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Imperfection is Beautiful

imperfection is beautiful

I have been blessed with an opportunity to be interviewed by a national magazine. Me? WOW! I have a photo shoot this week. The “old” me would be frantically trying to lose five pounds. The new me is content with where I am right now. Sure, I still want to lose a few pounds, but the process will not be a race like it used to be.  The new me is embracing my imperfections.

The perfectionist “monster” in me has taken over in my past. I’m working on keeping him caged up for good. Creating balance in my life is my top priority. Even with a few extra pounds on my hips, I actually feel more content in many ways than I did when I was at the top of my fitness.

I hit 40, lost about 15 pounds, and got in the best shape of my life. I was celebrated for these accomplishments and even included in a commercial for my success story. I felt amazing at the time, but that lifestyle ultimately made me a little too fitness crazy. I made my workouts more important than anything else in my life.

At the time, I thought this was the right thing for me.  In certain respects it was. I had just moved across the country and my mother had recently passed away. I “fixed” my heartache and loneliness by fixing my body. It felt wonderful for a while, but after an injury, when I could no longer workout, I felt like I had lost part of myself.

I’ve realized that I should not identify myself by my workouts or feel like a failure when I don’t fit formal exercise into my day. I’ve given out advice in the past to make your fitness a non-negotiable part of your day. This is something I still strive for, but it’s not going to crush me if I don’t get there every day. I have a daughter who is only 8. I want nothing more than for her to believe she is beautiful inside and out regardless of how many sit-ups or pushups she can do. She was starting to measure her worth by her own fitness. I want her health and fitness to be important, but not obsessive like I once was.

I hope I am showing her that imperfection is beautiful. That focusing my time on my friends and family is what is most important. These imperfect legs take family hikes, play kickball and tag. These imperfect arms carry piggy back rides and hug tightly each day. Imperfection is Beautiful!

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  10. Kristyn says:

    i need to remind myself of this all the time :/ i am way to hard on myself sometimes

  11. Jen says:

    You are so gorgeous that it is hard for me to see any imperfection. But I know that everyone feels flawed even if others don’t see them that way.

  12. Great post- as time goes on it’s harder and harder to cling to any notion that I will be perfect. I believe it’s harder for women who have been beautiful all their lives like my sister. She is turning 50 and really is struggling now. Me? not so much, I’m accepting it more and more. Virginia

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  14. Imperfection is better than perfection! Excited for you and this opportunity!

  15. I totally have to agree. Imperfection is beautiful.

  16. Patty says:

    Congratulations! I’m sure the photoshoot will be lots of fun.
    Perfection is totally boring – it’s the differences in all of us that make us interesting.

  17. Jenna Wood says:

    I believe perfection, in people, is in the eye of the beholder and you will never please even a fraction of people in physical appearance or personality. So, so long as you love yourself, you will be the most fulfilled!

  18. Jozelle says:

    Perfection depends on your perspective. I’ve learned real EARLY in life that being perfect has no set standards. You can be perfect according to what you define as. For me, high confidence is perfect!

  19. Pat says:

    Well said,Jenn. Life is all about balance.

  20. Perfection is unattainable for as surely as you get it together in one part of your life, you mess it up in another!

  21. Jennifer says:

    Perfection is relative and overrated! I choose to be me and embrace who I am!

  22. Susan says:

    Yes imperfection is beautiful. I am not perfect, but to me I am. Perfection is boring and not unique.

  23. Krissy says:

    It is very hard to balance out the obsession to getting fit vs the rest of your life. Finding that balance = perfection =)
    Congrats on your interview and photo shoot! Can’t wait to see it!

  24. Shanna says:

    This is a very inspiring post. Yes, beauty is not about being perfect! Congrats on the interview!

  25. Marysa says:

    No one is perfect, even if they give off that impression. I have a lot of insecurities about myself, but I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter, because my true friends and family love me for who I am.

  26. absolutely! imperfection IS beautiful – itz what makes us us and not identical to one another! 🙂

  27. Mitch says:

    Awesome for you! Now I have to follow in your foot steps!
    thanks,
    Mitch

  28. MIZ says:

    YES IT IS.
    perfect is boring.
    and, for me, the whole notion began as FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT and now?
    at 44? I believe it.
    wholly.

    CONGRATS TO YOU.

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