Are you really ready to let go of your weight?
As a child I hid behind my mother’s skirt because I was shy.
As a teen I hid behind a mask of confidence because I felt insecure.
And as an adult I hid behind denial.
Denial that I was fat.
Denial that I ate too much.
Denial that shoving food in my mouth in a junk food frenzy could be considered akin to an eating disorder.
Well, that’s what Dr Phil would say. Personally, I think I just really liked the taste of Krispy Kreme’s. And chocolate tart, lemon pie and fried, well… anything.
Yup, I was a junk food junkie. I didn’t WANT to be that way, but all that sugary, salty, snaky stuff was just so darn TASTY!
I loved the sweet comfort of chocolate when I was feeling down. I revelled in the fatty, salty crunch of potato chips when I was feeling happy. Yes, food was my comfort, my joy, my life. So, why was I so desperately unhappy?
The irony was I had always had a desire to be super healthy. I worked in health food stores from the age of 19, hoping against hope that simply standing next to the bins of bland cashew nuts and dried, carrot shavings would help me shed the pounds. But alas, it was not to be.
As my weight escalated to mammoth proportions, I finally realised that the only person who could change my life was me. Was it easy? Nope. Was it quick? Painless? Nope and nope. But, was it worth it? Oh yeah!
There are many days when I still struggle with junk food cravings.
The only difference is that now I crave organic goji berries covered in dark cacao rather than red M&M’s, so progress has been made!
Are you making excuses for your weight?
Are you tired of wrestling with your waist band every time you sit in a chair?
It doesn’t have to be this way.
We are constantly bombarded with media messages beating us over the head with our unworthiness. Unless you are genetically gifted, it seems you need to work a whole lot harder to be accepted in this world.
What if we simply decided that we are worthy of our own love and kindness?
What if we stopped trying to conform to the unconformable and accepted ourselves exactly as we are?
Just think of the possibilities!
No more hateful stares as we ruthlessly critique our own reflection in the mirror.
No more putting ourselves down, tearing ourselves apart or loathing our precious bodies.
If women everywhere united, even if only for the time it takes to read this post, and decided that just for now we won’t hate ourselves anymore, how much happier would we all be?
I think it’s worth a try, don’t you?
I’ve decided that beating emotional eating is a journey. Some days you nail it and others… not so much. But it’s okay, because I don’t have to hide anymore.
This is who I am, in all my glory.
And all of it is just fine with me.
Are you hiding behind your weight?
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