This last weekend, I spent all Saturday with friends and family at a waterpark. It was so much fun!
And it was also a turning point for me. You see, I spent so much of my teenage and early adult years not being happy with how my body looked.
I hesitate a little to even write this because I know that I’ve never been someone with a body considered overweight or outside of our society’s ideal.
But this is my personal struggle, and I’m simply sharing it as mine—not to detract from anyone else’s.
The past month or so, I’ve been dealing with some health stuff. I’m not sure yet what’s going on, and it’s likely not serious, but it’s prevented me from moving and exercising in the way I used to.
And I’ve actually been okay with it.
This is such an amazing change from how my mindset used to be—afraid to go more than a day without a workout. Binging on food when I had to stay home for too long. Overeating just to fill a void.
I’m getting married next year, and it’s lovely being in a place where I don’t feel like I need to change my body for my big day.
Of course, I still have my “down” days where I feel bloated or thicker or just low… but I finally feel like I can be health conscious in a balanced way, still eat a whole range of foods I love, and let my body do its thing.
Life is too short to stress about every detail of how we move and eat. I’ve found that giving myself lenience to enjoy and relax (and never feel guilty about food choices) actually makes me healthier overall because there’s no urge to binge or rebel or shame myself.
And me to, that is truly living life. 🙂