Real Bodies: Captivating Corli!
Corli is one of those girls who is totally up for a challenge! I don't think there are many things she wouldn't try in her life time. I had her doing one of my fitness classes recently and she totally kicked ass. Corli has shared some of her journey with me over the past few months as part of my Body Image Programme and even though the work of loving yourself is never-ending, she has grown in leaps and bound on the road to self-love and being comfortable in her own skin.
Please tell us a little about yourself?
I'm 28, avid reader, marathon series watcher, wine drinker and a medical Orthotist/Prosthetist. Making artificial limbs and braces. Currently working for KZN Department of Health and studying part time to complete my honours degree. My fitness interests include running, yoga and zumba/dance fit.
What does body positivity mean to you?
Feeling comfortable in my skin no matter what the situation. Not avoiding any life experiences because of my size or weight. Accepting other people in all aspects. Working with disabled people you so often see discrimination against them and society teaches us they deserve less because they are "broken". Body positivity means standing up for disabled, persons of colour, women, overweight persons and other people that society deems not beautiful.
If you could tell your younger self (or your daughter) one thing in terms of self love and acceptance, what would it be?
Never apologize for who you are!! There is only one of you and you are amazing! Don't let the opinions of others structure your life. No one knows you better than yourself and you are beautiful.
What was the best body positive message ever given to you?
If you can't love yourself at your lowest/"fattest"/"ugliest" how will you ever love yourself at the top/thinnest/prettiest.
You are worthy of self love!
Do you ever try to speak positively about the way you look?
Yes, when I catch myself thinking negatively about myself or saying something negative to someone I try to think where that negativity comes from and change it to a positive message. For example when I dislike my thights I change that thought to these legs can run 30kms or stretch in yoga or dance my ass off in zumba. 💜
Do you have any words of encouragement for women or young girls who may deal with shaming of their body type? Or even something you, yourself may still need to be told?
You are worthy.
You are enough.
You don't need to change for anyone else.
You deserve self love and happiness.
To conclude, complete the following: I will love my body more positively by
practicing self care and moving/nourishing my awesome body