Today there is so much pressure to be thin. And I feel I am getting the full weight of that pressure sometimes, pun fully intended.
I have never been fully confident with my body, ever. Constantly obsessing over diets and workout plans that rarely work and leave me feeling discouraged and feeling worse than when I started.
I’ve discovered a few things the past few days that have really changed my mind set towards myself.
First and foremost, I need to love myself as I am. If I keep digging at my physical flaws, even when they are gone I will find something about myself I hate and want to change. But, if I accept myself at my worst, as you can guess the cliche saying goes, when I’m at my best I’ll be just as happy, if not happier.
Secondly, I need to find the right reasons. For a while, my motivation was to become more appealing to the opposite sex. To become more desirable. Now, I’m not saying setting a goal to look good next to Joe Jonas or Evan Fournier is a bad thing, just not the most important thing. It needs to be for me. I need to be my motivation. My health, my longevity, and my confidence should be my drive.
Third, I don’t need to starve myself and live in the gym. I need to change my lifestyle, yes. But it doesn’t need to be drastic. I need to be conscious of the decisions I make towards my health, and probably more dedicated. I need to realize that everyone makes mistakes. Mine don’t make me any less of a strong person, but I cannot let them stop me either. Keep going, let the past be the past, and drive towards the future.
Love. Priorities. Forgiveness. Strength. I can be happy, beautiful, and strong. Anyone can. It starts inside. Not on a magazine cover.