20 Ways to Love Your Body

Courtesy of NEDA and Margo Maine, Ph.D. 

  1. Think of your body as the vehicle to your dreams.  Honor it.  Respect it.  Fuel it.
  2. Create a list of all the things your body lets you do.  Read it and add to it often.
  3. Become aware of what your body can do each day.  Remember it is the instrument of your life, not just an ornament.
  4. Create a list of people you admire:  people who have contributed to your life, your community, or the world.  Consider whether their appearance was important to their success and accomplishments.
  5. Walk with your head held high, supported by pride and confidence in yourself as a person.
  6. Don’t let your weight or shape keep you from activities that you enjoy.
  7. Wear comfortable clothes that you like, that express your personal style, and that feel good to your body.
  8. Count your blessings, not your blemishes.
  9. Think about all the things you could accomplish with the time and energy you currently spend worrying about your body and appearance.  Try one!
  10. Be your body’s friend and supporter, not its enemy.
  11. Consider this:  your skin replaces itself once a month, your stomach lining every five days, your liver every six weeks, and your skeleton every three months.  Your body is extraordinary–begin to respect and appreciate it.
  12. Every morning when you wake up, thank your body for resting and rejuvenating itself so you can enjoy the day.
  13. Every evening when you go to bed, tell your body how much you appreciate what it has allowed you to do throughout the day.
  14. Find a method of exercise that you enjoy and do it regularly.  Don’t exercise to lose weight or to fight your body.  Do it to make your body healthy and strong and because it makes you feel good.  Exercise for the Three F’s: Fun, Fitness, and Friendship.
  15. Think back to a time in your life when you felt good about your body.  Tell yourself you can feel like that again, even in this body at this age.
  16. Keep a list of 10 positive things about yourself–without mentioning your appearance.  Add to it!
  17. Put a sign on each of your mirrors saying, “I’m beautiful inside and out.”
  18. Choose to find the beauty in the world and in yourself.
  19. Start saying to yourself, “Life is too short to waste my time hating my body this way.”
  20. Eat when you are hungry.  Rest when you are tired.  Surround yourself with people that remind you of your inner strength and beauty.

-from happythings

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OK, so yesterday I promised a special treat for those of you who love the now-famous Inner Life of the Cell video.  Here it is!  The Harvard University team behind that video has created a new animation highlighting the powerhouse of the cell, the mitochondria.  If you thought the last one was complicated, it’s got nothing on this one.

The little prokaryotic endosymbionts that we call the mitochondria are a biological world unto themselves, participating in unique biochemistry that takes place nowhere else in the cell.  You’ll see redox, ATP synthesis, ion gradients … enjoy.

Inner Life of the Cell: Mitochondria



You bitches wanna know why I’m in biology? Just watch this video and tell me that it isn’t fucking amazing. I dare you. Cells and biomolecules are the shit.

This is an old favorite of mine.  I probably watched it 20 times in a row when it came out.  I have always wanted to sit down and describe exactly what was happening at every step along the way of this stunning animation.  What do you think?  Should I? 

I have the science, I can totally do it.