The 5 Things Body Confidence Challenge

Earlier this week I was set the challenge to focus on five things that I like about my body by Eilidh over at Mummy and Monkeys. Eilidh quite rightly pointed out that, like most women, she rarely considers the positive aspects of her own body, and recognises that this needs to change!

Like Eilidh (and probably the majority of women out there) I have been guilty of focusing on the negative aspects of my body and spend a good deal of time trying to avoid mirrors or having my photo taken. I had a ‘nose job’ nearly nine years ago and, while I wouldn’t advocate extensive plastic surgery, I must admit that having the large bump on the bridge of my nose removed has made a massive difference to my self-confidence (although I still think I have a big nose and don’t like having my photo taken from certain angles!).

Anyway, as instructed, I have taken a good look in the mirror and challenged myself to find five things that I like about my face and body. I will try to focus on these positive things more in future and try to worry less about the things that are less than perfect! Because really, let’s face it, nobody is perfect!

Here are my five things:

  1. My mouth – I like the shape of my lips and my teeth (the braces in adolescence were worth it!)
  2. My ears – This might sound strange but I think I have good ears! I like the proportions of them and think I have nice earlobes!
  3. My legs – While they are a bit chunky at the thigh at the moment I’m embracing this as at 32 weeks pregnant it’s all for the baby! I’ve been blessed with skinny ankles which have filled out nicely as I’ve got older.
  4. My bump – I’m loving having a baby bump, especially as everyone comments on what a nice shape it is and how I don’t look pregnant from behind (apparently this is something unusual and I should be very pleased about it!)
  5. My fingernails – They seem to be very strong and grow lovely and long, even before pregnancy. When I paint them people often assume they are false (I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing but I take it as a compliment!).

So there are my five things. Obviously I know there is far more to life than the way we look, but I think it’s important to love our bodies as much as our inner selves!

Passing the baton on, I tag to have a go:

Lucy at Mrs H’s Favourite Things

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

10 Comments

  1. April 15, 2016 / 5:22 pm

    This is such an important post. I am always concentrating on my negatives and forget to look for the things I like about myself. I am so thrilled that you love your bump. And I used to get told that I didn’t look pregnant from the back. It always made me smile. Thanks for tagging me lovely. Hugs Lucy xxxx

    • Jules
      Author
      April 15, 2016 / 5:26 pm

      You’re welcome! Can’t wait to read your post! xx

  2. April 17, 2016 / 11:01 am

    This is a really good and important thing to do! I think we all need to take a moment and focus on the positives and what we like about ourselves 🙂 #KCACOLS

  3. April 18, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    What a lovely post. It’s great to embrace your body – especially when you are pregnant! It’s certainly not always easy to focus on the positive aspects but I saw an interesting thing on This Morning – apparently when we look at ourselves we compartmentalise so we focus on the bits we don’t like but when others look at us they see the whole of us! So if we don’t like our tummies but the rest of us is ok, chances are most people hardly notice our tummy. I liked that!! #KCACOLS

    • Jules
      Author
      April 18, 2016 / 4:30 pm

      I like that idea too! I told our wedding photographer about a photo I didn’t like because I have keratosis pilaris on the tops of my arms and thought it was particularly noticeable in that shot. She had spent time editing the photo and selecting it for us and said she hadn’t even noticed! So I keep trying to tell myself that when I’m looking at other photos of myself and can see it. A good thing to remember! x

  4. April 18, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    Definitely a great idea for everyone. I had an excellent podge lol #KCACOLS

  5. April 23, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    Ah this is so nice!! We should all try to look for the positive parts of our body although I must admit is very hard to do. I love this idea. I will try to think about my 5!! So far I can only say my eyes!! I will need to think harder!! LOL 32 weeks pregnant!! You are really near to meet your baby how exciting is that!! I loved when I was pregnant, loved my belly and it was beautiful because I was carrying my girls and that was the only thing that mattered to me!! 🙂 Lovely post!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again tomorrow, xx

    • Jules
      Author
      April 23, 2016 / 7:35 pm

      Thanks! I’m now 34 weeks tomorrow so time is flying! x

  6. April 25, 2016 / 10:31 am

    Thanks for joining in. I really liked my pregnant body once I got used to the bump. Braces are definitely worth it aren’t they I hated mine at the time but glad I had them now. Xx

    • Jules
      Author
      April 25, 2016 / 10:38 am

      I am lucky as my bump frequently gets complimented for being a nice shape, which helps my self esteem. It’s just FiL who tells me I’m huge! Ever the charmer! x

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