I’m not sure what the journey looks like from hating your body to loving your body. That’s entirely up to you.
But I do know it has less to do with how you look than with how you feel about how you look. I know overweight student-athletes who feel better about themselves than some of our fittest.
I know it has less to do with what your body can’t do than being grateful for what it can do. Spending a moment each day to thank your body for all it does can be a life-transforming practice.
This sort of language is anathema in the sports performance world, where “Bigger, Faster, Stronger” is the dominant credo. But don’t mistake my words; this isn’t to say that student-athletes don’t need to change.
Some student-athletes need to lose weight: It matters to their performance in the short run, but in the long run it’s the difference between a long life and one debilitated by diabetes. Some student-athletes need to get stronger: It matters to their power production in the short run, but in the long run it’s the difference between walking and a wheelchair.
Yes, change if you must. Change today, in fact.
But don’t do it stricken by fear. You don’t have enough days left for that.