I like to stay healthy. Especially with my very sedentary job. Squash is my main form of exercise, but I try to bolster it with occasional trips to the gym to hit the bike and weights.
Standing in front of the mirror, with a couple of weights in my hands, I looked at my reflection and thought, “You don’t look half bad you know.” I’ve never been one to be overly concerned about body image. A long time ago I accepted the shape I am. But today was the first time I looked at my reflection and looked at it in more than an accepting kind of way.
Sure I’m short – at 5″2, I’m no super model. My belly’s a bit wobbly, but it’s not that bad. I have arms. In that my arms have muscles. They actually look pretty good. Wide shoulders for someone who’s “petite”, thanks to years of swim training as a kid. Thanks to squash, I now have calves that aren’t just a bit wibbly wobbly. All in all, it’s a pretty good package.
And today I looked at myself and was happy with what I saw. Genuinely happy. I might have actually said in my head, “I DO look good”. Think we could all do with saying that to ourselves a bit more often.