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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

What is a Healthy Body Image?

Ive been doing a lot of thinking lately about body image, and what is healthy. You see images of bodies everywhere - in the media, on TV, in magazines, blogs, fashion ads, and more recently for me, at the pool or beach.

When I was in Benidorm, as you can imagine the weather was gorgeous. The sun was shining, the water twinkling in the sun. All I wanted to do was strip off down to my bikini and dive right in. But I paused, struck with apprehension. Thoughts raced through my mind..."what will people think of me", "I'm not as skinny as her", "my legs touch and I have stretch marks on my tummy, how embarrassing." 

Stuff it. Who cares. So I held my chin up high and did it anyway, trying to hide the uncomfortable feelings I was having. And as the weekend went on, the uncomfortable feelings vanished. I am what I am. I've had a baby, of course I have stretch marks. I might be overweight compared to what's in the media today, but I am ME. I'm a natural, healthy woman. Yes I have curves and yes I have stretch marks and cellulite, but I've decided I don't care. I am a real woman, not those airbrush stick thin models that's so often pushed in our faces these days.



I've taken a big step and cancelled my weight Watchers subscription. I'm sick of today's society telling me subconsciously that I am not beautiful because I am not skinny. I am going to focus on being healthy. Eating healthy and getting natural exercise by playing with my little gremlin and going on walks with my husband. I am going to be happy, and focus my precious time in things that bring me joy. I don't want to spend my hours worrying about being fat or not being 'normal' enough for today's culture, I am going to spend my time on things that truly are important to me and to my family.

And to tell you the truth, it feels phenomenal. I feel like I have a new lease of life. Without the worry of counting the pro points in everything that I am eating, I have found my love of cooking again. I am not limited to certain recipes or foods.   I have eaten more fruit and veg in the last week than I have done all month because I WANT to, and because it tastes nice. Not because I feel like I have to. 



So I quit Weight Watchers and have lost 3 lbs this week without trying. But that's the point, I'm not trying. I'm being healthy, and it feels great!


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