This is again an opportune time for this challenge, since I have had the aforementioned motivation troubles and some body hate since I've gained weight (really only a handful of pounds as I've found out) since I haven't been running lately.
So, with this in mind, I will do some self-gratification and be anti-humility and talk about me for a while.
So what do I love about myself?
1. My strength and resolve. Three years ago, I don't think I ever would have imagined having the strength to lose the weight I did. I didn't have the drive, I didn't have the desire, I was in a deep hole of "well, I can't do anything about this, I guess I'll just always be fat." Losing weight and challenging myself revealed to me a tremendous amount about myself. I am stronger and more determined than I could ever know.
2. I have to say, I love my humor. I can walk into a conversation and get people laughing. I'm funnier on the fly, so writing it might not come across as much since I overthink my writing, but in conversation, I'm a quick wit. I'm grateful for that. I think a sense of humor is so important.
3. My strength in my profession. I am damn good at what I do, and everyone in my organization knows it.
4. My determination. A lot of people would balk at the prospect of working full-time (sometimes over 50 hours a week) and also going to graduate school at an institution like Northwestern University while juggling 20-some miles a week (when I run), but I do it. I don't know how, but I do it. I do it because I know all of it will make me better.
5. My body. Yep, I'll say it. Nope, it's absolutely not perfect. Far from it. Since losing weight, I've got loose skin all over the place, I've got the ghosts of old stretch marks from gaining weight, and I don't think my thighs will ever be smaller than they are (blame the childhood of figure skating) but it is a whole lot better than it was. It's more fun to shop for this body too. And I worked really hard to get it. It feels sort of nice to have worked for this rather than be one of those people who just has those genes where they can eat a whole pizza and not gain a pound. While that would be nice, working for it ensures that you don't take it for granted.
6. This sometimes is also a fault, but my unfailing need to not disappoint people. Disappointing people is one of my very least favorite things in the world. It is a horrible feeling to know you've disappointed someone, particularly if it is someone close to you like a family member, friend, or even a coworker. I try very hard to make sure I don't disappoint people. It is a fault at times like I mentioned beause it means that I can really overextend myself in terms of the lengths to which I go in order to make sure I don't disappoint people. However, it does mean that I'm at least a mildly decent person to not want to disappoint anyone!
And there we have it. You know, going through that self-love list and really thinking about my answers, I got a little ego boost. It felt nice to think about things that I am really good at or that are really good qualities about myself.
What do you love about yourself?