This week I had a life changing moment. I looked in the mirror in just my pajamas (a tank and underwear) and told myself "I love my body."
And I meant it. Probably for the first time in my entire life.
I know I talked briefly about My Big Fat Fabulous Life in another post, but after watching the final episodes and the "Skinny" after season interview I felt really changed. I can't really voice what it is exactly, but I feel inspired. Inspired to love myself and my body.
Whitney brought me to that.
I know it seems ridiculous to say a show changed your life, and maybe it didn't. But it sure as hell changed my perspective. Whitney loves her body. LOVES IT. All 380 lbs of it. Her whole mantra of "take it, leave it, love it, whatever," just makes sense. There's no reason not to love your body just the way it is. It has never been, and should never be, about what other people think of you. If you love yourself, others will too.
I've never been secure in my body. Even as an athlete, in the peak of my high school career, I struggled with body image and even skimmed the border of an eating disorder. I could never look at myself and think "I love my body."
To be able to do it today, much heavier and lumpier, makes a statement. Am I saying I'm perfect the way I am? Absolutely not. There are a lot of improvements to make and goals that I would still like to achieve physically.
But how much easier is it to work towards something you already love? Fighting something you hate is not going to make a change. But working on a body I already love and making it better actually makes sense. It's an epiphany I've needed for a long time.
I think most women out there would admit that they dislike their body in someway. That they feel uncomfortable in their own skin due to some of the stereotypical "beauty standards" that our society places on women that they may or may not fall into.
I challenge every one of them to look in the mirror and change that. Love your body for all that it is, in whatever condition it is, for what it is. It is the vehicle that carries your soul. So you better love it.
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