Dear Body, I Love You.

by tinareale on March 12, 2013

I specifically left one particular link off of my Weekly Reader post yesterday afternoon. Why? Well, Christine’s Letter To My Body post struck a chord with me after reading it last week. Then I read Angela’s own letter to her body. During my run yesterday morning, I kept pondering what these two beautiful women shared and what *I* would include in my own letter to my body. Then, I figured instead of just thinking about it, why not write it out and share my own? It was very cathartic and went in a different direction than I anticipated. I totally think you should do one too. and see where it leads you.

dearbody

Dear Body,

I don’t know where to begin. We’ve certainly been through so much.

Part of me wishes to apologize for the years of abuse when I vacillated between too plenty and too little in how I fed you and exercised you. But then, I feel like you have forgiven me those years, just as I have forgiven myself. They do not define me. Nor do they any longer define you. So, sorry doesn’t cover it.

I could thank you endlessly for what you help me do daily. For the hugs you give to my children. For the way you give yourself to the most wonderful man I have the blessing of calling my husband. For the physical activity you perform almost daily with enthusiasm and vigor – the runs, the strength training, the yoga, or the play with my family. You do a lot. I like to think I regularly thank you, though. In case I don’t say it enough, thanks. From my head to my toes.

Still, neither of those quite express what I desire in this letter to you. Perhaps because all I wish to say is simply this. I love you.

As the Bible describes love, so you have loved me. You have shown me patience despite the ways I tried to push you past your limits. You have showered me with kindness through the greatest gifts imaginable – life…both my own and the lives of my children. Even when *I* have envied or gotten prideful, you have been true to yourself – knowing where you feel best and bringing me back there always. You have been selfless in supporting me in good times and bad. You have kept no record of the past wrongs as I have done to you as I can live healthfully now. And even when I feel as though you have failed me, you always come back stronger and teach me something along the way. You have told me “I love you” in your own way for almost 30 years. So here in this letter it’s my turn to put it into words – not with solely apologies and gratitude but with the three little words.

Dear Body,

I love you.

Til Death Do Us Part,

Tina

What would you say in a letter to your body?

{ 25 comments }

1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 12, 2013 at 7:49 am

Simply “thank you” for getting me through the day and the activities that I like to do! And that I’m sorry for being so sedentary during work hours!

2 Linz @ Itz Linz March 12, 2013 at 8:10 am

definitely thank you for allowing me to do all the things i do.. us girls def need to be kinder to our bodies!

3 Jess @ Blonde Ponytail March 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Totally agree with you Linz!!!

4 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile March 12, 2013 at 8:23 am

LOVE this idea!!! Such a great letter :)

5 Heather (Where's the Beach) March 12, 2013 at 9:03 am

Tina, such a beautiful letter. I hope your daughter can read that one day.

6 tinareale March 13, 2013 at 6:52 am

I need to print it and save it! Great idea.

7 Jess March 12, 2013 at 9:12 am

Simple and truthful, my friend. And that reminder that we ALL need to just love our body for all that it is and all that it promises to be and to STOP beating it up so badly. Awesome post my friend.

8 Heather March 12, 2013 at 9:22 am

Love it! what a great idea! I think we all take our bodies for granted sometimes and the amazing things they can do for us!

9 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots March 12, 2013 at 9:32 am

thank you for never giving up on me even when I treated you horribly!! Our bodies are good to us despite what we have put them through!

10 Alex @ therunwithin March 12, 2013 at 9:59 am

this is beautiful Tina. I have done this exercise many times throughout the past few years, each one more eye opening than the next

11 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 12, 2013 at 10:14 am

Loved this Tina! Our bodies are amazing and do so much for us. Thanks for sharing!

12 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama March 12, 2013 at 10:30 am

Now that I wrote an “I’m Sorry” letter to my body, I think a love letter is next. Great post Tina! Thanks for sharing and spreading the word!

13 Sky March 12, 2013 at 10:40 am

Definitely tell my body thank you for all it allows me to do! I would also have to apologize for my negative thoughts and abusive actions towards my body. We are fearfully and wonderfully made!

14 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions March 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

This is such a great post, Tina. I especially appreciate the way you compare the way your body loves you to the Biblical definition of love. I’ve never considered how the way my body treats me totally fits that, but I think it’s completely true, so thank you for brining that my to attention!

15 tinareale March 13, 2013 at 6:54 am

I had never thought about it that way either. Then when I just started typing that came out. I teared up thinking of yet another way God shows His love in something that I have not appreciated nearly enough over my years. I hope in my years to come I have the chance to do so more fully. :)

16 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf March 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

I absolutely love this post Tina and I love the direction you took it. It’s a beautiful letter Tina. You right – it’s not just about apologizing but also about expressing love for our bodies. Thank you for sharing this.

17 jobo March 12, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I love your approach to this letter, Tina. I have been wanting to do this very exercise too, and keep pondering what I’d like to write. Yours hit the nail on the head. We need to embrace and love our bodies for what they are, not for what they aren’t, not for the past, etc. Great letter my friend!

18 tinareale March 13, 2013 at 6:55 am

You should still do yours. I know I would love to read it. :)

19 Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's March 12, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Unfortunately, I don’t think I am quite capable of a thank you letter to my body. I wish I could hold the right people responsible for leading me on to such an unhealthy track, but I am still angry at my body for things that I should have put an end to a few years ago.

20 Sharla March 12, 2013 at 5:03 pm

That is beautiful, Tina! This made me stop and really think about not just how I treat my body, but how graciously it has treated me back! Thank you for sharing.

21 Jess @ Blonde Ponytail March 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Oh this is wonderfully written and really has my wheels spinning. Thank you for sharing Tina.

22 Katie March 12, 2013 at 7:25 pm

As someone who works with patients who have spinal cord injuries I think that this post is pretty amazing. Seeing so many who have lost use of their body I am constantly reminded to be grateful for my own.

23 Sarah March 12, 2013 at 8:46 pm

So beautiful. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately…and since having my son, I have a whole new respect for the belly button.

24 Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! March 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Beautiful words, Tina! I think I owe by body a love letter :-)

25 Bek @ Crave March 13, 2013 at 7:46 am

I love this! Hmm, Might have to put this on my to do list ;)

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