Body Bliss: What Do You Love about Yourself?

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
10/8/2008 8:34 AM   :  455 comments

We are our own worst critics. Somehow, it’s all too easy to zero in on everything you don’t like about your body when you look in the mirror. Similarly, one harsh comment from another person can stick with you for the rest of your life. (I’ll never forget how I felt when several kids wrote my name next to “ugliest cheerleader” in a middle school slam book.) Why is it that we can easily recall these negative comments, or recite a laundry list of things we’d like to change about ourselves, but when asked to recall the most recent compliment you got, or list your best feature, you come up blank? It’s time to change that!

Let’s stop dwelling on the negative and start focusing on all the positives! No matter what kind of shape you’re in, how far you are from your ideal weight, or how much you might have been picked on, we all have something to offer. I don’t care if the only thing you find cute is your little toe. There has to be something you’re proud of.

Now’s your chance to toot your own horn without judgment! In this game, there is no such thing as being too arrogant or too conceited. Can you list 5 things you like—maybe even love—about your appearance? How about 10, 20, or even 50? Share them with the world by commenting below! Let those creative juices flow. You deserve to feel beautiful, handsome, and special—and it’s OK to tell yourself that you are, even if no one else does.

And next time you’re trying to motivate yourself to push through an extra mile on the treadmill, think about this list instead of the things you wish you could change. Chances are, you’ll feel happy and be motivated to finish that workout with gusto!


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  • JACKSOTA1
    455
    I love my hazel eyes
    I love my 40 lb weight loss
    I love the fact that even after a spinal fusion I'm running again
    I love being 50 and looking like I'm in my 30's
    I love the man I'm dating who loves me no matter what - 6/2/2013   1:50:38 PM
  • 454
    Things I like about my appearance?
    1-eye color-blue
    2-complexion-have always gotten compliments on that
    3-hands-inherited from my mother-another source of compliments
    4-height- 5'9" so not really tall but tall enough
    5-there is much less of me than there was before my "road to health" began
    The thing I like most about my body has nothing to do with appearance. It is simply that regardless of all my many aches and pains, I have always been able to keep moving. Not always easily but still gets me through my day. - 6/2/2013   1:45:51 PM
  • 453
    I love my eyes, my hair (I own my grey, lol), my hands, my shoulders, and my calves. - 6/2/2013   1:11:25 PM
  • 452
    I am 61 and recently retired. People do not believe that I am 61 and that makes me soooo happy and proud as well. I am not my grandmother who reclined in a chaise lounge and had a maid at my age. I have had my ups and down on this 31 year fitness journey but mostly ups. Recently I invested in a wonderful skin care regime prescribed by my dermatologist and my skin looks wonderful and healthy~and I am getting more rest~feels soooo good taking care of me. I eat clean! I also exercise for more than 2 hours everyday. A 2.5 mile trail walk w/steep hills in the morning is now my "new warmup." I am strong and my muscles are toned. My calf strain in 98% healed and I look forward to returning to my running this week as running in nature makes me feel invincible. I feel great both physically and emotionally. - 6/2/2013   12:51:58 PM
  • 451
    I love myself a lot more now than I did when I was younger...and thinner...With age and wisdom, I have learned that I will never look like Raquel Welsh, and I am okay with that now...and wouldn't trade with anyone.
    I love my hair, my lips, my teeth, my eyes, my eyebrows, my fingernails, my waist, my hips, the strength in my legs, the softness of my stomach, the color of my skin. I am working on loving my breasts, which have taken a nose dive this past year....working on loving 40yrs old...and I do!...just have to get used to it. - 6/2/2013   12:07:10 PM
  • TRACEY5280
    450
    My wrists
    Naturally straight teeth
    My hair (it's graying in a very pretty way)
    My feet
    Finger nails
    (this was hard and shouldn't be!) - 6/2/2013   11:42:40 AM
  • 449
    love my naturally wavy hair
    love my calves
    love that I am a great listener
    love my breasts
    love my skin it tans easily and rarely burns as long as I use sunscreen
    - 6/2/2013   11:41:15 AM
  • 448
    My Calves
    My neck
    my cheekbones
    my eyes
    my red hair - 6/2/2013   11:27:14 AM
  • 447
    Boy this was harder than I though it would be:
    My eyes as they tell me how I am feeling
    My legs because they have a nice shape, even though they are short
    My finger nails they are easy to grow and are strong
    My hair, the older I get the more I love the natural wave and thickness it has
    My height, being 4' 11" has it's challenges but I can't dream of life any taller - 6/2/2013   11:23:46 AM
  • 446
    1) I have a nice hour-glass shape, even being a big girl
    2) I have been told several times that I have beautiful brown sparkly eyes.
    3) I am clever
    4) I have cute feet and toes
    5) I have a cute smile
    6) I blush prettily

    I made myself come up with an extra! - 7/30/2012   11:18:13 AM
  • CHISTES
    445
    1. My colar bone is nice and defined
    2. My eyes are a nice big brilliant blue green
    3. I have full soft lips (I've been told multiple times the softest someone has ever felt)
    4. My arms are small and yet strong for their size
    5. My hair is long blonde, soft as silk with a million natural highlights - 7/27/2012   12:56:22 PM
  • 444
    oh, gosh...

    1. Naturally straight and white teeth.
    2. High cheekbones.
    3. I've developed some great biceps over the past couple months! WOO :)
    4. Nice fingers.
    5. that I'm a quick learner!
    6. that I've found somebody who loves everything about me even though I can't think of many things to love about myself :) - 7/16/2012   12:26:44 PM
  • MISSBOMB
    443
    i have a very beautiful personality,and beautiful hands and feet. lovely skin,no marks on my body from head to toe. - 6/13/2012   11:50:10 AM
  • 442
    1. I love the shape and colour of my eyes
    2. I like the tips of my nails - they're naturally very white.
    3. I have high cheek bones
    4. I've got a nice skin colour
    5. My hair is shiny.
    Wow, that was hard. You're right; I could raffle off a huge long list of things I hate about myself, but this took a LOT of thought. I think I'm going to write out my hate list and see if I can change it to a love list. - 6/13/2012   6:58:23 AM
  • 441
    This is a GREAT idea
    1 I have a nice smile
    2 I have a nice chest
    3 I have nice teeth (thanks to braces when in HS)
    4 I love my height
    5 I have a long neck
    - 6/12/2012   3:05:53 PM
  • 440
    Thanks for making me take a moment to think of the things I like about me:

    1. Long legs
    2. My height (5'11")
    3. My teeth
    4. Long fingers
    5. (Relatively) small hips

    What a positive way to start my day. Thanks! - 6/4/2012   7:04:35 AM
  • 439
    I love these 5 things about me.
    1. my eyes
    2. my lips
    3. my boobs
    4. my butt
    5. my nose

    there is definitely more things that I love about me, but you only asked for five--- I could be here all day---because I love everything about me - 5/31/2012   12:27:14 PM
  • SMDUNSEATH
    438
    I love my nose,skin,hands,skin,teeth,long legs, - 5/19/2012   10:42:31 PM
  • 437
    my eyes
    my lips
    my boobs
    my hips
    my 0% fat calves
    love this exercise, thanks nicole, strangely never thought about the positive parts of my body for this long!! - 5/18/2012   8:01:34 AM
  • SBNORMAL
    436
    my strong legs, my brown skin (does not show stretch marks as easy) my stubby fingers. my humor and my HOPE FOR the FUTURE (my heart) - 5/8/2012   5:29:10 AM
  • 435
    My blue eyes
    My beautiful smile
    My caring heart
    My sense of humor
    My love of puns - 5/6/2012   5:01:35 PM
  • 434
    eyes, teeth,voluptiousness, the beginnings of an hourglass figure, calves
    (my husband likes the backside...) - 5/5/2012   10:00:51 PM
  • EURYDICE86
    433
    I love, well... my hair colour - copper brown and shiny,
    eyes
    shoulders, they are nice and round
    really small feet and hands - hard to shop for but feminine
    my nails - used to bite them all my life until two years ago, by now they are long and very strong and pretty
    my flexibility, it feels great to hear compliments about doing yoga poses good at first try - 5/4/2012   4:17:06 PM
  • 432
    What I love about my appearance:
    1) Eyes
    2) Butt
    3) Chest
    4) Freckles
    5) Hair
    6) Tattoos!
    - 5/3/2012   10:39:19 AM
  • 431
    I love my Head and My toes....and everything inbetween - 2/28/2012   3:26:37 PM
  • MISIUNAS
    430
    5 things I love about my body:
    My butt
    My eyes
    My feet
    My chest and neckline
    My hair - 2/28/2012   2:41:45 PM
  • 429
    I love
    *My eye color--dark blue indoors, light blue outdoors
    *My nose--it is smallish and reminds me of my Grandma
    *My legs--which are strong and remind me that I am strong
    *My small hands--which remind me of my Mom
    *My ankles - 2/28/2012   1:37:08 AM
  • 428
    Since I am on my first day of my journey I think I will start with these and go from there:

    1. My kids that my body brought into this world
    2.The color of my eyes
    3.My sense of humor
    4.My hair
    5.My stubborn streak that will keep me on my journey (hopefully) - 2/26/2012   6:00:36 PM
  • JWILLIAMS0424
    427
    I love my entire mouth and my tattoed legs - 2/26/2012   1:58:28 PM
  • 426
    my legs and butt - 2/25/2012   4:22:38 AM
  • ANGELA2720
    425
    ok here it goes, 1) compexion 2) my calves 3)butt 4) eyes 5) hands
    - 2/24/2012   1:18:14 PM
  • 424
    I love my:

    breasts,
    smile,
    face,
    waistline,
    and that I'm evenly porportioned - 2/24/2012   12:30:22 PM
  • 423
    1. skin complexion
    2. my wrists
    3. hands
    4. the mole between my eyes almost even with my eye brows (my mom and grandma also had one, and I was adopted so it always felt like I wasn't somehow
    5. my freckles and even now the large ones (surely not age spots!!! :)
    - 2/24/2012   12:05:28 PM
  • 422
    1) EYES!
    2) Hair
    3) Lips
    4) Legs
    5) Personality ;) - 1/18/2012   3:31:53 PM
  • ATAMASAUCKAS
    421
    I love,

    my eyes, my feet, my butt, smile, and my friendlyness ^_^ - 1/15/2012   10:22:39 PM
  • KILLIANCOLLEEN
    420
    5 things I love about me:

    1 My eyes
    2 My hair
    3 My strong nails
    4 My pale skin (no tanning beds here!)
    5 My muscles! - 1/15/2012   3:43:27 PM
  • 419
    5 things I like about me:
    my hair
    my legs
    my sense of humor

    Thanks coach!
    my eyes
    my skin - 1/15/2012   2:18:50 PM
  • 418
    5 things I like about my appearance:
    My strong legs
    My tiny ankles
    My luscious lips
    My shiny hair
    My tiny feet (even if they make finding shoes hard, they're cute)

    5 Things I love about the rest of me (because appreciating yourself isn't just about your body, in my opinion):
    My patience and efforts to understand/empathize with others
    My imagination
    My resolve
    My kindness, truly out of love
    My artistic eye

    :D Thanks! ( I still feel like I'm bragging, but thanks.)
    Jocelyn - 1/14/2012   1:42:02 PM
  • 417
    Okay, this is difficult for me, but here it goes.....My eyes, face, complexion, kindness and empathy toward others, my musical talents (singing, playing piano), and my smile . - 1/12/2012   9:28:57 AM
  • 416
    I have really nice forearms and calves...Hey, you gotta start somewhere. - 1/12/2012   8:58:52 AM
  • 415
    I LOVE...my smile, my nose, my hips(my husband loves them), my complexion..nearly flawless for my age,
    my eyes, my legs..because they look great in boots and dresses
    My singing voice, it helps me tell everyone else who I am inside - 12/27/2011   12:07:24 PM
  • 414
    (1)My face (2)legs (3)mind (4)my smile (5)my strength - 12/26/2011   10:55:02 AM
  • 413
    I love my:

    Smile
    Complexion/People think I'm younger than I am.
    Figure/curves
    Butt
    Calves
    I feel sexy again
    Inner/outer strength
    Inner beauty
    Feet
    I love my life! - 11/30/2011   2:51:13 PM
  • 412
    All of me. My beautiful brown flawless skin and my long full figured legs. My plump booty. My natural hair. Shoot I am something special. - 11/30/2011   9:19:01 AM
  • 411
    Ok here goes:
    1. My butt
    2. My boobs
    3. The fact that most people believe I am younger than my age (especially men)
    4. My hair
    5. My smile - 11/29/2011   5:02:51 PM
  • 410
    My eyes,
    My face
    My complexion
    My sense of humor
    My hair
    My kindness
    My writing ability
    My creativity
    My smile
    My strong legs
    My neck
    My hair
    My strength that I never knew I had
    My optimisim - 10/14/2011   8:16:49 AM
  • 409
    My Eyes...lips...hair...hands...legs..
    .breast...brain...humor...nose - 10/12/2011   8:38:25 PM
  • POAFIT
    408
    My eyes - brilliantly blue and I can see :- )
    My big, strong thighs that help me to be a strong runner, cyclist, etc.
    My shoulders, arms, back - strong
    My heart - keeps me going and helps me to help others
    Thank you for this uplifting exercise. Very motivational too. Might be a good thing to put on the mirror to see every morning. :- )


    - 10/12/2011   12:31:46 PM
  • TIERNEY72
    407
    This is hard considering my low self esteem problem lately!
    Yet I can list 5 things that I have always loved:)
    1. My big,white,straight teeth and big lips that give me my smile
    2. My ankles
    3.My stomach
    4.My nose
    5.My funky eye color and shape:) - 9/14/2011   5:13:47 AM
  • 406
    I have been overweight ALL of my life (according to the national standard) but have always had a positive/healthy self image. No matter my weight I have always been told and always thought I was beautiful. With that said the 5 things I appreciate most about myself are:

    My eyes: I have big beautiful brown eyes (and I know how to work them)

    My large and healthy rear end: a lot of people hate a large rear end, but I (and just as importantly MEN) love a large rear end

    My hands and nails: I have been to told dozens of times that I should be a hand model. I have really cute hands (even though they are fat) and have really great/strong nails. Even the manicurist comment on my nails when I go to different salons.

    My Toes: I think I have really cute toes.

    My Calves: I have strong muscular calves

    My Hair: Long and healthy
    - 8/12/2011   2:52:53 PM

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