forget. - 7/19/2014   4:22:14 PM
  • 29
    Love all of these! - 7/19/2014   3:48:11 AM
  • ONLYME33
    What you are is God's Gift to you, And what you make of yourself is your gift to him... Sooo, everyone Remember God Don't Make No Junk. We are the ones who make ourselves that way, so we are the ones who need to change, But always know; We are all precious..Try looking at ourselves through his eyes. Amen - 6/21/2014   10:39:43 AM
  • 27
    thanks - 6/19/2014   12:51:15 PM
    Like Hallmark, "When you care enough to send the very best..." You need to care enough about your body large or small to give yourself the best of what it needs, good food, good exercise, good complements. Treat yourslef the way you treat a good friend. Ignoring an unhealthy body or a body shape you don't find appealing or a disability doesn't help you to change. You have to do the work in a positive manner to get positive results, and that takes time and effort. - 6/17/2014   1:25:34 PM
  • 25
    Only maybe 2 of these I find helpful. They are nice and clever, but, for the most part, they don't encourage change, they promote "stay the same". - 6/17/2014   12:18:21 PM
    These are great things to remember. One for every day of the week and two extras for the weekend! - 6/17/2014   9:59:00 AM
  • 23
    My favorite when eating and exercising healthy is " I can't wait for tomorrow, because I get better looking every day"......... Lol - 6/17/2014   8:20:36 AM
  • 22
    awesome - 6/17/2014   7:49:13 AM
  • 21
    "Nothing can bring you peace but yourself." - Ralph Waldo Emerson That includes loving yourself!

    Thank you for this article and the posters! - 5/15/2014   11:11:26 PM
  • 20
    I'd love to be able to put these on the Goal Board of my Start Page - 4/24/2014   11:06:08 PM
  • 19
    Thank-you for having these for us! I'm gonna print , frame and hang them all around! - 4/23/2014   8:29:50 AM
    Lucille Ball is my most favorite comedian of all time. I love her encouragement most of all "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line"!!!
    - 4/22/2014   8:16:55 AM
    I enjoyed the quotes so much, the best one is" Love yourself first and everything else falls in the line!" from Lucille Ball.
    Thanks a lot. - 4/22/2014   6:42:51 AM
  • 16
    My favorite was "Love yourself first and everything else will fall in place." by Lucille Ball is one of my favorites. - 4/18/2014   3:03:14 PM
  • 15
    How do you saved them too share ?,Ilic them all. - 4/16/2014   8:45:55 PM
  • 14
    I LOVE this article! So inspiring and filled with self love/appreciation!! Way to go SP! - 4/16/2014   10:44:00 AM
  • PISCES20
    Wonderful and inspirational! - 4/16/2014   4:45:49 AM
    Awwesome and Inspiration quotes to live by! - 4/15/2014   4:00:42 PM
  • 11
    hard to pick a favorite they are all great copied several to post where i can see them. - 4/15/2014   3:15:27 PM
  • 10
    Real eye openers. Made me look in my own mirror. - 4/15/2014   2:58:17 PM
  • 9
    I love some of these quotes. They made me stop and think real hard. - 4/15/2014   1:07:43 PM
  • 8
    Lucille Ball was funny lady. - 4/15/2014   12:12:22 PM
  • 7
    Nice to not see a bunch of skinny bashing come out of this too. Remember, if you wouldn't say it about someone your size, don't say it about someone of another. - 4/15/2014   10:20:27 AM
  • 6
    Am loving all of these quotes and the commentary is even better!! Thanks for these. The last 2 are my favorites as I'm working on them right now. Thank you!!! - 4/15/2014   9:12:01 AM
    The best one was in the commentary - "Love your body - it's your home!" - 4/15/2014   8:26:31 AM
  • 4
    exercise because you love your body; if someone doesn't like your body, it's their problem; and don't say about yourself what you wouldn't say about your best friend. - 4/15/2014   3:35:09 AM
  • 3
    Great quotes, thanks for sharing. I especially love the one "Exercise because you love your body....." because that's exactly the mentality i am trying to build. - 4/15/2014   1:48:37 AM
    Thanks for sharing these. - 4/15/2014   1:44:11 AM
  • 1
    Real runways have curves! - 4/15/2014   12:24:54 AM

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