Sometimes, when everything is overwhelming and I start to feel myself lose confidence in my body (hello mainstream media featuring only one body type!) I look at some of my favorite body image quotes. Bless up Pinterest and Instagram for making it easy to jump on and reading floods of positive quotes about loving your body and your mind.
It’s so important to flood your screens with positivity & love, especially these days when it’s so easy to get into a negative downward spiral on feeds that can have a serious negative impact on your mental health.
In honor of my swim week series over on Instagram, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite love your body quotes of the moment. I like a mixture of funny and inspirational body quotes and sayings, I have almost all of these on my phone and sometimes I even change the background of my phone screen to one of these body love quotes!
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Don’t let anyone treat you like free salsa. You are guacamole, baby. You. Are. Guacamole.
I love this quote because it’s so goofy, it instantly puts a smile on my face. It’s not about eating, it’s about self-respect. I love how it’s all about yourself – how YOU are strong, YOU are kind, YOU deserve to be. And YOU deserve the best in life. It’s about finding people who think you are guacamole (worth the extra.) One of the best I love you not your body quotes of the year.
You are not fat. You have fat. You also have fingernails but you are not fingernails.
Holy moly, this is my favorite quote about the human body I’ve read in a long time. It lays out how ridiculous it is that culture has made “fat” a negative word to describe someone. Fat is normal, all bodies have fat. Mainstream media likes to tell women that we should fear fat, but we all have fat and we all need fat.
What if you started seeing ads for skinnier fingernails? And started seeing movies where a woman with like, extra-long fingernails who “couldn’t find love so she’s funny instead” (side rant about how I’m so over the way movies write women characters.) Anyways, I think this is one of the best positive quotes about your body because it startles. I’ll be saying it for years.
I wish I had a better metabolism. But someone else probably wishes they could walk into a room and make friends with everyone like I can. You always want what someone else has.
– Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson is preaching over here! Beauty is not just a physical thing. Beauty is confidence, beauty is a special skill, beauty is kindness, beauty is strength. Beauty is being able to walk into a room and talk to anyone! I think beauty in a person is what sets them apart. Sadly, we have all been trained for years that beauty is JUST what’s on the outside so we just find ourselves comparing our bodies to each other, but forget that there are other aspects that make a human beautiful.
Your worth is not defined by the size of your waist.
A classic but a good one to maybe stick on your mirror to look at each day. When you stop and really think about how much our media and society values how much space a woman takes up (or, specifically, how little she takes up) it’s really sickening. But they are WRONG. Do NOT let all those life “lessons” from pop culture let you believe that your worth is directly tied to the size of your waist. It’s all bullshit.
I’m about 20 pounds heavier than I was 2 years ago. Did my husband leave me because I moved a size up? No. Did friends stop talking to me? No. Am I suddenly not a good businesswoman because I weigh more? Heck no. The size of the person does not equal the size of their character. Your worth is not defined by the size of your waist.
Being different is your superpower.
For International Women’s day this year, I gathered up some dear friends for a photo shoot. We’re all so different. In this group, we had a mother, some of us were married, some single. A few of us spoke different languages, one is first generation. Some of us own our own business. Other studied for years to shine in her profession. Some are close to their family, some are not.
We’re all so different and that’s what makes us each so special. Stop trying to be like everyone else. Be in love with your body, be in love with your mind, be in love with what makes you different. That’s your superpower.
There is no weight limit on beauty.
This one is similar to “Your worth is not defined by the size of your waist.” but also different. I’m not sure what that “number” is according to Hollywood, but they sure think that after a certain weight limit a woman is no longer beautiful. She can be funny, sure. She can *maybe* be a mother who doesn’t have anything together but she can’t be the main attraction, she can’t be the beautiful one the guy falls in love with.
Again, Hollywood is full of bullshit. It’s so toxic. We all grew up thinking there’s this weight limit that defined beauty, all trained to be fearful of getting fat because then we won’t be beautiful, we won’t be loved. Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit. There is NO weight limit on beauty! All bodies are beautiful bodies! Look at this quote every day if you need to until you start erasing that toxic “lesson” and start embracing yourself just the way you are.
You were not born to just pay bills & lose weight.
There’s a lot of variations on this quote (like, you were not born to work, pay bills and die) and I love them all. I’ve actually been very personally motivated by this quote. It’s helped me realize that life is short ya’ll and it’s so easy to get sucked into this cycle of studying for 16 years to get a job to work 40+ hours a week to pay bills, and work out at smelly gyms at 6am and collapse on the couch each evening and wish for weekends for a small sliver of joy and do this for years and years until you are die.
That’s not life. That’s not happiness. It’s what we were trained to think happiness is, but there are so many ways to live a life and I promise you, if your life is built around working, paying bills and trying to take up less space, you are doing it wrong.
Losing weight is not your life mission. Counting calories is not your one true calling. You are meant for something greater.
Here’s the thing: I stopped weighing myself a couple of years ago. I’ve also stopped nitpicking what I eat. I instead listen to my body and work my day around what I feel like I need. Do I feel like I need to take a walk today? I go do that. If I’m craving veggies, ‘ll make myself a salad for lunch. But I don’t obsess over what I’m doing with y body or what I’m putting into it.
As a teen, I spent like, all my extra thinking power focused on what I looked like. I did a diet for about a year where I didn’t eat any carbs and that was really hard to pull off as a teenager! My head was always full of negative voices telling me that m body wasn’t enough. But over the years I shifted that voice and got to a point where I’m not obsessing. I’ll weigh myself at the doctor’s office once a year but for the most part, I can feel when I’m not taking care of my body. When that happens, I take extra steps to make it feel good again. But my days are instead focused on my personal passion projects, on enjoying craft beers with friends with zero guilt, with taking hikes for fun not because I feel like I have to.
You are meant for something so much greater than spending all your days consumed by what you consume.
So, those are my current favorite love your body quotes. Feel free to make these your screensaver or share on social (make sure to tag me @thewhimsysoul so I can go give you some social love!!) You can also join my Instagram Swimsuit Challenge and share a photo of yourself on Instagram in a swimsuit (use #whimsysoul so I can find it!) I love resharing my faves to help make that platform more inclusive.
What’s your favorite be kind to your body quotes? Maybe it’s something from Naomi Wolf, or perhaps a line from a song or a movie. Leave a comment below with what words light you on dark days! I’m always on the hunt for more be good to your body quotes to share on Whimsy Soul!
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