Hi everyone and welcome to my Healthier Lifestyle website. I have struggled with my weight since High School, not because I was overweight, but because in my own eyes, I always compared myself to the people around me and found myself lacking. We are as always, our harshest critic.
It’s taken me years to get comfortable in my own skin and learn to appreciate myself for the wonderful human being I am. I have since shifted my focus from wanting to lose weight so I can be like everyone else to focusing on living a healthier lifestyle.
Now I’m ready to share my journey.
Over the years, I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. My journey is ongoing but I am no longer that timid young girl who wants to be like everyone else so I can fit in.
My Struggles With Weight
My weight struggles didn’t surface until I went to High School. When I started High School and noticed all the attention given to skinny girls and cheerleaders, I became self conscious about my body and my weight. I was at that age when I was just starting to notice boys and realizing that they went for the popular, skinny cheerleader types.
And suddenly, I began to question and doubt myself.
This was an internal struggle all through out my high school and college years. And off course, many of us know what a toll becoming a mother takes on our bodies, physically as well as emotionally.
Comfortable In My Own Skin
I have tried many fad diets, fasting, cutting my portion sizes, purging, diet teas, diet shakes etc. yup, I’ve tried them all.
I’ve purchased gym memberships, workout DVDs, joined classes, the works. But I was still unhappy with my results as well as with myself. It wasn’t until I looked myself in the eye and told myself “I love you. There is nothing wrong with your body and you do not need to change.” That I realized I am a wonderful human being and I don’t need to starve myself in order to fit into the world around me.
Your Value Doesn’t Decrease Based On Someone’s Inability To See Your Worth
By loving myself as is, I began taking better care of myself. I discovered yoga and my entire outlook changed. I still exercise, not because I want to fit into a dress size or because society deems it so. I do it because I love my body, not because I hate it.
When you make a mistake, forgive yourself. Forgive yourself as many times as you need to in order to move on to better things.
So, have a look around and feel free to reach out. I will be more than happy to share tips.
To a healthier lifestyle, inside and out.
Founder of ahealthierlifestyleafter40.com