Time to celebrate our beautiful bodies.
Five years ago I weighed 200 pounds. Three years ago I began to shed some of the excess. Today, I’m working on balance.
Look in the mirror. What do you see? What do you feel? Are you happy? Are you anxious? Keep looking, and I want you to say to yourself, out loud, “you are beautiful just the way you are.” It feels good, right? Now you need to believe it.
When I was at my heaviest, I was disappointed. I ate when I was stressed, wasn’t active and, honestly, didn’t really take care of myself overall. At the time, I was numb to it. My clothes never fit, I always felt trapped, and never celebrated myself. I had a poor attitude, and didn’t want to make any changes for the right reasons. When I was at my smallest, I was nervous. I lived in constant fear of gaining weight, was worried about my stretchy skin, and again found my self never celebrating myself.
Unfortunately, it took shifting weight for me to realize that my disappointment and nervousness wasn’t ever going to be fixed by a scale or dress size. It starts with loving myself. I need to love my body, every day, big or small. I need to be thankful for the skin I am in, and proud of what I have. If I want to make changes, I will make them. I need to find balance.
I’m learning to take one day at a time. Some are better than others, but each day I am focusing on being thankful. I look at my legs, and though I may think they jiggle too much when I walk, I’m lucky that I have them. I can take a stroll every morning with my dog to the coffee shop because of these legs. If I want to work on getting them stronger, then I will eat healthier and be more active. Either way, they are my legs, and they are beautiful any way they are.
For every negative thing I say about my body, I’m learning to say a positive. I’m growing to love myself not only on the inside, but the outside. I hope you wake up each and every day feeling beautiful, because you really are.
+What do you LOVE about yourself? Tell us in the comments below!