If we let ourselves, its easy to believe that magazine cover girls (whose photos are air-brushed) are the norm and that the rest of us are somehow deeply flawed.
What we end up with is that nagging “I hate myself” or “I hate what I see in the mirror” song playing over and over again in our heads, fueling our painful frustration.
Getting caught up in not liking yourself because of your size, can quickly start whittling away at your motivation. It becomes that inner voice that makes you feel helpless and hopeless.
One of my new goals is to break this cycle. I need to start looking at myself as a whole and realize that I am intelligent, funny, unique, and yes, I am beautiful.
I need to stop being a perfectionist and embrace how far I have come. I need to stop comparing myself to others and realize that everyone is different. I need to learn to listen to others when they tell me how amazing I look and what an awesome person I am (I am truly no good with compliments – those of you who know me personally, know this well).
True beauty shouldn’t be about fitting into a cultural stereotype but a quality that shines from within. That doesn’t mean we should stop trying to improve ourselves, it just means that our time is better spent focusing on building a strong, healthy body and mind rather than trying to fit into a cookie-cutter mold.
– If you struggle with accepting your new body or have over come this feeling, I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below or contact me directly. –