It takes courage to make lifestyle changes and faith to overcome our obstacles. My hope is that by sharing my personal and professional experiences with you, we can both be courageous in our journeys of faith and fitness!

Gettin’ Naked Series: That’s What Makes You Beautiful

Confession: I am over 30 and I like One Direction. Go ahead. Judge. I like Justin Bieber too. I’m a pop music fan what can I say? Don’t worry, I don’t have posters of them hanging in my room, but oh man, I would have back in the day.

On to what this post is really about: cue the lyrics.

You’re insecure,
Don’t know what for,
You’re turning heads when you walk through the door,
Don’t need make-up,
To cover up,
Being the way that you are is enough,

Everyone else in the room can see it,
Everyone else but you,

Baby you light up my world like nobody else,
The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed,
But when you smile at the ground it ain’t hard to tell,
You don’t know,
Oh, oh,
You don’t know you’re beautiful,
If only you saw what I can see,
You’d understand why I want you so desperately,
Right now I’m looking at you and I can’t believe,
You don’t know,
Oh, oh,
You don’t know you’re beautiful

True Beauty

These are some of the lyrics to One Directions‘ song called “Beautiful.” They are singing about every young girl I know and even the majority of grown women! We don’t know we’re beautiful. Is it arrogant to say and believe that you’re beautiful? I don’t think so, but most would hesitate to call themselves beautiful, at least out loud. Could you put on your swim suit, look in the mirror and say “I’m beautiful?” Not sure I’m completely there, but I’m learning to embrace what our culture would call flaws on my body and instead, seek a healthy lifestyle for more than erasing imperfections. A beautiful person would define beauty in such a different way than much of the world defines it. A beautiful person radiates joy, love, compassion, and lights up a room when they walk through the door. When I think of women that I think are really beautiful, here are the things that stand out to me when I picture them in my head. Big, genuine smiles. A hearty and contagious belly laugh. Incredible listeners and ears of compassion.  Eyes that twinkle and really see you. Lovers…they love life, they love you, they love little things and they love big things. Peace, they exude peace. They aren’t full of worry or complaint, but are sincerely grateful every day. They are real and down to earth and their humility does not look like meekness, but more like gentleness and kindness that comes from being selfless. There are some beautiful women that seem to have glowing skin and hair, but it’s almost as if their hair and skin are just shining with what’s coming from within. When I think of the beautiful women in my life, not many of them are super lean, bikini wearing, body baring girls. In fact, most women I know who fit that description are quite selfish and insecure. So rather than seeking exercise and good nutrition to chase down beauty, maybe we find healthy by embracing the beauty that’s all ready present. Being healthy means healthy from heart, soul, mind to body.

This video was shared with me and I think this young woman has a “beautiful” message.

Later this week, I’ll show you my body again. Bare all. (Well, not TOO much.) I’ll show you all of it’s imperfections and flaws, but also show you how I am viewing it right now. My “trouble zones” are more about the flaws of how I see myself than about the cellulite on my thighs. I’m hoping by sharing and baring, you will be challenged to redefine beauty and your own “trouble zones.”

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