It's a confusing time to be a person.
We're taught that we need to love ourselves and our bodies, regardless of what they look like, or how we feel.
At the same time we're being bombarded from all sides with images of the "perfect" woman or man - who almost never looks like us - even on our most gorgeous days.
Understandably, it can still be a challenge to love ourselves through thick and thin. The good, the bad, and the ice-cream binge.
Even for me.
I've struggled with body image for years, and am FINALLY at a place in my life where I am beginning to accept and love myself no matter what my body looks like on that particular day.
It's been a long, hard journey.
I'm finally starting to internalize the knowledge that that it doesn't matter if my belly is feeling or looking puffy. Or if I don't have the muscle definition that I crave.
I am worth JUST as much. I am still strong, beautiful, and worthy.
I have less and less room in my life for comparison these days.
I still want to BE my best, but some days look a little better than others - and that's perfectly perfect! And normal. Even supermodels and athletes are airbrushed for magazines.
When I was at my heaviest ever, I:
--Decided that I wanted to THRIVE instead of just survive
--Got a job that turned my life around
--Got together with my partner, who loved me exactly the way I was (and still does!)
--Was consistently practicing acroyoga with my partner, learning new poses, and building strength
--Created a debt repayment plan and got my finances in order
--Started learning to love myself for who I was, regardless of what I looked like
And I'm not going to lie. It was a struggle, and sometimes still is.
But all of the choices that I make now stem from self-love. I refuse to make any more choices out of self-hatred, because I know it will never get me where I want to go.
So here's to loving yourself, no matter what shape your physical form takes today.
Here's to making choices that help you THRIVE!
And if you still want to change your body, and become more healthy and fit, that's great. But please make those changes out of self-love!
Because unless you learn to love yourself even when you're not perfect, nothing will ever be enough.