Looking through the current magazines can be downright depressing. Everyone seems to be a size two. What they don’t want you to know is that what you see is not always reality. So how do you deal with being content at any size when society puts extreme amounts of pressure on women to be paper thin? Numerous women can lose a tremendous amount of weight and still feel uncomfortable with their body. So how do we pull up our granny panties and learn to love every inch of our body, cellulite and all?
Speak positive things about your body. If you have a hard time doing this at first, start saying a daily affirmation such as “I am beautiful” or “I am happy regardless of my weight.” It will get easier and will help you activate your inner beauty. The more you declare optimistic statements over your life, the more you will start to believe them and have an improved self-image.
Reevaluate your outfits. We all have the pair of skinny jeans where our muffin top is hanging over and a possible side of camel toe. They are hanging onto the last thread of the button, but we cling to them for dear life. The skinny jeans represent the pearly white gate which leads into our old skinny life. Girl, it is time to get real and get rid of them. Donate clothes that no longer fit. When you wear comfy well-fitting clothing, watch your confidence sky rocket because you are no longer in a state of worry. Yes, worrying about the button popping or the jeans ripping if you make that one wrong move. And just think, this will give you a reason to restock your closet.
Ditch the scale. If you are the person who needs to constantly weight yourself on a daily basis and allow a number to dictate your happiness, throw the scale away! Do not allow materials things to control you and your joy. If you are adamant on keeping the scale, make a pledge to only weigh yourself once a week.
Start a women’s empowerment group. Sometimes the best thing to do when you are having issues with something is to tackle it head on. Face your fear! You will not only be a leader in this group, but also a participant, which will open up to an array of stories that you may connect with. One woman might add “I have such a difficult time looking at myself in the mirror since I had a baby.” This story may resonate with you. Groups are powerful because we can start to see ourselves in others as if they are reflections. You are not meant to deal with this issue alone. Find girlfriends who you can connect with and will help you embrace your true beauty.