I want to address something that was recently brought to my attention, and can be confusing for many: the idea that you cannot love your body as it is and still want to improve it. This is absolutely ridiculous, and entirely untrue.
I’m all about body positivity; learning to love oneself is a long and arduous journey that doesn’t happen overnight. It doesn’t happen just because you hit your goal weight on the scale, or because someone told you that you should love yourself. It’s a process that comes from learning to see your flaws, and accepting that everyone has them. It doesn’t mean that you can’t also improve yourself.
Recently, I had someone message me to say “How can you claim to promote body confidence and body positivity when you’re telling people to workout and change the way they look? I thought the whole point was to love your body the way it is.”
The answer is simple: I’m not. I’m telling people that yes, it is okay to still love yourself and want to improve. I’ve accepted that my thighs will never have a gap, but that doesn’t mean I can’t go to barre on the weekends to make my legs stronger. Because I love my body, I choose to work hard, to make healthier food choices, and to forgive myself when I make a mistake. Loving your body and the way you are doesn’t mean you need to stay that way forever. It means loving yourself completely in any way, shape, and form that you come in. Loving yourself enough to improve and care for yourself when you need to, or give yourself a break when you need to. THAT is what loving your body is about.
And to thank all of y’all for following along, and to celebrate the relaunch of LRH, I’m sharing a surprise giveaway on my Instagram (@lovereneehannah) tonight at 8:30 PM! Trust me, you don’t want to miss it!!