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I Love My Body

As a female I have always been hard on myself about body image. As I was thinking about this blog it came to me that my first negative or "shameful" thought, that I remember, came around six years old. I remember a pediatrician made a shameful reference that I was wearing a 6x! I have never forgotten that. I remember my mom being very upset at him. I have seen pictures and I was fine! In my 30's I started being hard on myself about my body.

In 2013 when I had to have a double mastectomy I had a lot of time to think about body image. For a while I spent most days in a recliner thinking. I am grateful for that time because I was closer to God then than ever and I learned how wonderful our bodies are! I learned to be thankful for my body. I no longer take it for granted. Yeah, we can all do things to make it better but we need to be healthy and grateful for the body we were given. It was wonderfully made! “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;" Psalm 139: 14

After telling my doctor that between faith and exercise I was handling things fine she said that 30 minutes of cardio was equal to so many mg Prozac.

At night when I get hot I stick my foot out of the cover to cool off. I thought I was the only person who does that til I mentioned to my acupuncturist and she told me in Chinese medicine the foot is your thermometer and that is why people stick their foot out. Since then I learned lots of people do that and no one told us too. Yep, a God thing!

You can remove up to 2/3 of liver and it will regrow to its normal size within a few months.

Everyone has a completely unique smell....except for identical twins.

Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents.

Your bones, pound for pound, are 4x stronger than concrete!

The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue (another blog) and the hardest bone is the jaw bone!

In order to taste something, our saliva needs to dissolve it. Try drying off your tongue and tasting something.

And my favorite:

In just 30 minutes, your body can produce enough heat to boil half a gallon of water! :]

Next time you get ready to body shame or beat yourself up, stop! Thank God for your body and do not take it for granted! “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;" Psalm 139: 14


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