Here are four reasons to be more thankful for your Bikini Body today:

1. Your legs are powerful enough to walk, cycle or run wherever you wish to go

While you may be judging the size of your thighs in the mirror, there’s someone else out there who is struggling just to walk around the block. Don’t forget to keep a little cellulite in perspective—it’s not such a terrible thing (almost everyone has it), and it certainly shouldn’t ever stop you from enjoying life to the fullest.

2. Your arms are strong enough to carry the things you love most

Whether it’s your daughter, grandson or your pup, your arms have the strength needed to scoop up and hug the things you hold most dear.

3. Your core muscles are capable enough to allow you to sit, twist and reach anytime you want

As anyone who has had a C-section or major abdominal surgery can attest, our abs assist us more than we realize on a daily basis. While striving for a six-pack might be your ultimate goal, don’t forget to appreciate all that your abs do for you all day long, too.

4. Your heart is beating, and your lungs keep you breathing

Did you know that you take an average of 23,000 breaths per day? Or that your heart will beat over 3 billion times in your lifetime? When you take a moment to think about all the constant processes that are occurring in your body at any given moment to keep you alive and well, it’s really quite astounding. Your body is an incredible machine that needs your compassion, love and care.

No matter where you are in your weight-loss and wellness journey, remember that we don’t truly know what we have until it’s gone. Let’s be grateful for our bodies just as they are today, not just as we wish they would be tomorrow. Now how do you feel about your body when you stand in that mirror looking at the bikini? You deserve respect and you should give it to yourself. Every girl can wear that beautiful bikini, just smile and feel alive and proud of yourself when you do.