Your body is your Castle

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18. January 2016 by swissfitchick

Yes, it is.

Body Image, Body Acceptance, Body Love….it all goes hand in hand and bringing your mindset to a point when you are actually in peace with your body brings an assload of happiness.

I am so romantic.

Romantic Moonlight Vibes @ Bondi Beach, Sydney, January 2016

Romantic Moonlight Vibes @ Bondi Beach, Sydney, January 2016

Prerun Morning Glory, Bondi Beach, Sydney, January 2016

Prerun Morning Glory, Bondi Beach, Sydney, January 2016

Anyways. Living in Bondi for a month could be hard, if you don’t love your body – no matter how it looks like. The peeps here are fit and ripped, 90% of them. Especially around Icebergs, they show off their nakedness like it’s their job. Not that I mind of course. Shades are THE invention ever. It’s no big deal if I check out these Babes, cause 50% of them could be my own kids, so what’s the big deal. I am just Mamma, watching the kids putting sun screen on and not going to swim right after a meal. Maybe I could be a good mother.

Bayside Walk, Mission Beach, San Diego, CA, January 2016

Bayside Walk, Mission Beach, San Diego, CA, January 2016

Ocean Front, Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA, January 2016

Ocean Front, Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA, January 2016

I digress. Being 37 and turning 38 in only a few months, plus training and practising a good body image in my mind over years now, brought me to a point, where I feel relaxed and content around any kinds of bodies. I stopped to compare myself, cause honestly – comparison is the number ONE recipe to make yourself miserable. Don’t get me wrong – I have fat days. Days, when I spread 657836 pieces of clothing over my bed, cause NOTHING seems to look good. When I feel uncomfortable and insecure in my body. But these days became rare. The majority of the time I like what I see in the mirror. If I don’t, I wait a few days. If it doesn’t get better, I work harder on my nutrition, to feel healthy and comfortable again. Drink more, eat yo’ veggies, decrease salt and sugar. I am my strictest self critic and most of the time I am being hard on myself – that’s the side of the perfectionist in me, but I found a way to change my attitude to meet my inner self on a kinder level.

Avalon Beach, Catalina Island, Ca, January 2016

Avalon Beach, Catalina Island, Ca, January 2016

Fishermen, Catalina Island, Ca, January 2016

Fishermen, Catalina Island, Ca, January 2016

A body is a body. It works. It does so much for us, and it’s ONE body and ONE life. Being healthy is one of the most important privilege one can have – how much fat or muscles there is really doesn’t matter, as long as it is in a healthy relation.

I get quite the comments from people who see pictures of me and my friends. Like:’ Your friend is so skinny!’ or when I am with the CrossFit girls:’Oh God, all those muscles. Isn’t that too manly?’ – in all honesty, when I hear this, a collection of question marks starts to get stringed together over my head and I furrow my brow. Cause – my friends are my friends and I couldn’t care less about the way they look, as long as they are happy. My friends are number ONE in my life, they mean everything to me and I have friendships which last since over 30 years, cause I take care of them and will always, always do anything to see them happy. If they are muscle loaded, skinny, chubby, short, tall – I don’t even notice, cause it does not matter. The same goes for people around me – I LOVE getting to know new people and I am extremely curious to hear new stories about their lives – of course I make compliments to some, cause they just amaze me by their beauty. Though first, all I want to know is the person and its nature.

Four Blondes, Flickerfest@Bondi Beach, Sydney, January 2016

Four Blondes, Flickerfest@Bondi Beach, Sydney, January 2016

Bondi Beach Walk, Sydney, January 2016

Bondi Beach Walk, Sydney, January 2016

A body is a body. We have genes and proportions, and we ought to love our body just the way it is RIGHT NOW. Of course if we’re unhappy or feel unhealthy, we have the option to work on it. However, bashing our bodies is not the way to go. As soon as you start appreciating your body, you will manage to do GOOD things for it. You will do everything to take care of it and that way, it will GLOW. It deserves to glow. It deserves to get the best care in the world, which you are responsible for. What the best care for your body is, is personal and on everyone to find out by themselves.

Lunch plate @ Lamrock Cafe, Bondi Beach, Sydney, January 2016

Lunch plate @ Lamrock Cafe, Bondi Beach, Sydney, January 2016

 

Seafood Salad, Catalina Island, CA, January 2016

Seafood Salad, Catalina Island, CA, January 2016

I will never have small arms, but meanwhile they are toned with muscles and I like it. I will never have these beautiful brown eyes and shiny dark hair like one of the girls at CrossFit here and which I adore, but I have a golden circle around my pupil and I like my hair the way it is. Everyone is a different type and that’s what makes this world so interesting and wonderful.

Hike in Manly, January 2016

Hike in Manly, January 2016

Harbour Beach, Catalina Island, CA, January 2016

Harbour Beach, Catalina Island, CA, January 2016

So again, remember: you have ONE body and ONE life. Treat your body like the castle you want to live in. Fuel it, let it rest, move it, use it, like it, love it, dress it nicely, treat it with your favorite treats, touch it, show it. It does so much for you, it deserves the BEST care in the world. Do not compare, cause you will not be able to get a different body and that’s perfectly right like that. COMPARISON is the number ONE recipe to make yourself miserable.

Kajak Club, Avalon Beach, Catalina Island, Ca, January 2016

Kajak Club, Avalon Beach, Catalina Island, Ca, January 2016

xxx,

Luce

18 thoughts on “Your body is your Castle

  1. Evie’s Bloody Mary in that pic from Catalina island looks like the olives are staring at your yummy salad. LOL!

    Errrr… but more on topic, excellently written. And I 100% agree. And I think your arms are just perfect. Just go look at your tris in those pics from the tattoo shop!

  2. Fab words Lucie! I must admit doing crossfit has definitely helped me with my body issues – yes as I recovered I got ‘bigger’ but in doing so, rather than it causing me stress, I could see what the gains were actually doing, the improvements I was making in crossfit, getting stronger in both mind and body. Also everyone at crossfit looks so different… And you definitely cannot judge a book by its cover…

    I must admit though, I am glad I am over west coast… People at the beach here look a bit more ‘normal’ rather than ripped!

    • Haha, the people here definitely are not normal. Which makes it even more entertaining for me.

      CrossFit helped me tons with my body image too. Suddenly, performance is a thing and being skinny not so much anymore🙂

  3. That’s been one of my favourite things about getting older as well — the self acceptance that comes with it. I look back at pictures of myself when I was younger and can’t help but think “what the hell were you complaining about??!” And so much YES to this — “As soon as you start appreciating your body, you will manage to do GOOD things for it.” It kind of breaks my heart when I see people torturing their bodies with crazy diets and exercise regimes because they’re “disgusted” by what they see or how they feel. We get one body to last us through our whole life, and that one body lets us experience all the awesome things in life. Gotta treat it how it deserves to be treated – everything falls in place that way.

  4. Beautifully written and so true. Even though I’ll never have white blonde hair and violet eyes, I’m still thankful for makeup and hair color… Color contacts don’t suck either 😜

  5. Tara says:

    Great post! I do think self acceptance is something that comes with time and age. Travelling, and seeing how small and irrelevant you are in the grand scheme of things, helps too. You’re making me miss Bondi!

    • Traveling helps me so much too!! It puts you out if your comfort zone and things back in perspective.
      I’ve been to Manly last weekend loved it too! Next weekend is Manyana beach. So excited!

  6. “The peeps here are fit and ripped, 90% of them”

    Thanks alot, Lucie. Way to call out me and my family as that other 10%.

    I love this and as I age (ungracefully), self-acceptance becomes more and more prevelant- Although a work in progress.

    • You and your family are simply beautiful. No Six-pack needed. Some of the guys here must have a compensation for their IQ, fact.
      Always a work in progress! Self-acceptance can be hard – I am the first to know n

  7. We speak the same language Lucie. I struggle with my body image and body acceptance on a regular bases. I’ve made a lot of moves in the right direction over the past few years, somewhere along the way I finally realized I was never going to have a 6 pack and should stop comparing myself to 20 year olds. Beautifully written post, it’s nice to know I’m not alone in this constant battle with myself.

  8. cottercrunch says:

    that’s why i love getting older. I don’t care I just want health and happiness. Not looks. Well, yoiu know what i mean. Love this message and you

  9. So I’m literally in awe of my body these days. On one hand, I’m shocked by how little control I have over it right now, and on the other hand, I’m amazed a tiny human is growing inside of it. Seriously, it’s astounding.

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