Saturday, August 13, 2011

Real Women...

  • Are not perfect
  • Eat when they are hungry
  • Love, laugh, sing and dance
  • Thank their body for what it can do, not attack it for what it may lack
  • Are not defined by the scale
  • Embrace their bodies - flaws and all
  • Take risks
  • Try, fail and try again 
  • Do not compare themselves to celebrities and skewed media images  
  • Stand up to their fears
  • Get messy 
  • Honor their bodies
  • Are willing to say yes but are also willing to say no 
  • Eat dessert (hello full fat Blue Bell)
  • Strive for balance
  • Tell ED (or any unhealthy voice) to shove it 
  • Go to therapy
  • Ask for help
  • Serve others
  • Show kindness to others but realize they cannot please everyone, all the time 
  • Embrace life
  • Reflect on past mistakes 
  • Realize they are worth more than a jean size
  • Eat carbs..yummy delicious carbs (Carrabba's anyone?)
  • Pray for healing
  • Put the measuring cups away 
  • Find joy in their imperfections
  • Share their struggles
  • Give up control (or as many say "Let Go and Let God")
  • Experiment with their food
  • Pray, watch, listen and pray some more  
  • Enjoy eating out
  • Exercise for health, not just calorie burn
  • Have curves (bye bye middle school bod)
  • Call their family
  • Are not threatened by constructive criticism 
  • Call their friends
  • Give themselves permission to relax  
  • Realize that life would be pretty darn boring if we all were exact replicas of each other
  • Are a work in progress
  • Encourage others 
  • Laugh at themselves
  • Take time to slow down and enjoy little moments 
  • Love Jesus 

The list above was originally developed during my initial ED recovery although over time I have added "real women" thoughts that I find encouraging. 
Based on your life experiences, what would you add to this list? 
Please do share in the comments. 
Enjoy your weekend! 


  1. just found your blog today from Hungry RUnner girl it :) I love this list you made...I really need to hear this and be challenged/encouraged...I desire a FULL LIFE in Christ! BLessings girl!

  2. Hey Charissa, thanks for saying hi and reading! So glad you found the Real Women post encouraging! Have a great day! :)

  3. How about - Real women try, fail, and try again. It seems that I need to learn the same lessons over and over again. I can get frustrated that I make the same mistakes, but I know the right thing to do is just start anew and try again.


  4. Thanks for posting this, Brittnie! It was exactly what I needed to hear tonight. :)


  5. What a wonderful list. I love them all--and agree with them all! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hey Casey - thanks for stopping by and saying hello :)

  7. What a FANTASTIC list, and things I think every woman needs to be reminded of from time to time. Thanks for posting! Love ya!

  8. What a great list! Thank you for sharing! I'm here from Tina @ Carrots n Cake's blog! And i live in Austin! Glad to have found your blog.

  9. Hey Brittany thanks for saying hello :) Excited to check our your blog.


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