love your body

love your body

My sisters and I share the same parents but we have our own bodies. I may be able to get into the splits and hold a gnarly headstand, but when it comes to endurance activities, all three of my sisters can pass me in a heartbeat. My friend Jessica commented while I was feeling left behind in the dust during a family hike that "the girls are just built differently."

Our bodies shape the type athletes that we become. Athletes come in all shapes and sizes too. Look at gymnast Shawn Johnson and basketball player Yao Ming.

Think of your body as a unique gift that is designed to perform like none other. How would you start loving your body if you stopped comparing it to others? What image you would have of yourself if mirrors did not exist and we based our image off of how we felt inside? After a sweaty hike or a killer dance class my body reaches a potential so high I could flash the sky at the top of a mountain...

Love your body and the possibilities it has for reaching your highest physical potential.

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BEAUTIFUL POST – this is a message that needs to be heard all through the states, not to mention the world!! I love that you guys focus on health and well-being over having the “perfect” body (what’s “perfect” anyways) or focusing on the thinness mantra that has permeated our media.

I felt a lot of warm fuzzies reading this post and looking at these pictures of these beautiful, strong, healthy women. :) LOVE IT!

Comment by jiggaroo — June 12, 2009 @ 11:21 am

Great post about having a healthy body image. It’s a great thing to have at a young age and hold onto through the years!

Comment by Valerie Purdy — June 12, 2009 @ 12:31 pm

I love it. Being a personal trainer, I have many women struggle with their body, I am going to share this blog with them! This message is nothing but truth… Big Smiles!

Comment by Elle — June 12, 2009 @ 12:32 pm

Amazing post Jocelyn! Where is this hike?

Comment by Shirley — June 12, 2009 @ 1:57 pm

This is a great hike, by the Claremont Hotel. My friends and I call it the botty hike, been calling it that for years. The name says it all, works the bottom! Everytime I’m in the bay, its on my list of things to do!

Comment by michelleface — June 12, 2009 @ 3:03 pm

Stellar. What a great reminder.

Comment by Lauren Clapperton — June 12, 2009 @ 5:14 pm

the hike is in the berkeley hills. and yes, it is the booty hike. Short distance but very steep. my sister jacque jogged up it without stopping the day before we hiked it. I was walking backwards at one point..

Comment by Jocelyn Lee — June 13, 2009 @ 9:24 am

Just when I was having a “bad body image” day, I read this. You can’t imagine how much better I felt after looking at the pictures and reading your message. We are our worst critics.vIf we could just learn to not be so critical about our “looks” and focus more on our health and happiness, we would all be better off. Thankyou for your beautiful outlook on your bodies!!

Comment by kristy wright — June 13, 2009 @ 10:48 am

Great message…unfortunately the model chosen for the lulu site could not be skinnier. Little mismatch?

Comment by Hannah — June 14, 2009 @ 8:25 am

Bravo!! That was a beautiful post, and I hope that this finds it’s way to women everywhere!!!

Comment by Jourdan — June 14, 2009 @ 10:33 am

I agree with Hannah, and must also comment on sizing: it seems hard to find many items larger than a 6… should we all be this small? :(

Comment by sillyann — June 14, 2009 @ 5:33 pm

Thank you for this blog. I have my own training business and work for lululemon athletica in La Jolla. This coming week, we are having two events that support this concept — we need to love ourselves from the inside out and stop the comparisons.

Comment by Orit Ostrowiak — June 14, 2009 @ 5:40 pm

This blog is great – but what would be even better is if Lululemon would use real people models on the website and in their marketing materials. I loved this post but then looked at the pants and tops on this site – the model is WAY too tiny in my opinion. Lululemon could also use a range of models in various sizes not just very slim women but a whole range of body types. Then we could all relate!

Comment by Erin Rayner — June 15, 2009 @ 8:35 pm

First of all, thank you all so much for your incredibly positive and heart warming comments! We will definitely aim to share more posts like this in the future.

Also, thank you for the feedback regarding our model. I have taken this feedback and passed it along to our webteam. Suggestions like this are what help us grow and improve our website!

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Comment by lululemon — June 19, 2009 @ 7:56 am

Thanks for your insightful post on body image and motivational comments. Wishing you the best..

Comment by Marlene Affeld — June 19, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

You are an example of a healthy women. This will surely encourage women to maintain and loss weight just as yours. I love watching your pose and your beautiful smile. More power.

Comment by David The Health Guy — September 7, 2010 @ 10:12 pm

“Love your body and the possibilities it has for reaching your highest physical potential.”
This should be the ideals for everyone reach not for what you do not and can’t have, work only with what you have and work it to the hilt.

Comment by Trekking — November 14, 2010 @ 2:25 am

“Love your body and the possibilities it has for reaching your highest physical potential.”

This sentence is spot on. It’s so motivational as well!

Comment by LoveYourBody — March 25, 2011 @ 3:55 am

great post. I agree.everybody should love their own bodies.

Comment by aiza@ivrinedentalservices — March 25, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

While I LOVE this blogpost, and agree wholeheartedly with it- doesn’t Lululemon kind of give in to the ‘skinny’ marketing campaigns? Why aren’t there any plus sized models in Lululemon’s clothes? It’s something like 1/3 women have a bad body image! And only showing thin keeps women believing that’s the norm and they aren’t a part of it. Ralph Lauren recently had their first plus size model, I want to see Lululemon (and especially Ivivva- anybody else remember growing up as a teenager hating her body, too?) be a leader in affecting positive body image, too. Not to mention if you google “lululemon plus size” you get a whole load of unhappy bloggers- there’s a huge population not being heard.

Comment by Cordelia — October 3, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

I imagine part of “loving your body” involves loving it despite not seeing it reflected elsewhere. I recognize that it is tough for anyone who feels disrespected, dismissed, because it seems that the media doesn’t think they exist (should those of us who aren’t white freak out much of the time?)…but to say “how about some REAL bodies” would strike a size 2 or 4 as dismissive as well, no? Besides – it always looks to me that Lulu’s web models are “real” people – they def. have faces not unlike the general population, ya know, imperfect teeth, close-set eyes, a couple of them w/ straight-ish figures rather than chesty-and-tiny-waist, not magazine-stunning etc. The fact that they’re skinny I think is, true, not bucking the norm, but frankly I feel the less a model’s figure “interferes” with the clothes (i.e. the model as a clothes hanger), the better I can see the garment itself. Yes, it could help if every figure type were represented, but unless Lulu could provide pictures of the same style modeled by every single size, and then variations on each size (apple, pear, hourglass, barrel…) we’d never be satisfied by just the picture. People’s flesh just doesn’t all fall the same way, even if you may have identical measurements as the model. Let’s not even get into how an orange color may look against alabaster skin vs. quite tanned (as one Lulu model is) vs. the (unrepresented) dark-skinned. At the end of the day, trying on is still needed. The best way to love oneself is to not seek to be validated externally.

Comment by Chris — October 16, 2012 @ 7:00 am

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